Tag: Holidays

Memorial Day

This day is designated as a day of remembrance for all those who died in the service of the United States of America.  Originally called Decoration Day, this holiday has been observed by many Americans since the Civil War.   It did not become a federal holiday until 1971, and is observed by many as the […]

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St. Patrick’s Day

Everyone has heard of St. Patrick.  The patron saint of Ireland who drove the snakes from the island.  However, the famous Irish saint was not even Irish by birth.  It is thought that he was born in Scotland, England, Wales or even on the coast of France around 385 CE.  He wasn’t named Patrick either. […]

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Lundi Gras

Lundi Gras is a popular name for a series of Shrove Monday events taking place during the New Orleans Mardi Gras. It includes the tradition of Rex, King of Carnival, arriving by boat. This began in 1874, but the term Lundi Gras (French for “Fat Monday”) was not widely applied until 1987 when the arrival […]

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Burns Night

Tonight is a celebration of the birth of the man who is widely known as the national poet of Scotland.  Robert Burns, or Rabbie Burns, is one of the most famous poets from Scotland and is considered to be a pioneer of the Romantic movement.  As the Scottish diaspora sent immigrants around the world, the […]

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Twelfth Night and Nollaig na mBan

Traditionally, the Christmas season lasted from Christmas Day on the 25th to January 5, and there was a celebration and a holiday for each one.  These were typically in honor of a specific saint.  In medieval Europe, the Christmas holidays were: Day 1 (25th December): Christmas Day, which celebrated the birth of Jesus Day 2 […]

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