Holidays

  1. Set Sail Mateys! Swashbuckling Words Ahead

  2. What Is The Lunar New Year?

    The Lunar New Year is one of the biggest holidays in East Asia. Because it’s based on the Chinese lunisolar calendar, we tend to call it Chinese New Year here in the West. For millions of Asian Americans, this is a time to gather with family, start the year off right, and eat a lot of delicious food. Like, a lot. You may have seen …

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    What Is A Bastille?

    On Bastille Day, the world parties in the name of France. But do you know what makes Bastille Day so important not just for France but the history of all democracies? What is a bastille? A bastille is French for “fortress,” “castle,” or “bastion.” What is Bastille Day? But, Bastille Day is specifically about the Bastille Saint-Antoine, which is a fortress-prison in Paris that was stormed …

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    ‘Tis the Season To Learn More About ‘Tis

    It's holiday season again. Now what does ‘tis mean again?
  5. Light Up Your Language For The Festival Of Lights

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    Why Is Easter Island Named “Easter”?

    The instantly recognizable statues on Easter Island (887 of them), called moai, have perplexed and fascinated explorers, experts and average folks since the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen came across it in 1722. And Mr. Roggeveen is the reason it’s called Easter Island. He and his crew dropped anchor on Easter Sunday. The current inhabitants of Isla de Pascua (Spanish for “Easter Island”) call it Rapa Nui, a …

  7. Meet Krampus, Saint Nick’s Not-So-Jolly Sidekick

    As the lyrics to the beloved Christmas carol “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” go: “He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice / Santa Claus is coming to town.” Well, if you thought Santa Claus was keeping tabs on who was good or bad, wait until you meet Krampus. Who is Krampus? In Austria, Hungary, and many other parts of Central Europe like Croatia …

  8. How Did The Color Pink Become Associated With Valentine’s Day?

    You’re minding your own business in the grocery store when—wham! There they are … those pink hearts and candies placed at eye level by merchants reminding you that once again, Valentine’s Day is here. Why pink? How did pink become so strongly associated with February 14, roses, and romance? The original meaning of pink The origin of the word pink is notoriously uncertain. The word pink …