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Why is Mardi Gras Celebrated?

Why is Mardi Gras Celebrated?
Wherever it’s held the scenes at carnivals are full of color, pageantry and pure frenzy. Yet behind it all, there are many reasons why people celebrate Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday The carnival is also called Fat Tuesday, as it takes place before Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. So Fat Tuesday or carnival is the last chance for people to enjoy themselves before turning to prayers and meditation. So while the scene is filled with frenzy and partying, there are actually religious undertones beneath it all. It’s worth noting that the carnival is another example of how the Church managed to fuse the pagan elements with Christian themes. Unable to stop the populace from participating, the authorities infused it with a religious element. To Promote Tourism Another reason...

Why Do We Celebrate Thanksgiving?

Why Do We Celebrate Thanksgiving?
Although it’s commemorated throughout the country, not everyone is familiar with the history of Thanksgiving. Uncovering the facts will help remove the various myths that have grown around it through the years. Illness and Food Shortage During the early 1600s, several Pilgrims chose to reside in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Initially the area looked ideal. In the years 1619 to 1620, severe winters came. Their lack of knowledge about farming made things worse. As food became scare, various ailments began appearing. Almost half the population died during this period. Although some American Indians taught the Pilgrims how to plant, it wasn’t enough to overcome the problem. The Redistribution of Land A student of the history of Thanksgiving will also realize that the famine took place because...

Why Do We Celebrate the 4th of July?

Why Do We Celebrate the 4th of July?
Aside from being referred to as ‘Glorious Fourth’ or simply ‘the Fourth,’ the U.S. Independence Day also goes by the name ‘the 4th of July.’ As one of the highly anticipated holidays each year, this special event is characterized by inspiring speeches, amazing displays of fireworks as well as joyous musical concerts. For others, this day can be considered a perfect day to spend some really great time together with close friends, relatives and families. Thanks to the festive atmosphere and colorful activities, this event is simply one of the happiest days of the year. For people who want to know the reason why people celebrate the 4th of July, they can find the answer just by taking a quick look back at the history of the U.S. The Major Reason Behind the 4th of July...

Why Do We Celebrate Halloween?

Why Do We Celebrate Halloween?
The origin of Halloween is still a matter of debate. But the belief of most is that it had something to do with the Celtic festivals in ancient Europe. The Celtic Druid Samhain Festival The Celts had two important deities, the sun god and the god of the dead. The latter’s day was celebrated on November 1. This was also the first day of the New Year. The festival was called Samhain. Even when the Roman Empire ruled, the festival was maintained. As was usually the case in the Empire, the Celtic elements were mixed with those of Roman myths. This included the worship of Pomona, goddess of fruits. It’s been pointed out that the origin of Halloween customs like bobbing for apples came from this Celtic / Roman fusion. The Festival in Christian Europe The custom in early Christian Europe was...

Why is Independence Day Celebrated on July 4th?

Why is Independence Day Celebrated on July 4th?
Nothing can match the superior satisfaction that people can get from being free. This is the very essence of Independence Day in the U.S. Also called the Fourth of July, this holiday celebrates that great moment when the country finally acquired its liberty from the foreign power who once took it. This specific date is highly important to the U.S. as well as to its citizens because it served as a huge turning point in the nation’s history. The Reason Why People Celebrate Independence Day on the Fourth of July Why is Independence Day Celebrated on July 4th? It was on July 4, 1776 when the Continental Congress adopted the United States Declaration of Independence. Written by Thomas Jefferson, this all-important statement declared the independence of 13 American colonies from the British Empire....