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Why Do We Celebrate Memorial Day?

Why Do We Celebrate Memorial Day?
Memorial Day is one of the most important holidays in the U.S. Observed annually every last Monday of May, people usually take some time off from their work and other activities to reflect on the significance of this all-important celebration. To know the reason why we celebrate Memorial Day, it is quite interesting to look at the various significant events in history that made this day very special. The Significance of Memorial Day Why do we celebrate Memorial Day? The primary reason why people celebrate this special event is to commemorate the lives of U.S. soldiers and other military personnel who sacrificed their lives and died in honor of their country. Before, people celebrated this event in honor of the casualties of the American Civil War, particularly Union soldiers. Today, the entire...

Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?

Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?
Every first Monday of September, Americans take a moment to recognize the contributions of the working man. It was officially inaugurated in 1882 and there are several reasons why people celebrate Labor Day. To Make Amends There are many theories concerning its origin. Some claim President Cleveland signed it into law to make up for what he did in the past. There was a rally by railway unionists in Chicago. The President ordered state troops to take command. The ensuing battle led to the deaths of over 30 workers. Others claim that the holiday was put in place because of an incident in Chicago wherein 8 workers were unjustly accused (and executed) for crimes they didn’t commit. There are other legends, but they have a common theme. That is, it was to pay back the workers for the wrongs...

Why Do We Celebrate April Fools Day?

Why Do We Celebrate April Fools Day?
There are many different theories about the origin and history of April Fools Day. However, most of them are just theories. There is no real evidence to point to any single individual or event. The 16th Century French Calendar One theory is that it originated in France. In 1564, the government decided to move the New Year from March 31 to January 1. Whether it was by decree or just something the people thought of, jokes and pranks were concocted on those who refused to adjust or forgot the new date. The most popular prank was to place paper fish on the rear of these folks. They were known as Poisson d’Avril (April Fish). The history of April Fools Day thus began in France, according to this theory. Spring Festivals Some researchers feel that its origins can be traced to the...

Why is It Bad to Wear White After Labor Day?

Why is It Bad to Wear White After Labor Day?
Celebrated all throughout the world, Labor Day is an annual event that people hold in honor of the social and economic contributions of workers to society. While most countries celebrate this event on the first day of May, other countries celebrate it differently, such as in the U.S. wherein the celebration is held in September. Learn more about its history including why it is bad to wear white after Labor Day. Why People Consider It Bad to Wear White After Labor Day Why is it bad to wear white after Labor Day? People avoid wearing white during this particular day based on customs and traditions. Sometime between the latter parts of the 19th century and early parts of the 20th century, white clothing was used as status symbol for middle class members. Meanwhile, others believe that this kind...

Why is Easter Celebrated?

Why is Easter Celebrated?
Even though it is a Christian feast, there are now many other reasons why people celebrate Easter. As with Christmas, it has become something of a secular holiday in America. Even in other countries, other aspects have been added to the festival. The Resurrection of Jesus For a lot of Christians, the reason remains the same. It is the day in which Jesus rose from the dead. After being crucified and dying, Jesus rose from the dead promising eternal life to those who believe in him. Among many Christian denominations, the day is commemorated with prayers and hymns. Some Protestant groups start their observation on the night of Holy / Black Saturday. They light candles and at daybreak. For these Christians, the reason why people celebrate Easter (or should) is to remember the risen Christ. Egg...