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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 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 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...

Why Do We Celebrate St Patrick’s Day?

Why Do We Celebrate St Patrick's Day?
One of the widely celebrated annual events in various parts of the world, St. Patrick’s Day is a festive celebration commemorating the sainthood of one of the highly influential religious figures. New Zealand, the United States and Ireland are just few of the many countries that pay homage to Saint Patrick, which is usually held every 17th day of March. For those who wish to know the real meaning behind the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, here are some highly important details and information. Reason Behind the Celebration of St. Patrick’s Day Why do we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? The primary reason for the celebration is to commemorate the feast day of Saint Patrick, a Christian missionary who later on became the patron saint of Ireland. It is held every 17th day of March, which...

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...