Category Archives: History, Culture and Traditions

The Harvest Moon shines tonight – meditation and more

Today is the Harvest moon. Several cultures celebrate this special day with unique festivities, notably the Asian Mid-Autumn Festival. Jasmine-scented mooncake, anyone? The full moon will be in Pisces. The vibe with this moon encourages you to trust your intuition … Continue reading

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Happy Oktoberfest!

The Bavarian folk festival Oktoberfest officially starts at noon today and lasts through October 3rd. The first Oktoberfest was a public celebration of King Ludwig’s marriage in 1810. The festival involves parades, horse races, marksmen contests, traditional costumes, agricultural exhibits, … Continue reading

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Happy Frankenstein Day!

In honor of Mary Shelley’s birthday, today has been designated as National Frankenstein Day.  Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in 1818 when she was only 18 years old. Lord Byron suggested she, he and Percy Bysshe Shelley compete to see who … Continue reading

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Happy National Black Cat Appreciation Day!

Do you love black cats? Well, today is your day, then!  Today is the U.S. recognition day for these beautiful felines. It is also a day shelters use to encourage adoption of black cats. How did black cats become associated … Continue reading

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Add these spooky recognition days to your planner!

Halloween comes but once a year. But Halloween spirit is everlasting! Since today is National Planner Day, I wanted to share some spooky recognition days you might like to add to your monthly planner. Do you know of any more? … Continue reading

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Happy National Black Cat Day

Black cats are an enduring symbol associated with Halloween. And why wouldn’t they be? They’re nocturnal, difficult to see at night and a little easy to spook — just like we are on Halloween! Today, we love the fun image … Continue reading

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Happy National Pumpkin Day!

Happy National Pumpkin Day! Today would be a great day to pick out some pumpkins for your Halloween jack-0-lanterns. Did you know? The word “pumpkin” comes from the Greek word, meaning “large melon.” Pumpkin is in the melon famil; it … Continue reading

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Fortune-Telling Games for Halloween

Since the time of the Druids, Halloween has been a time for divination, or forecasting future events with magic.  Many of these fortune-telling games have been traditionally played at Halloween parties, and most involve apples. Apple Peel: Try to peel … Continue reading

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The History of Halloween (video)

In this 3-1/2 minute video, the History Channel explores Halloween’s ancient origins and how they took their modern form in the United States. I love all the vintage images and footage in this video!

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Tour an historic cemetery

During the pandemic, we all need to avoid being close to other people. But we also need to spend time outdoors and experience new things to fend off boredom. One place where you are sure to have a little elbow … Continue reading

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