Category Archives: History, Culture and Traditions

Celebrate Oktoberfest Pandemic-Style

Yes, it’s true: sadly “Oktoberfest” in Munich, originally scheduled to begin September 18 this year, has been cancelled. And yes, the Vienna, Virginia and Winchester, Virginia Oktoberfest events have also been cancelled. Even Das Festhaus at Busch Gardens Williamsburg is … Continue reading

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Tonight is the Hunter’s Moon, the full moon of October

Do you love gazing at the moon? The moon will full at 5:08 pm, eastern standard time. In September, we had the Harvest Moon. Tonight the moon is called the Hunter’s Moon. The moon will also be full tomorrow night. … Continue reading

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New USPS #HalloweenStamps are available today!

Today, the Postal Service will issue four Forever stamps, just in time for Halloween, and they are beauts! They will be officially dedicated at the Milford Pumpkin Festival in Milford, New Hampshire at 5 pm. The Spooky Silhouettes stamps feature … Continue reading

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The Irish origins of Halloween

Halloween was originally a pagan holiday to honor the dead. It can be traced back to the Druids, a Celtic culture in Ireland (as well as Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man) that existed more than 2000 … Continue reading

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Tomorrow is the Mid-Autumn Festival

Have you heard of the Mid-Autumn Festival? In Asian cultures, this holiday is second only to the Lunar New Year. It is a harvest festival, much like the American holiday, Thanksgiving. During this festival, families travel and gather together for … Continue reading

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Day of the Dead Altar at the Mexican Cultural Institute

November 1st, the Day of the Dead, is one of the most important traditional holidays in Mexico.  Through November 23rd, the Mexican Cultural Institute will showcase its traditional and impressive Day of the Dead Altar.  Admission is free (street meter parking). For … Continue reading

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Macabre and Fun: Twisted Disney Princesses

If you think ghoulish is kind of cool, you have to check out Jeffrey Thomas’s freaky riff on the Disney Princesses.  Here are just two — visit his blog to see them all.

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Harvest Moon Tonight – time to get a moon cake!

Tonight is the full moon for October.  This moon is known as the Harvest Moon.  Traditions across many cultures are associated with the rise of this large and beautiful moon. In this area, you can purchase moon cakes in celebration … Continue reading

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The October moon is full tonight!

Arroooo! I hope you saw the full moon on September 22nd and 23rd.  It was a full harvest moon (the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox is considered the harvest moon) and it also marked the first day of … Continue reading

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Halloween and the Economy: 2010 Stats

Americans love Halloween.  More than 72% of Americans will hand out candy, more than half say they will decorate their yards for Halloween, and more than 33% of them will have a party or attend a party. Halloween’s not just … Continue reading

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