Holidays

Columbus Day History and Facts for Kids

Many countries in the New World and elsewhere celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas, which occurred on October 12, 1492, as an official holiday. Columbus Day first became an official state holiday in Colorado in 1906, and became a federal holiday in the United States in 1937, though people have celebrated Columbus’ voyage since the colonial period. These patriotic rituals were framed around […]

Diwali Facts and History for Kids

Deepavali or Diwali, popularly known as the “festival of lights,” is a five-day Hindu festival which starts on Dhanteras, celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month Ashwin and ends on Bhaubeej, celebrated on second lunar day of Shukla paksha (bright fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month Kartik. In the Gregorian […]

History and Facts about Father’s Day for Kids

Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Father’s Day was inaugurated in the United States in the early 20th century to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting. After the success obtained by Anna Jarvis with the promotion of Mother’s Day in the […]

How a Leap Year is Calculated Around The World

Western Gregorian calendars have a leap day added in February every 4 years. Other cultures add days, and even months, to their calendars to account for leap days. These leap days, or months, though, do not necessarily coincide with ours, happen on the same month, or even occur every four years. Why we Need A […]

Groundhog Day History and Facts for Kids

Groundhog Day is a day celebrated on February 2. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks. Modern customs of the holiday involve celebrations […]

Facts about Earth Day for Kids

It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year. This day of nature’s equipoise was later sanctioned in a Proclamation signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations. A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an […]

Kwanzaa Facts and Information For Kids

The word “Kwanzaa” is derived from Swahili and translates to “first fruits of the harvest.” Kwanzaa is a seven-day celebration from December 26th-Janurary 1st. Kwanzaa is a relatively new holiday, first observed in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga to celebrate and honor African culture and to also inspire African-Americans. Some think that it’s a religious holiday, but Kwanzaa […]

Day of the Dead History and Facts For Kids

Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a ritual celebrated in certain areas of the United States and Central America, and Mexico.  Festive gathering takes place every year on November 1st (All Saints Day, or El Dia de Todos los Santos) and November 2nd (All Souls Day, or El Dia de los Muertos).  The Day of the Dead originated […]

Memorial Day History and Facts for Kids

Every year Memorial Day rolls around, and we do our usually celebrating of the event. Their are memorial day sales at the stores, there are plenty of cookouts, and their is just a general sense that we must all gather around in social circles. However, memorial day has something that no other holiday of this type has, […]

Veterans Day History and Fun Facts for Kids

Everyone knows that Veterans Day falls in November every year. But when did Veterans Day begin? Why do we celebrate it in November? Veterans Day is held on the same date every year, November 11, regardless of the day of the week. It has been a national holiday since President Dwight Eisenhower declared it as such in 1954. The following questions and answers will […]

Facts about Boxing Day (December 26th)

Boxing Day was believed to have originally begun in the mid 1800s by Queen Victoria in England and takes place on December 26th each year. It spread to other countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, and then onto other Christian countries as well. Some traditions date back to the Middle Ages, so the exact origin of […]

Valentine’s Day History and Facts for Kids

We all know that Valentine’s Day means either loneliness or love and jewelry, chocolates or flowers. But why do we celebrate the day with these symbols and gifts? Where did it all begin? The following covers the origins of the holiday (no, it was not invented by Hallmark), how it changed throughout it’s 1500 years of history […]

History and Meaning of Mardi Gras Masks

A mask is defined as an item that is typically placed on one’s face and is usually worn for either performance, protections, amusement or to hide ones face. The act of masking started with the worshipping of the wine god, Dionysos. At the festival, actors wore large colorful masks that were shaped in a way that […]

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