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Celebrating History is a Blog about making people aware of the historical events and people that led up to modern-day holidays.  We always do our best to try to achieve the most historically accurate and factual write-ups about the history of holidays.  However, it cannot be ignored that many holidays have a very mysterious history and often multiple story lines leading up to a singular day that have been mixed together and/or translated differently throughout history. So come join us on this journey on discovering some wild adventures that led up to some of the most interesting holiday stories you may ever hear.

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Hopping Through Time: The Rich History of Easter Traditions

Easter, a joyous Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, has evolved over the centuries to include a delightful mix of religious and secular customs. With its roots in ancient pagan rituals, early Christian traditions, and various cultural practices, Easter has a fascinating and diverse history. In this blog, we'll explore the origins of Easter and the development of some of its most cherished traditions, including egg hunts, the Easter Bunny, and the colorful array of Ea

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Uncrowned Guard in Easter

From Ancient Traditions to Modern Celebrations: The History of New Year's

The history of New Year's celebrations dates back to ancient civilizations, where people marked the start of a new year with various rituals and ceremonies. In ancient Rome, the New Year was celebrated on March 1st and was marked with a festival called "Calends." This festival honored the goddess of new beginnings, Janus, who was depicted with two faces, one looking forward and one looking backward. This symbolized the idea of looking back on the past while also looking forward to the futur

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Uncrowned Guard in New Years

The Evolution of Christmas: From Pagan Festival to Global Holiday

The history of Christmas dates back to ancient times. It is believed that the holiday originated as a pagan festival that celebrated the winter solstice. In the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice typically falls on December 21st or 22nd and marks the shortest day of the year. As the story goes, the ancient pagans believed that the sun was a god and that it grew weaker and weaker during the winter months. To help the sun god regain its strength, they held a festival on the shortest day

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Uncrowned Guard in Christmas

The History of Independence Day!

Independence Day is a holiday in the United States, although many nations have a holiday where they celebrate independence from another nation, to celebrate America’s independence from Great Britain and the creation of the United States.  The holiday is often called The Fourth of July and is set on the day when the Declaration of Independence was published declaring independence from Great Britain in 1776. The Revolutionary War began on April 19, 1775, when the New England states began figh

The History of Father's Day

Father’s Day a national holiday in the United States that honors fatherhood and was first celebrated on June 19th, 1910.  While that may have been a straightforward intro to a holiday for our blog, the fact is that Father’s Day also had a quite simple and uneventful start when compared to most holidays out there. In Europe, Saint Joseph’s Day was started in the Catholic faith as a feast day to celebrate fatherhood.  This feast day was usually celebrated on March 19th and started in the very

The History of Juneteenth!

Juneteenth, which is short for June Nineteenth, celebrates the day when United States federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to occupy the state and ensure that slaves were being freed following the Civil War.  The event took place on June 19th in 1865, two months after General Robert E. Lee surrendered at the Appomattox Court House to end the Civil War. It is often considered the longest-running African American holiday and honors the end of slavery in the United States. Even after the

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Uncrowned Guard in Juneteenth

The History of Memorial Day!

Memorial Day is an American holiday honoring the men and women who lost their lives serving the United States military. It is observed on the last Monday of May and originated in the years following the US Civil War, before becoming an official federal holiday in 1971. Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting memorials and cemeteries of those who lost their lives in military service along with holding family gatherings and festivals that are often based around parades. Memorial Day got it

The History of Mother's Day

Mother's Day is a holiday that honors motherhood and is celebrated in numerous different formats and on different days around the world. In the United States, Mother's Day is a single day event where children will often present their mother with flowers and other gifts of appreciation. The holiday has also been known to be associated with numerous women's rights activist movement in recent history. The earliest accounts of a holiday or celebration of motherhood can be traced to the ancient

The History of Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, or translated as the Fifth of May, is the Mexican holiday that celebrates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla during Franco-Mexican war.  The day is sometimes referred to as Battle of Puebla Day and always falls on the 5th day of May.  Cinco de Mayo is often referred to in the United States as Mexican Independence Day, but this is an incorrect reference as it is a minor holiday in Mexico and is the celebration of a single battle. Mexican Independence Day, o
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