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History of Presidents Day: More than just Washington and Lincoln?
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HISTORY OF PRESIDENTS' DAY During my lifetime, two American holidays got consolidated into one. In 1971, a day between both Lincoln's Birthday on Feb… Read More

History of Presidents Day: More than just Washingt…
History of Chinese New Year
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HISTORY OF CHINESE NEW YEAR Today marks the beginning of Chinese New Year. This is the oldest, longest, and most important social and economic holida… Read More

History of Chinese New Year
History of St. Valentine's Day
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HISTORY OF ST. VALENTINE'S DAY Valentine or Valentinus is the name of at least three martyred saints. The most celebrated are the two martyrs whose… Read More

History of St. Valentine’s Day
History of Ash Wednesday: Where does the Ash come from?
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HISTORY OF ASH WEDNESDAY In the Western church, the first day of Lent is called Ash Wednesday from the ceremonial use of ashes, as a symbol of penite… Read More

History of Ash Wednesday: Where does the Ash come…
History of Mardi Gras: Why is it called Fat Tuesday?
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HISTORY OF MARDI GRAS In French, Mardi Gras means "Fat Tuesday" and is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday as a last "fling" before the 40 days o… Read More

History of Mardi Gras: Why is it called Fat Tuesda…
History of Shrove Monday
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HISTORY OF SHROVE MONDAY The Monday before Ash Wednesday is known as Shrove Monday. The three days before Ash Wednesday is also known as "Shrovetide… Read More

History of Shrove Monday
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