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Somehow, Thanksgiving makes us reminisce about the time we enjoyed with family and friends, and about past things we are sincerely thankful for now.

Therein is the magic of this holiday. It brings our dearest and nearest together into the kitchen and around the table. Then, while we are enjoying warm foods, old jokes, and the Macy’s parade or the NFL game, this magic unobtrusively takes us all back to the moments when we were happy.

Or it’s not magic, but just the last slice of flavorful turkey and a glass of good wine.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day, which we also know as Columbus Day, is coming to remind us about two meaningful things. Firstly, it is our celebration of the priceless social and cultural diversity of our country. Secondly, it is our good chance to throw a big homey cookout for family and friends in the golden rays of the October sun.

Let’s see what we are going to toast on October 14, and plan a hearty barbeque menu for the holiday.

Columbus Day is coming on second Monday of the month, October 14. It means that the whole country officially celebrates the Columbus Day, when Americans have an opportunity to spread the patriotism all over the continent. America truly shares a bond with the name of Columbus, for this reason let's remeber some interesting Columbus Day facts, as well as of honorable sailor himself.

The decision to celebrate Labor Day at the beginning of fall had a pragmatic reason.

In the late 19th century there were no official holidays between Independence Day in July and Thanksgiving Day in November. So one extra paid day off right in the middle of this five-month period looked like a very good, humane idea to pay tribute to the labor of workers all around the country.

On the other hand, the first week of September is a perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the last touches of summer warmth on our shoulders breathing in the aromas of early fall.

This year we are going to observe the official part of Labor Day on September 2, on Monday. But why not start a bit earlier to pick some nice bargains in the holiday sales, and get ready for a gourmet picnic?

Easter time always brings something special into our daily routines. While shopping malls and store windows are getting decorated with cute toy chicks and bunnies, the weather is getting more friendly, and we are getting more caring and sympathetic. Just keep an eye on yourself these days.

This is when any miracle can happen.

Chag Chanukah Sameach! Have a happy Hanukkah holiday!

This year the traditional Jewish festival begins at sunset on Sunday, December 2, and lasts until sunset on Monday, December 10. Even though we are observing Hanukkah in the first week of the winter, we can turn the eight-day celebration into the warmest time of the year.

Shhh… Can you hear that? It seems someone (or something) is coming to the door of your house and is going to knock. You freeze and listen to silence, which will be shattered by a sudden hit at the door in a matter of seconds. Bang, bang, bang! It’s Halloween! Hurry up to welcome it! And don’t forget about the sweets you wisely stocked up on.

Let’s make your Halloween celebration ghoulishly delightful! We will need some startling themed decorations and a fang-tastic festive menu.

Columbus Day, Native Americans’ Day, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, or Discover Day – whatever name you consider proper to call this day – is coming to remind us about the deed of Christopher Columbus and his crew, which changed the course of history.

On October 12, 1492, the Italian-Spanish navigator and 90 sailors landed on a Bahamian island after a four-month journey. And if someone had told him then how much his discovery would be influencing lives of hundreds of millions of people for many centuries ahead, he would have only laughed at that weirdo and told him to go take some rest in the cabin.

What does Rosh Hashanah mean to you? This Jewish holiday marks the anniversary of the creation of the universe, the beginning of a new year, and a warm family get-together after the prayer service.

That is why Rosh Hashanah is certainly one of the most anticipated celebrations. It reminds of the value of life, gives hope for a change to the better, and unites people. No matter what you prefer to compare life with, a circle or a spiral, and even if you don’t really care about all this geometry, Rosh Hashanah still may and will signify a brand-new stage of your life, where you can improve what you have and to realize what you’ve been dreaming of.

It takes courage and faith to do great things. The Founding Fathers of the United States definitely had both, since they dared commit what was considered treason and could be punished by death, but managed to open a new page in the world’s history and unite a new nation.

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved and 12 colonies adopted the original draft of the actual Declaration of Independence, composed mostly by Thomas Jefferson.

Before we begin, let’s check what astronomy has to tell us this year. With the latest advances in space research and rocketry, it’s almost impossible to miss what’s happening high up above our heads.

History tells us that in the 4th century AD, it was established that Easter Sunday had to fall on or immediately follow the full moon right after the March Equinox. Additionally, the date of the holiday must be taken as the 14th day of the lunar month, the time period between two new moons. History also tells us that the beginning of spring is marked by day and night on Earth being equal length.