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Category: Holidays

2013 Groundhog Day celebration in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Groundhog Was Once on Punxsutawney’s Menu

More than a century ago, Punxsutawney residents relied on groundhogs for more than just weather forecasts. They ate them as well.

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Celebrate a Southpaw, It’s Left-Handers’ Day

August 13 marks the 21st annual celebration honoring left-handed achievements.

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8 Things You May Not Know About Memorial Day

From its Civil War origins to its modern-day traditions, find out more about America’s most solemn holiday.

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Why the Founder of Mother’s Day Turned Against It

Anna Jarvis, who founded Mother’s Day in 1908, passionately opposed its growing commercialization and eventually campaigned against the holiday.

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8 Zany April Fools’ Day Hoaxes

From spaghetti trees to a Nixon comeback, check out some of history’s most elaborate April Fools’ Day pranks.

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George Washington’s Revolutionary St. Patrick’s Day

When General George Washington needed to boost sagging patriot morale, he enlisted a rarely celebrated holiday—St. Patrick’s Day—to the cause.

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6 Surprising Facts About St. Valentine

Who was St. Valentine, and why do we celebrate him on February 14? In honor of Valentine’s Day, get the facts about this enigmatic character.

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9 Things You May Not Know About Mardi Gras

As Mardi Gras bacchanalia break out in New Orleans and elsewhere, get the facts about this raucous affair.

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8 Things You Should Know About Chinese New Year

Usher in the Year of the Snake with a detailed look at Chinese New Year.

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A Brief History of College Bowl Games

As college football kicks off 2013 with six bowl games, explore the history of this New Year’s Day tradition.

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5 Things You May Not Know About Kwanzaa

As millions of people around the world prepare to celebrate Kwanzaa, explore five things you may not know about this pan-African holiday.

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The Royal Roots of the American Christmas Tree

An American holiday tradition was launched by a fashionable British queen celebrating an old German custom.

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Guy Fawkes Day: A Brief History

As Britain celebrates Guy Fawkes Day today with fireworks and bonfires, look back at Fawkes’ failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605.