August 21, 2012 @ 8:12 AM

 What we know (and don't really know) about the origin and history of Halloween

What is Halloween?

Halloween is a secular holiday combining vestiges of traditional harvest festival celebrations with customs more specific to the occasion such as costume wearing, trick-or-treating, pranksterism, and decorations based on imagery of death and the supernatural. The observance takes place on October 31.

Though it was regarded up until the last few decades of the 20th century as primarily a children's holiday, in more recent years common Halloween activities such as mask wearing, costume parties, themed decorations, and even trick-or-treating have grown quite popular with adults as well, making Halloween an all-ages ...

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August 21, 2012 @ 7:53 AM

  

 With Labor Day weekend approaching, I began thinking about the reasons we celebrate during this time. A three-day weekend is reason enough for us to celebrate and I can hardly wait!. Cookouts, pool parties, beer, and hot dogs are all common for the long weekend ahead. But with all the festivities, many of us probably do not know what the reasoning is behind the holiday. Few realize that Labor Day exists to allow people to remember and honor the struggles for respect, dignity, and acceptable wages and working conditions for the rank-and-file employees.

The Knights of Labor created the first Labor Day in 1882 and Congress made it a national holiday in 1894. President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with the labor ...

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