St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional to honor the patron saint of Ireland. Whether you’re planning a St. Patrick’s Day party or a small family meal, we have St. Patrick’s Day recipes to help. [Read more…]
People born in the year of the monkey are skill, clever and inventive problem solvers. However they also have tendency to be somewhat erratic and too agreeable. They have difficulty when things don’t work out they way they planed.
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Halloween, is a holiday with a deep history and is celebrated every year on October 31. Although Halloween is not seen as a religious holiday, the origins of the word Halloween comes from the Catholic Church- as in the Catholic religion, November 1 is known as All Hallows Day (a day to honor all saints). So All Hallows Eve was coined for October 31.
Most people agree that the history of Halloween dates back to the 5th century BC, in Celtic Ireland. In those days, October 31 marked the official end of summer, and the day was known as Samhain. Many stories try to explain why Halloween is known as a night for spirits and ghoulish costumes.
Although most are thought to be myths, many seem to carry a theme of spirits coming back from the dead to search for living bodies to possess. To combat their fears, the Celts would dress up in scary costumes in order to frighten away the spirits and discourage the dead from coming near them.
Throughout the years, Halloween celebrations were adapted to fit into the beliefs and practices of other societies.
In medieval times, a common practice on All Soul’s Day was to make “soul cakes” (a bread dessert). Children would go door-to-door begging for the cakes (a custom called “souling”). Everytime a child collected a cake, they would have to say a prayer for the dead relative of the person who gave the cake. It was said that these prayers would help the soul of the dead relation so that they could rest in peace.
It is quickly becoming an annual tradition to dress up for St. Patrick’s Day. Schools and offices are now accepting holiday themed costumes being worn on St. Patrick’s Day. The most interesting costumes now come with St Patrick’s Day stockings. Stockings can be casually worn under work attire to be seen only under the pants legs or with a full costume of a barmaid or leprechaun. [Read more…]
Giving flowers on Mother’s Day has been a part of the modern Mother’s Day holiday from the start. Ironically the commercialization of flower industry, is one of the factors that made the holiday’s creator end up hating Mother’s Day. [Read more…]
Halloween is a holiday that has its traditions rooted in centuries old traditions. For example the tradition of dressing in costume on Halloween was a way of remembering and honoring recently departed loved ones. It was also a disguise used to ward or scare off sprits that temporarily crossed into the world of the living on Halloween. Jack O Lanterns are another Halloween tradition, in ancient and medieval Europe Jack O Lanterns were carved out of turnips or other gourds. Pumpkins were never used until the Pilgrims colonized the Americas. The tradition of going door to door and saying trick-or-treat has it’s origins in old European tradition of begging for soul cakes door to door (this was known as souling).
Other Halloween traditions include bobbing for apples, or eating candied or caramel apples off a fishing pole. Another holiday tradition popular among teens and adults is holding a sÃ©ance and using an Ouija board to receive message from spirits.
At Cinco de Mayo festivals and parties across the United States you can find traditional Mexican and Spanish foods being served. This includes tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, empanadas, fajitas, and paella. Mexican deserts are also another favorite including sweet and sticky churros and flans in a wide variety of flavors.Photo by SweetOnVeg
- Americans spend 2 billion dollars on Easter candy
- Over 60 million chocolate rabbits are sold
- Which part of the rabbit gets eaten first?
- 75% eat the ears first
- 12% eat the feet first
- 10% eat the tail first
- 65% of Americans prefer milk chocolate or dark chocolate
- Americans buy 600 million peeps for Easter
- Americans by 15 million jellybeans for Easter, enough to circle the earth three times
- Jellybeans were not an Easter tradition until the 1930’s when they were invented by William shrafft a Boston candy maker
- Jellybean flavor preferences
- Cherry 19%
- Strawberry 13%
- Grape 10%
- Lime 7%
- Marshmallow peeps were 50 years old in 2003
- The first peep took 27 hours to produce it now takes 6 minutes
- 700 Million peeps will be produced this Easter
- The most popular peeps for Easter are chicks and bunnies and come in pink, lavendar, blue, white and yellow, the yellow chick is the most popular
- You can freeze, microwave roast or top your pizza with peeps
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Regardless of whether or not you are Irish or not, Irish pubs and bars have been popular for generations. The following are a list of 10 different Irish bars and pubs located throughout the U.S. that are well known for their Irish food, drink, Irish music, and camaraderie.
McSorley’s Old Ale House
Established in the year 1854, McSorley’s Old Ale House is the oldest of New York City’s bars and saloons. Noted patrons from John Lennon to Abe Lincoln have had pint and spent time in McSorley’s Ale House. The walls of this famous establishment are covered with historic information and the floors are strewn with sawdust to give them an authentic and unmistakable appearance.
Known as being the “Home of the Perfect Pint”, the Snug in Boston offers an extensive menu along with wonderful entertainment. Ellen and Ed, the owners of The Snug, are always awaiting the arrival of visitors. The Snug is perhaps most well-known for its European draft system which is state-of-the-art.
Grafton Pub & Grill
The Grafton Pub & Grill in Chicago, which is named after a renowned street located in Dublin, is well known for its hospitality, and for its selection of over 70 beers, and a collection of Scottish and Irish whiskies. Along with beer and whisky, the Grafton Pub & Grill boasts wonderful American and Irish comfort foods and live music Sunday through Wednesday.
Buskers is a Irish Bar and Restaurant which is family owned and located in Newport, Rhode Island. After its renovations in 2003, this quaint location became the cozy niche which is enjoyed by visitors today. It has a great selection of food and beverages, a genuine Irish atmosphere complete with pictures, artifacts, and antiques.
Anna Liffey’s is an Irish Bar located in New Haven Connecticut, which has received the Head Brew Master’s “Perfect Pint Award”. Each Sunday, visitors can enjoy live Irish music, Tuesday night for Trivia night and each Saturday to enjoy local bands.
Kells in Portland has become well-known as the as the U.S.’s #1 Irish Restaurant and bar and has served its many visitors for 25 years. People who come into Kells Portland are met with wonderful food, unparalled service, live Irish music 7 days a week, and a welcoming atmosphere.
McGillin’s Olde Ale House
McGillin’s Olde Ale House in Philadelphia, was opened the year that Lincoln was elected as president, soon after the Liberty Bell was cracked and before the breaking of the ground for the construction of Philadelphia City Hall. Established in 1860, this Ale House is the oldest tavern still operating in Philadelphia.
Kevin Barry’s Pub, which is situated in Savannah, Georgia, is located on the Savannah River in one of the city’s oldest buildings. They also offers delicious food, a wide selection of beers and alcohol, as well as live Irish music. Kevin Barr’s which is opened in 1980, is a well-known spot for military personnel, and is known across the world as a wonderful Irish spot.
Fado Irish Pub
The word Fadó, which is translated as “long ago”, is a perfect name for this bar that is steeped in culture and a genuine atmosphere. Fado Irish Pub in Washington DC, is the perfect location for family outings, office lunches, and fun nights full of food, drink, and music.
The Kerry Irish Pub
The Kerry Irish Pub in New Orleans, was established in 1993, was initially a haven for those who enjoyed live Irish music but quickly became a location for people who wish to enjoy all types of music including rock, folk, country, Irish, roots rock, bluegrass, and other types of soul music. The venue is always available to local as well as visiting musicians.
There are numerous Irish bars and pubs scattered throughout the country, many of which are very enjoyable. However, if you find yourself living in or visiting an area close to these bars, they are a sure ticket to an enjoyable and wonderful time out.
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Artist Peter Carl Faberge, while in St Petersburg Russia created the Faberge eggs in the 1880’s. The ‘Easter Egg’ is made of rubies, diamonds, gold, pearls, enamel, and Lapis lazuli. The egg has hinge, which opens to reveal a ‘yoke crown’. The crown is also hinged and contains a ruby. This is not one of renowned imperial eggs but was most likely was fabricated as a gift for a member of the Russian aristocracy.
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