St. Patrick’s Day may be an Irish holiday, but it’s celebrated all over the world. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that the first St. Patrick’s parade didn’t happen in Ireland — it was held in New York City, in 1762. While the NYC parade continues to be the largest St. Paddy’s gathering, people everywhere across the globe dress up and take to the streets on March 17 to celebrate shamrocks, leprechauns, and pints of Guinness. Here are 13 of the world’s biggest celebrations.
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If you’re into cute animals, delicious food, beloved figures, or legendary betrayal (yeah), March is the month for you. Here are 15 offbeat holidays that celebrate a wide variety of quirky passions.
Happy President’s Day! This federal holiday is often associated with sales and travel deals, but it’s important to remember that it’s also about patriotism and remembrance. As the country celebrates Presidents Day 2017, here are 10 inspiring things said by some of history’s most influential leaders. They include leadership advice from Thomas Jefferson, confidence lessons from Theodore Roosevelt, and reflections on success from Abraham Lincoln. Their words rang true then and continue to ring true today.
It’s Valentine’s Day, and like a many other various holidays, different countries celebrate Valentine’s Day in different ways. Although in the U.S., shelves have been brimming with teddy bears and boxes of chocolate for the last few weeks, not every country turns to greeting cards and heart-shaped candies to declare love. Some exchange wooden spoons and pressed flowers, while others hold a special holiday for the loveless to mourn their single lives over black noodles. Here is a look at how 14 countries celebrate Valentine’s Day traditions all around the world.
The days leading up to February 14 — particularly if you have someone special to shop for — can be stressful. To help guide your gifting and save you time (so you can get a leg up on planning your romantic itinerary instead), we put together 20 perfect presents for the special woman in your life (a gift guide for the special men if you life will be coming in the next couple of days). These ideas are suited for every stage of a relationship, so there’s bound to be something she’ll love in the list to follow.And of course, don’t forget to tell your Valentine you love her! Because that’s really the best gift of all.
Happy Chinese New Year! Each year, the holiday, also known as the Lunar New Year, begins on the first full moon between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20. This year, that day fell on Saturday, Jan. 28. And with each turning year, comes the association of a new animal in the Chinese zodiac. 2017 is the Year of the Rooster, and millions around the globe turned out to celebrate the occasion this past weekend. So, in honor of the Lunar New Year, here’s a brief explanation of the Chinese zodiac, as well as what your zodiac sign is and what that means to you.
“I have a dream.” These timeless words echoed from the mouth of Martin Luther King Jr. and pierced the heart of a nation. Now, on every third Monday of the year, hundreds of millions of people across the United States, Canada, and elsewhere celebrate the fact that the world is a better place because of MLK. And although most people are familiar with those four famous words, we would venture to say that there are at least a few things about King’s life you may not be aware of. So, as we honor one of the greatest civil rights leaders of our time, here are 30 surprising facts about the civil rights leader and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize winner.
December 26 is not only a day for Santa Claus to catch his breath, but it’s also a public holiday known as Boxing Day that is celebrated in the United Kingdom and other British Commonwealth countries. In spite of its peculiar name, Boxing Day has nothing to do with fist-fighting, the trashing of empty Christmas boxes, nor the return of unwanted presents to department stores. Here’s everything you need to know about the day and why it is celebrated.
No matter where you’re from, Christmas trees are usually a big part of the holiday season. New York, for instance, prides itself on its beautiful and gigantic tree in Rockefeller Center, but it’s not the only spectacular holiday spruce. From a tree boasting Rome’s Colosseum as a backdrop to a tree floating in the middle of a lagoon, here are 16 trees worth traveling for.
This holiday season, families across the United States will gather to enjoy special meals together. But the dishes eaten during those meals can vary depending on where you live. To get a fuller picture of Americans’ favorite holiday recipes, Business Insider consulted Google. Looking at search data from December 9 to 15, Google’s researchers found the most… View Article
Although it’s often fun to give gifts, the anxiety of choosing them is still a major cause of holiday stress. This is especially true for obligatory gifts you feel compelled to give people you don’t know well: the year-end tips for service people. Are you, like many people, wondering how much holiday cheddar to give your doorman, hairstylist, or personal trainer? Use this holiday tipping guide so everyone gets checked off your list this season.
From Christmas to Hanukkah and Kwanzaa to Boxing Day, the Holiday season is a special time of year that is often looked forward to by many people across the globe. Here are 40 interesting facts about these Holidays that you may have not known before. From the origin of Santa’s name to the number of lights on the Rockefeller Center tree, these bits of winter wisdom will give you a needed reprieve from the holiday hoopla—and they’re also great conversation starters for the company holiday party.