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Why is Halloween Celebrated?

Why is Halloween Celebrated?
"Trick or Treat!" shout little witches, paper-bagged goblins, rubber-masked imps and bed-sheeted ghosts as they extend a bag across for candy. It is October and it's Halloween time! Halloween is celebrated on the evening of October 31st, which is the evening before the Christian feast of All Saint's Day. Halloween's history goes back to the ancient religion of the Celtic...

What is Thanksgiving?

A modern thanksgiving feast
Celebrated on the fourth Thursday on November, this American festival is an acknowledgement of gratitude for a plentiful harvest. Nearly all cultures celebrate this festival. For instance south Indians celebrate it as Pongal in the month of January, while the north Indians celebrate it as Holi in the month of March. The American act of thanksgiving began during the early...

Where is the Twins Day Festival Held?

Portrait of two little girl twins
Are you a twin? And if so, are you a "double" too? Then Ohio, United States is the place for you to be for an August weekend of twin fun. Every year, in August, twins from all over the world gather at Twinsburg, Ohio, for a special day dedicated to twins and for a weekend of socialising, celebration and...

Where did Jazz Originate?

Where did Jazz Originate?
One has just to blow a note on a sax and your feet start tapping to the rhythm and your body starts swaying to the music. That's Jazz for you. Ragtime, hip-hop, be bop, cool, blues - the very names make your finger snap and do a Texas two-step, no? Jazz has often been called the only art form to...

Olympic Swim Against the Tide

September 23: Twelve-year-old Fatima Abdeljamid is creating waves at the Sydney Olympics and for all the right reasons. She is one of two Bahraini nationals and among the very few from the Middle East nations to compete in the Olympics. Fatima, a swimmer, and Myriam al-Hili, an athlete, have been invited to the Sydney Olympics by the International Olympic Committee...

Where does the Pigeon Post Operate?

Where does the Pigeon Post Operate?
Among birds, pigeons have a natural and unerring instinct of returning to their nests or homes after long flights. In the early days besides domesticating animals like the horse, dog and cow, people also bred pigeons to carry messages back and forth. These pigeons are called homing pigeons. Racing pigeons have a life span of 15-20 years. A healthy bird...

How did Christianity Come to India?

How did Christianity Come to India?
Would you doubt my word if I say that Doubting Thomas, one of the Apostles of Christ visited India and established Christianity? Don't. For its true. Among Christ's 12 apostles, Thomas Didaemus or Doubting Thomas, along with Peter and Paul were pre-eminent. Thomas Didaemus was called Doubting Thomas because he doubted Christ's word that on the third day after his...

What is an Earthquake?

What is an Earthquake?
One moment, the world seems just the way it was yesterday, the day before, last year, or even the day before the day before. All is well with the world. It's a beautiful sunny day and you are sitting drinking your morning tea or coffee relaxed and enjoying the day. Suddenly there is a rattling of plates and glasses....

What are the Various Jazz Styles?

What are the Various Jazz Styles?
Jazz originated from the American South in the 18th century as a form of music sung by African slaves employed in the many plantations. Jazz music was influenced by different cultures from a combination of African folk music and rhythms to Caribbean and black American music. Various styles of playing evolved in the 19th and 20th centuries as musicians started...

Double it up!

Woman and cauldron: Double it up! - A story for kids
Raju and Savitri lived in Tanjore in the state of Tamil Nadu. Raju worked in the rice fields of a local landlord or zamindar for six months a year. In turn, he received four sacks of rice as salary. He would then sell three of them in the local market and keep one sack for himself for food. At the...