Rituals and TraditionsEstablished practices around weddings, funerals and celebrations
Every generation brings a new definition of masculinity and femininity that manifests itself in children’s dress
April 08, 2011 | By Jeanne Maglaty
For centuries, British monarchs have had their marriages tested by war, infidelity, politics and diplomatic intrigue
March 21, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
One can’t truly celebrate a New Orleans Mardi Gras without the doughy delicacy
March 07, 2011 | By Maria Keehan
Last Friday a friend and I decided to grab dinner at a Chinese restaurant down by the D.C. waterfront. We indulged in the hot and sour soup and plates of steak sauteed with scallions and red onion and dark chicken meat marinated in garlicky soy sauce and served with a medley of nuts. And when all t...
February 02, 2011 | By Jesse Rhodes
Pigs, fish, beans and cakes are among the many delicacies consumed around the world to celebrate the new year
December 28, 2010 | By Annette Foglino
I'm leaving for my first visit to Australia on the day after Christmas. Even though I grew up in Southern California—where Christmas decorations are palm tree trunks wrapped in lights and the annual New Year's Day Rose Parade is a televised gloat-fest over the relatively mild weather—it will be str...
December 23, 2010 | By Lisa Bramen
The action of Truman Capote's 1956 short story "A Christmas Memory" is set into motion when a nameless sixty-something woman looks out her kitchen window and exclaims, "Oh my, it's fruitcake weather." Thus, she and her dearest friend, her 7-year-old, live-in cousin Buddy, begin amassing supplies fo...
December 21, 2010 | By Jesse Rhodes
Kids have discovered a diabolical new use for science: rebutting their parents
December 2010 | By Joe Queenan
Today is Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday that seeks to honor—or even communicate with—the spirits of the deceased. I've seen posters for Day of the Dead festivals in previous years and felt unsettled by the images of grinning or dancing skeletons. Why celebrate death so br...
November 02, 2010 | By Amanda Bensen
Each year, New Mexicans gather around a giant burning effigy, casting off their bad memories into the consuming bonfire
October 28, 2010 | By April Reese
Print out and tape these stencils to your Halloween pumpkin for a different kind of jack o'lantern
October 22, 2010 | By Brian Wolly
Among Jewish holidays, I think Hanukkah gets more than its fair share of attention. It's a relatively minor festival that most likely owes its elevated status in the United States to its proximity on the calendar to Christmas. As a secular Jewish kid in an overwhelmingly Christian neighborhood, I w...
September 22, 2010 | By Lisa Bramen
Filmmaker Chris Eyre says Native pride will embolden the next generation of first Americans
August 2010 | By Chris Eyre
Travel writer Pico Iyer remains both fascinated and puzzled by the ancient Japanese city
June 2010 | By Pico Iyer
After years of conflict, Turkey's tradition-rich Kurdish minority is experiencing a joyous cultural reawakening
June 2010 | By Stephen Kinzer
I've got nothing against the margarita, the go-to Cinco de Mayo refreshment. In fact, it is one of my favorite cocktails. But, say you have to work the next day—even if Jose Cuervo is your amigo on Wednesday night, he might seem more like a frenemy by Thursday morning.Luckily, alcohol-free bebidas ...
May 05, 2010 | By Lisa Bramen
May Day, the first day of May, doesn't usually get a lot of love—or anything else—in this country, but elsewhere it is observed as an important holiday. In some countries it has become associated with the worker's movement and is a day for protests; interestingly, this tradition began in 19th-centu...
April 30, 2010 | By Lisa Bramen
Isn't it cruel to disappoint kids, who bite into what looks like solid chocolate and are confronted with emptiness?
April 02, 2010 | By Amanda Bensen
Did you buy too much Easter candy to fit in a basket? Not sure you can stomach eating it all straight? Well, in the foolish spirit of the day, here are some alternatives:1. Melt down a chocolate bunny and whaddaya know, you've got molten chocolate—perfect for fondue. You could also use bits of bunn...
April 01, 2010 | By Amanda Bensen
Photographer Dona Schwartz viewed her family through her camera lens in the hub of their household: the kitchen
April 01, 2010 | By Amanda Bensen