Rituals and TraditionsEstablished practices around weddings, funerals and celebrations
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
Six years ago I moved to the Northeast from Southern California, where I grew up and where my family still lives. There are only two times of year that make me homesick, and sometimes they overlap: the waning days of winter, when it seems like the sleet and snow and dreariness—and lack of good fres...
March 30, 2010 | By Lisa Bramen
How how-to guide to making Easter egg dyes from the leftovers in your refrigerator
March 29, 2010 | By Abby Callard
I'm not remotely Irish, but I always loved St. Patrick's Day as a kid. My mother has a great sense of fun, especially when it comes to holidays. So on the morning of every March 17th, as my brother and I stumbled groggily downstairs for breakfast, we would be greeted with green: Green placemats; gr...
March 16, 2010 | By Amanda Bensen
Shelby Lee Adams' 1990 photograph of life in the eastern Kentucky mountains captured a poignant tradition
March 2010 | By Abigail Tucker
Happy Chocolate Mint Day, everyone. I know, you're still recovering from Drink Wine Day and Crab-Stuffed Flounder Day yesterday. But don't forget about National Margarita Day on Monday (or tomorrow, depending on which sources you consult). That is one I definitely plan to observe.If you're looking ...
February 19, 2010 | By Lisa Bramen
From the festivals of ancient Rome to modern campaigns, the holiday hasn’t always been about roses and candy
February 08, 2010 | By Mark Strauss
Rare artworks from an unsurpassed collection evoke the inner lives and secret rites of Australia’s indigenous people
January 2010 | By Arthur Lubow