Rituals and Traditions


May Day Fritters and Beltane Cakes

The first bite into the bunny tells all.

Why Are Chocolate Easter Bunnies Hollow?

Isn't it cruel to disappoint kids, who bite into what looks like solid chocolate and are confronted with emptiness?


Cooking with Easter Candy


Homesick for Passover


Easter Eggs Dyed the Natural Way

A how-to guide to making Easter egg dyes from the leftovers in your refrigerator

Is It Safe to Drink Green Milk?

What to know about food coloring

Eat up—It's National Something Day

Admirers present valentines to a girl who is pretending to be sleeping, c. 1900s.  In the 18th and 19th centuries, British children celebrated Valentine's Day by going door to door, singing songs.

Ten Out-of-the-Ordinary Valentine’s Day Customs

From the festivals of ancient Rome to modern campaigns, the holiday hasn’t always been about roses and candy

In 1972, with assistance from an art teacher, 11 men formed a cooperative called Papunya Tula Artists.  By 1974 the group had grown to 40.

Contemporary Aboriginal Art

Rare artworks from an unsurpassed collection evoke the inner lives and secret rites of Australia’s indigenous people

Christmas Dinner on the International Space Station


Hanukkah Gelt, and Guilt

The author reflects on traditions new and old

Ancient Pyramids Around the World

No matter if the civilization was Mesopotamian, Egyptian, or Mayan, its legacy today is in part marked by towering pyramids

"In the bad old days, when medical life was more free-wheeling, "MASH"-style humor was commonplace."

UBI in the Knife and Gun Club

The secret language of doctors and nurses

A Sufi pilgrim dances at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, in Sehwan Sharif, Pakistan, in 2006.

Pakistan's Sufis Preach Faith and Ecstasy

The believers in Islamic mysticism embrace a personal approach to their faith and a different outlook on how to run their government

Now seen as early evidence of prehistoric worship, the hilltop site was previously shunned by researchers as nothing more than a medieval cemetery.

Gobekli Tepe: The World’s First Temple?

Predating Stonehenge by 6,000 years, Turkey's stunning Gobekli Tepe upends the conventional view of the rise of civilization

The new Kogi village of Dumingueka.

Colombia Dispatch 5: The Kogi Way of Life

Hidden in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, a Kogi village built with government support combines modernity with ancient traditions

Navajo frybread cooks in an iron frying pan.

Frybread Recipe

A recipe from Foods of the Americas: Native Recipes and Traditions

“Strong Medicine” Speaks

Recollections from the matriarch of a once hidden tribe


The Art of Pizza

Cooking up the world's most authentic pie in Naples, Italy


An Evolving Ritual

The National Powwow showcases a mixture of tradition and competition

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