Happy Old New Year!

“The Old New Year ( Russian: Старый Новый год, Ukranian: Старий Новий рік, Macedonian: Стара Нова година) or the Orthodox New Year (Serbian: Православна Нова година or Pravoslavna Nova godina) is an informal traditional Slavic Orthodox holiday, celebrated as the
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Russian Orthodox Christmas Tradition

Thirteen days after Western Christmas, on January 7th, the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates its Christmas, in accordance with the old Julian calendar. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, January 7th has become an official national holiday. This is the date of the Russian Orthodox Christmas (more...)

Across America, Winter Celebrations

Americans love a party, and winter offers several holidays for family and friends to meet and celebrate religious and cultural events. Winter solstice celebrations mark the return of the sun following the longest, darkest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, around December 21 or 22.

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Interested in Tracking Santa? There’s an App for That

VOA Julie Taboh What does Santa do in the hours leading up to Christmas? Does he help the elves load up the toys from his workshop? Feed and walk his reindeer? Drink one last cup of coffee? And once he climbs onto his shiny, red sled, where does he start and end his (more...)

Holidays In Philadelphia Mean New Celebrations

Сredit: Photos by M. Fischetti (left) and J. Fusco (right) for VISIT PHILADELPHIA® The holidays are all about tradition, especially in Philadelphia where each year generations of visitors gather at Macy’s for the Christmas Light Show, snap memory-making photos of Longwood Gardens’ elaborate displays and oooh-and-aaaah at the New Year’s Eve Fireworks on (more...)

AccuWeather 45-Day Forecast Indicates a Chilly Christmas in Top Ten US Metro Areas

With just 45 days to go, the AccuWeather 45-Day Forecast gives the most detailed picture of what is to come for the biggest holiday of the year AccuWeather Inc., the global leader in weather information and digital media, is the only source for (more...)

This Moms says “Back It Up Santa!”

By Eileen Wacker I’ve just finished back to school and all the associated challenges and events for my four kids, aged 11 through 16. I’ve attended back to school nights, sports orientations and signed all the “I promise to be a reasonable sports parent” forms. Homework, instruments, and games (more...)

Top 10 Best Ways To Beat The Winter Blues

With Christmas and New Year just behind us, we are right in the middle of winter. The short days, dark nights and cold weather often brings around a bout of winter blues. There has been a lot of attention on the festive season, but once turns up, many of us sink (more...)

Holiday Shoppers Boost U.S. Economy

Holiday spenders who crowd retail centers and flood Internet-based businesses make an important end-of-year contribution to the U.S. economy, whose gross domestic product is the world’s largest. In 2013, holiday sales between November 1 and December 24 rose 2.3 percent over the same period in 2012, compared (more...)

An Overview of U.S. Holidays

The United States, like other nations, sets aside a number of days each year to commemorate events, people or public occasions. These holidays typically are marked by a general suspension of work and business activity, and by public and/or religious ceremonies. Technically, the United States does not (more...)

The Mummers Parade 2014 in Philadelphia

New Year’s Day, January 1, 2014 The Parade begins at 10 a.m. and marches north up Broad Street to JFK Boulevard. New Year’s Day is about celebrating, and there’s no better place to fête than the 2014 Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade and Fancy Brigade Finale presented by SugarHouse Casino. An annual tradition, (more...)

Floral Sugar Plum Sculptures Bloom in the Red Room

As a slight twist on traditional White House holiday décor, floral vases handmade entirely of sugar replace the traditional cranberry tree as the prominent display in the Red Room this year. Fashioned petal by petal, the crimson and plum–colored vases contain hundreds of gumpaste roses, ranunculuses, berries, (more...)

White House Decorations Tell Stories of the Season

As the showcase of American traditions, the White House has chosen an annual Christmas celebration theme since 1961. This year’s theme is “Gather Around: Stories of the Season.” “Our goal is for every room and every tree to tell a story about who we are and how we (more...)

The 2013 Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade

New Year’s Day, January 1, 2013 The Parade begins at 10 a.m. Parade marches north up Broad Street to JFK Boulevard. If you've never seen a Mummers Parade on Jan. 1, you have no idea what you're missing. The word 'Mummers' comes from the German word for "mask". Mummers parade is a conglomeration of (more...)

If Jesus Has Become Your Friend On Facebook

How would you react to the fact that your friend on Facebook has become the ... Christ? Blasphemy? Not at all. The head of Germany's Catholic Church things, that had he been alive today, Jesus would have spread his fishing net for souls across the internet, using social media (more...)

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