Celebrating Passover in America

By Mary Jane Maxwell Jewish households and synagogues across the United States are preparing for Passover, one of the most sacred and widely celebrated holidays in the Hebrew calendar. The name of Passover comes from the traditional story that God “passed over”
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The Year of the Rooster: How are Americans celebrating?

By Leigh Hartman People across the United States and around the world will come together to celebrate the Lunar New Year, one of many winter holidays celebrated in America. 2017 is the Year of the Fire Rooster, which comes about once every 60 years in (more...)

Rosh Hashanah Welcome the New Year!

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the year. On that day Adam, the first man, and Eve were created. Although creation began six days before Adam and Eve were created, the 10th day is nonetheless considered the beginning of the world and Rosh Hashanah was set on that day. (more...)

Christmas Museum Evokes Memories of Holidays Past

VOA Deborah Block The National Christmas Center brings to mind the joy and memories of Yuletides past. The only Christmas museum in the world is full of nostalgia, and thousands of items, like vintage toys and ornaments. The privately-owned attraction in the small town of Paradise, Pennsylvania is considered one of (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...)

Terror Alert Issued as US Readies for Holiday Travel

VOA Smita Nordwall As millions of Americans are getting ready to head out of town for the holidays, the State Department put out a worldwide travel alert. "Current information suggests that ISIL [Islamic State], al-Qaida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions," the department said (more...)

Don’t Fall for Valentine’s Day Scams

By Jason Alderman On Valentine"s Day, people"s emotions run all over the map – some are head-over-heels and want to shower their loved one with gifts, while others are despondent because currently they have no one special in their life. Whatever your love status, one thing everyone needs to guard (more...)

City Offices Closed & Services Curtailed For Christmas & New Year’s Day

All City of Philadelphia offices will be closed and City services curtailed on Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25, 2014 and New Year's Day, Thursday, January 1, 2015 -- both legal holidays. Streets Commissioner David J. Perri reminds residents that trash and recycling (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...)

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...)

Vast Majority of Americans Make Food Safety Mistakes

NSF International survey reveals kitchen pet peeves during the holidays and offers tips to protect your guests. Americans seem to have a bit of a double standard regarding food preparation and safety, according to a survey by NSF International, a global public health and safety organization. NSF International’s 2013 Kitchen Pet (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...)

Woodmere Art Museum Lights Up the Holidays with Exhibitions

Month-long celebration for art-lovers of all ages begins with Tree Lighting Ceremony, November 23; wraps up with ornament-making workshop, December 2. During November and December, Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia’s historic Chestnut Hill becomes a one-stop destination for holiday celebrations, from hands-on kids’ workshops and heartwarming (more...)

Labor Day: An Ode to the American Worker

Unlike other U.S. holidays, Labor Day does not pay tribute to a person or memorialize a historic event. It gives voice to the American worker. The innovation surge that drove manufacturing during the 19th century had given rise to a “working class” of people employed by others (more...)

Tree Lighting Ceremonies In Philadelphia

See the city in a whole new light. Lisa Nutter will turn on the lights on the holiday tree at the City of Philadelphia’s annual Tree lighting Spectacular on Wednesday, December 5 at LOVE Park in Center City. The center of Love Park will come alive with the sights and (more...)

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