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15 09, 2017

What is Nowruz? Zoroastrians – West Asian holidays

By |2019-09-04T05:59:52-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Persepolis may have been built in the 500s BC as a place to celebrate Nowruz. What is the holiday of Nowruz? Zoroastrianism became much more popular suddenly when the Persian kings became Zoroastrians around 550 BC. Soon after that, Zoroastrian worshippers began to celebrate the first day of spring as an important holiday. That was the first day [...]

14 08, 2017

Christmas Trees – American holidays

By |2019-04-03T11:10:14-07:00August 14th, 2017|North America, Northern Europe, Religion|0 Comments

Christmas Tree in Germany (late 1700s, by Joseph Keller) Evergreens and the winter holidays Because Christmas is related to old celebrations of the winter solstice, evergreen trees have always been popular decorations in northern countries at Christmastime. They're green when everything else is dead and white. Why do the seasons change? More about Christmas American religion All our [...]

23 07, 2017

Medieval Islamic food – Oranges and sugar

By |2019-10-02T05:35:29-07:00July 23rd, 2017|Food, Islam|1 Comment

Orange tree: medieval Islamic food included new sweet oranges What did medieval people eat? Around the Mediterranean, people continued in the Islamic period to rely on the three main foods from antiquity. Those were wheat (mostly bread), olive oil, and wine. Where does wheat come from? Wine and wine-making History of tea World history of food All our [...]

21 07, 2017

Diwali – the Festival of Lights – Hinduism – India

By |2019-05-13T13:22:56-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|0 Comments

Flowers and Diwali lamps - the Diwali festival What does "Diwali" mean? Diwali is a Sanskrit word originally meaning "a row of lights". "Dipa" is the Sanskrit word for "light". Diwali is an Indian harvest festival. It celebrates the end of the hard work of harvesting food. People are happy that now there is plenty [...]

23 06, 2017

Sugar and the Islamic Empire

By |2018-06-14T16:09:24-07:00June 23rd, 2017|Food, Islam|0 Comments

History of sugar: Sugar also has a lot of carbohydrates History of sugar in the Islamic Empire When the Abbasid army conquered northern India about 750 AD, the troops brought back sugar cane to the rest of the Islamic empire. (More about where sugar comes from) Maybe the climate changes of the Medieval [...]