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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 [...]

24 08, 2017

Where did Passover come from? Jewish holidays

By |2019-04-05T06:56:58-07:00August 24th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

Handmade Matzoh The beginnings of Passover In its earliest beginnings, which could go back to the Stone Age, Passover was a Jewish spring festival. Like other spring festivals, it celebrated the first barley harvest after the winter. History of barley West Asian religion All our West Asia articles Why did people eat matzoh? All winter [...]

22 08, 2017

What is Mardi Gras? Christian holidays

By |2017-08-22T14:09:20-07:00August 22nd, 2017|Religion, Romans|0 Comments

Pieter Brueghel, Carnival on the left and Lent on the right In the later Roman Empire, around 300 AD, people began fasting for Lent, for the forty days before Easter. On the first day of Lent, people went to special church services and smeared ash on their foreheads to show they were mourning - grieving. Lent always begins on a Wednesday, so [...]

22 08, 2017

What is Lent? Christian holidays

By |2019-09-11T10:34:11-07:00August 22nd, 2017|Religion, Romans|0 Comments

February, in the Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry (1400s AD) Lent was originally a Germanic word for the season of Spring and an early English word for the month we call March. The word "Lent" may come from older words meaning "longer days". That's because the days get longer in the spring. In the ancient and medieval [...]

21 08, 2017

History of Easter – Christian holidays

By |2019-04-05T06:43:53-07:00August 21st, 2017|Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

Wheat and barley on the Warka Vase (Sumeria, ca. 3200-3000 BC) Why celebrate spring? When people moved out of Africa further north to West Asia and then to Europe, about 60,000 BC, they began to live in a world with changing seasons, where it was hard to find fresh food in the wintertime. Why do seasons change? West Asian [...]

14 08, 2017

Puritans – American religion

By |2017-08-14T15:33:52-07:00August 14th, 2017|Modern Europe, North America, Religion|0 Comments

A Puritan family about 1563 About 1563 AD, some people in England decided that they wanted to follow a way of life that they thought would be more according to what the Christian God wanted. They called themselves "the godly", but other people called them "Puritans." Puritan people, like Calvinists, thought only God decided whether you got into Heaven. [...]

22 06, 2017

History of eggs – Where did eggs come from?

By |2019-03-22T08:05:12-07:00June 22nd, 2017|Southeast Asia|4 Comments

History of eggs - A basket of eggs When did people start to eat eggs? People have been eating eggs since there first started to be people, about six million years ago. Eggs have a lot of protein in them, and they don't fight back - you can get them just by climbing [...]