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Where did Passover come from? Jewish holidays

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

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 [...]

History of Easter – Christian holidays

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

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 [...]

What causes the seasons? Earth science

By |2018-04-24T15:45:14-07:00August 20th, 2017|Physics|

This is why it's hotter in summer and colder in winter. The reason it is sometimes winter and sometimes summer is that the Earth spins on a slightly tilted axis. You can see the red axis in the picture here (though really there is no axis to see; it's a direction, not a real stick). [...]