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14 08, 2017

Christmas – American holiday

By |2019-04-02T09:57:29-07:00August 14th, 2017|History|0 Comments

Big Horn Medicine Wheel in Wyoming (1300 AD) Native American origins of Christmas Even before 1500 AD, people in North America celebrated a winter religious festival when the days stopped getting shorter and began to get longer again. Native American religion Why are there seasons? All our Native American articles Many people built stone structures [...]

5 08, 2017

Guy Fawkes Day project – Fireworks

By |2019-07-30T13:00:53-07:00August 5th, 2017|History, Modern Europe|0 Comments

Carrying a puppet of Guy Fawkes to burn him What's the Guy Fawkes' day verse? There's a famous verse about Guy Fawkes' plot to blow up the King of England and the Houses of Parliament in 1605, and it goes like this: Remember, remember the Fifth of November Gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no [...]

4 08, 2017

Roger Bacon – Medieval science

By |2018-04-24T08:21:21-07:00August 4th, 2017|Medieval, Science|0 Comments

Roger Bacon's diagram of a human eye Roger Bacon was born in England maybe about 1210 AD. It was late in the reign of King John. (That's the one in Robin Hood.) England was just beginning to get richer from raising and selling high quality wool cloth on the Silk Road. In addition, a warmer climate - the Medieval Warm period - was making [...]

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 [...]

7 06, 2017

History of Gunpowder: Gunpowder in ancient China

By |2019-09-05T06:41:13-07:00June 7th, 2017|China|173 Comments

History of gunpowder: Fireworks Who invented gunpowder? Like the idea of zero, gunpowder developed gradually over time. In 142 AD, during the Han Dynasty, a man named Wei Boyang was the first to write anything about gunpowder. He wrote about a mixture of three powders that would "fly and dance" violently. We aren't [...]