Some popular pagan holidays are Samhain on October 31; Yule, the winter solstice; and Ostara, the spring equinox. Pagan holidays are based on the major solar and lunar events of the Wiccan Wheel of the Year. More »

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The roots of Easter are pagan. Many religions have similar celebrations near the vernal equinox built upon the motif of death and resurrection. Life triumphs over death and light triumphs over dark. More »

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As Christianity overtook fourth-century Europe, church officials instituted Christmas to discourage people from celebrating rowdy pagan festivals, causing many pagan traditions to be assimilated into the holiday. For exa... More »

Some winter solstice rituals include lighting the Yule log and the ringing of bells. The feast associated with the winter solstice includes the favorite foods of the family with a cake or pie with a sun image on it to re... More »

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Some little-known holidays in October include October 1, when plant eaters celebrate World Vegetarian Day and bakers enjoy National Cookie Day. October 14 is when language lovers observe National Lowercase Day, and Octob... More »

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Some fun and unique holidays in Canada include Canada Day, which is celebrated on July 1 each year, and Canadian Thanksgiving, which falls on the second Monday of October. Another state holiday, and one of the oldest, is... More »

The most popular holidays in a calendar year are Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Independence Day. Although Christmas is not an official federal holiday, it is still one of the most popular holidays. More »

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