The hibernating mammal comes out of its burrow in late winter. Whether or not it sees its shadow is supposed to determine when spring will come.
Outgoing presidents have welcomed their successors into office through letters and other traditions. Donald Trump will be the first US president since 1869 not to attend his successor’s inauguration. He did, however, reportedly leave a note for President-elect Joe Biden in the Oval Office. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. […]
Tennessee Titans lineman Ben Jones walks the field barefoot to honour his brother, Clay, before every football game he plays. Sunday was no exception, despite major snowfall at Lambeau Field. The tradition stemmed from his sophomore year of high school, when Clay woke him from a nap to walk the […]
There are a lot of Canadian inventions and traditions that have become incredibly popular throughout the United States. Thanksgiving had roots in Canadian history before it was first celebrated as a holiday in the US. Peanut butter is partially credited to a Canadian inventor. Trivial Pursuit, IMAX movie theatres, and […]
A popular St. Patrick’s Day tradition that involves bending over backward to kiss a stone at the top of an Irish castle has been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. In an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus, Ireland cancelled all St. Patrick’s Day parades and has limited […]
As wedding trends evolve, many couples are choosing to put their own twists on common wedding traditions – or nix them altogether. The traditional bouquet toss decreased in popularity from 54% of weddings in 2016 to 45% in 2018. In 2019, nearly two-thirds of bridesmaid groups wore dresses that did […]
Christmas traditions in America and in the UK vary greatly. Every Christmas, Brits love to watch pantomimes and meet their school friends down at the pub. They eat Yorkshire puddings, mince pies, Christmas pudding, and Christmas cake. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories . From pantomimes to Christmas pudding and […]
Day of the Dead is a tradition that has been going on for more than 3,000 years. It’s a Mexicancelebration of the deceased that begins on October 31 and lasts until November 2. Each year families and loved ones use a special flower called cempasúchitl to honour the loved ones […]
Though weddings are generally considered joyous and bright celebrations, many of their oldest traditions have dark and twisted origins. Many wedding staples, like veils and bridesmaids, were originally tactics used to ward off evil spirits whose aim was to ruin the nuptials. In medieval times, brides started to carry bouquets […]
Christmas is a holiday full of traditions. From using an advent calendar to eating fruitcake, these traditions have origins all over the world. Many of today’s most popular Christmas traditions date back to ancient times. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. From counting down the days of December with an […]
On Groundhog Day, a bunch of men, wearing suits and top hats, pull a groundhog out of a hole in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. They then read a scroll the groundhog supposedly wrote, that states whether or not it saw its shadow. This determines if winter will last another six weeks, or […]
Christmas trees can be found all over the world today, but medievalGermans were the first to fully embrace the holidaytradition. Even before that, many cultures, including ancient Egyptians, worshipped evergreen trees and branches as a symbol of eternal life. Watch the video above to see how pagans “decked the halls” […]
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The dropping of the New Year’s Eve ball in Times Square in New York City has been a tradition for over 100 years. We spoke with the agent for the ball, Jeffrey Straus, and climbed to the top of One Times Square to find out why millions join together on […]
That holiday mistletoe? Not as romantic as you would think. Mistletoe is actually a parasitic plant. It crowds trees in densely packed balls. Weighing up to 50 lbs, it absorbs water and nutrients. Its berries are toxic to humans and pets and will cause vomiting and stomach pain if ingested. […]
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