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Christmas Tree Origin and Environmental Issues

By |2019-12-16T02:52:07+03:00December 15th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , |

A Christmas tree is a decorated tree, usually, an evergreen conifer, such as spruce, pine or fir, or an artificial tree of similar appearance, associated with the celebration of Christmas. The custom was developed in medieval Livonia (present-day Estonia and Latvia), and in early modern [...]

The Mysterious Phenomenon of Dancing Plague

By |2019-01-13T05:07:38+03:00January 13th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |

Dancing mania, also is known as dancing plague, choreomania, St. John's Dance and St. Vitus's Dance was a social phenomenon that occurred primarily in mainland Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries. It involved groups of people dancing erratically, sometimes thousands at a time. The [...]

The History of Mistletoe

By |2018-12-30T05:31:54+03:00December 30th, 2018|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The mysterious history behind the kissing plant and how the plant became associated with Christmas traditions and the Holidays. Have you ever received a kiss under a sprig of Mistletoe during the holiday season? If not, then you have undoubtedly seen the tradition played out [...]

The Origins and History of Santa Claus

By |2018-12-18T23:46:11+03:00December 18th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, or simply Santa. He is a legendary figure originating in Western Christian culture who is said to bring gifts to the homes of well-behaved children on Christmas Eve (24 December) and the early morning [...]

Winter Solstice History and Cultural Significance

By |2018-10-19T01:00:39+03:00October 19th, 2018|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The winter solstice, also known as midwinter, is an astronomical phenomenon marking the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. It occurs when one of the Earth's poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun. It happens [...]

New Years Eve Day Traditions Around the World and Their Origins

By |2019-01-10T03:51:31+03:00January 1st, 2018|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , |

In many countries around the world, New Years Eve Day is celebrated on 1st January with fireworks and festivities the evening before. But this is not the only type of New Years Eve day celebration and not everyone celebrates on 1st January. Here we look [...]

Christmas Traditions Rooted in Ancient Cultures

By |2019-12-13T01:18:01+03:00December 21st, 2017|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Christmas season abounds with holiday customs and traditions, but most of us probably never stop to wonder about their origins. We decorate our homes inside and out with lights, candles, and greenery. We stuff stockings and send Christmas cards to family and friends. But [...]

Amanita Muscaria Myths and Folkore

By |2019-12-23T01:38:37+03:00July 30th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants, Substances|Tags: , , , , |

Think of any fairy tale illustration of elves or goblins sitting on or under a toadstool, and most likely the cap of such a fungus will be bright red with white spots. The autumnal abundance and vibrant colors of the Amanita Muscaria make it probably [...]