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Jewish New Year: What’s the meaning of Rosh Hashana and Rosh Hashana traditions?

When September rolls round you know the autumn is approaching, the beginning of the school year is near and for Jewish people, September means that Rosh Hashanah is soon to be upon them. What is Rosh Hashanah? “Rosh Hashanah” literally … Continue reading

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Why do we have the engagement and wedding ring custom?

We’ve all seen it hundreds of times in movies: The handsome hero hunkers down on bended knee, smiles at his beloved adoringly through sparkling eyes, and whips out a twinkling engagement ring. Engagement rings are offered as a promise of … Continue reading

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Unusual New Year’s Traditions from around the world

Most of us associate New Year’s Eve with fireworks, parties, a New Year’s kiss at midnight, and maybe a little bit of crossing arms and singing Auld Lang Syne. In other parts of the world, New Year traditions are a … Continue reading

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Why do we celebrate Boxing Day?

As December 25th draws to an end, many of us  have another day to recover from all that Christmas excitement: Boxing Day. Why do I have the day off on Boxing Day?

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Why do we sing Auld Lang Syne on New Year’s Eve?

Auld Lang Syne is world famous for two main reasons: It’s famous for being sung on New Year’s Eve in English speaking countries around the world, from the USA, to the Philippines, Zimbabwe, India and to Singapore. It’s famous for … Continue reading

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Why do we have the New Year’s Kiss?

You’re at a New Year’s Eve Party about to ring in the New Year. It’s almost midnight. You look around for who you’ll be kissing at midnight… but wait! Why do we have this tradition of kissing someone at midnight … Continue reading

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