Thanksgiving is one of the most beloved holidays thought Canada and the United States.

Valentine’s Day can be a little bit depressing if you’re single, but it doesn’t have to be! There are tons of things you can do to make the most of the day all by yourself.

 

The origins of Halloween can be traced back to several different sources. One of the most prominent precursors to Halloween is the Gaelic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-en).

If you’ve never heard of Candlemas, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Candlemas is a Catholic celebration that goes back hundreds of years in Europe.

There’s nothing that signifies the holiday season as much as Christmas trees. The end of November means seeing them in town squares and home windows everywhere you go.

In all the excitement over a free Monday off of work or school and amazing sales at your favorite stores it’s easy to forget the real reason for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Martin Luther King Jr.

St. Andrew's Day

St. Andrew’s Day is a bank holiday in Scotland, celebrating the region’s patron saint. It also celebrates Scottish pride. Displaying the Scottish flag is very important on St. Andrew’s Day, and many government buildings replace the Union flag with the flag of Scotland for the day. There are also many public celebrations and parties thrown in most Scottish cities.

Guy Fawkes Day

Guy Fawkes Day celebrates a foiled plot by a group of Catholics including Guy Fawkes, who attempted to blow up the entire parliament building in protest of King James I’s treatment of Catholics. Guy Fawkes was captured and forced to give away the plot and the names of those involved. Fireworks and bonfires celebrate this day and the tragedy that never occurred.

Shakespeare Day

Shakespeare Day celebrates one of the greatest and most famous playwrights and poets of all time, William Shakespeare. Shakespeare is still very connected to British culture, so his plays are widely performed across the country. On this day special performances of his plays are held and a procession is led to his gravesite, where people often leave flowers and cards.

Burns' Day

Burn’s Day is a Scottish holiday that celebrates popular Scottish poet Robert Burns, famous for penning many poems including Auld Lang Syne. On this night (or sometimes on a nearby night) people hold dinners known as Burns Suppers, which follow a standard format and include traditional Scottish dishes and recitations of Burns’ poetry.