Holidays

Whence Cometh the New Year Marking

“The prevailing custom or ceremony of wishing a happy New-Year is of ancient date, and probably took its rise from the Romans.” The Essex Almanac, January 1, 1772, Salem, MA Marking the commencement of a New-Year appears to have begun as far back as Babylon some 4,000 years ago. Ancient…

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Concord & Christmas: Regardeth the Day or Not

“That no observation shall be had of the five and twentieth day of December commonly called Christmas-Day; nor any solemnity used or exercised in churches upon the day….” — Puritan Parliament 1652 “… preventing disorders, arising… by reason of some still observing such festivals as were superstitiously kept… to the…

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