The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Advent, Hanukkah, and the Immaculate Conception of Mary

December 2 - 24, 2018 - Advent Advent is a part of the days leading up to the Christian celebration of Christmas. Advent marks the beginning of of the liturgical calendar, which is the church calendar. Advent starts four Sundays before Christmas, which is December 2 this year. The first half of the liturgical year…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Day of the Covenant and Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

This is a new blog series we're doing on religious and cultural holidays/celebrations that are commonly celebrated in Massachusetts to help create awareness for these traditions and their origins. If there's a particular religion or celebration you or someone you know participates in that doesn't appear on this list, let us know by leaving a…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Thanksgiving, Shaheedi Guru Tegh Bahadurji, Niinamesei, and Gurpurab Guru Nanak Devji

If there's a particular religion or celebration you or someone you know participates in that doesn't appear on this list, let us know by leaving a comment on this post. Or, if you think we got something wrong, please also comment and let us know. We try to be as accurate as possible, but if…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Veterans Day and The Birth of Bahá’u’lláh

If there's a particular celebration you or someone you know participates in that we missed, let us know by leaving a comment on this post. Or, if you think we got something wrong, please also comment and let us know. We try to be as accurate as possible, but if there's a mistake, we want…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Diwali, Bandi Chhorh Divas and Annakut

This is a new blog series we're doing on religious and cultural holidays/celebrations that are commonly celebrated in Massachusetts to help create awareness for these traditions and their origins. If there's a particular religion or celebration you or someone you know participates in that doesn't appear on this list, let us know by leaving a…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Samhain, Día de los Muertos, and All Saints Day

This is a new blog series we're doing on religious and cultural holidays/celebrations that are commonly celebrated in Massachusetts to help create awareness for these traditions and their origins. If there's a particular religion or celebration you or someone you know participates in that doesn't appear on this list, let us know by leaving a…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Birth of the Báb and Halloween

This is a new blog series we're doing on religious and cultural holidays/celebrations that are commonly celebrated in Massachusetts to help create awareness for these traditions and their origins. If there's a particular religion or celebration you or someone you know participates in that doesn't appear on this list, let us know by leaving a…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Navaratri, and Dussehra

This is a new blog series we're doing on religious and cultural holidays/celebrations that are commonly celebrated in Massachusetts to help create awareness for these traditions and their origins. If there's a particular religion or celebration you or someone you know participates in that doesn't appear on this list, let us know by leaving a…
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Fall Foliage Photos

Many people travel from all over to see the brilliant fall colors New England has on display. Here are some digitized photos and drawings of fall foliage. These photos and images are available through the Digital Commonwealth, which is made possible through digitization services from the Boston Public Library. Click on any of the images to view them…
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