The Origins and Practice of Holidays: Feast of the Nativity

January 7, 2019 - Feast of the Nativity As we mentioned in our post on Christmas, Western Christian churches celebrate Christmas on December 25. However, Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate their Christmas on January 7. They typically call this day the Feast of the Nativity. The reason Eastern churches celebrate the Feast of the Nativity on…
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The Origins and Practice of Holidays: Twelfth Night, Gurpurab Guru Gobindh Singh, Epiphany, Día de los Reyes

January 5, 2019 - Twelfth Night Twelfth Night is a Christian holiday, celebrated on January 5. It marks the twelfth and final night of the Christmas season and the coming of Epiphany. Contrary to popular belief, Christmas is not just December 25. Contrary to popular belief, Christmas is not just December 25. That is only…
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Queer Fiction: January 2019

Welcome to the new year and a new LGBTQ+ Fiction blog! We are changing things up here with a new blog name, "Queer Fiction." Two other librarians are joining me this year: Veronica and Kirsten, both from the Reader Services Department. They introduce themselves below with some fast facts and their favorite queer fiction. And…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Mary, Mother of God, New Year’s Day, and Oshogatsu

January 1, 2019 - Mary, Mother of God  On New Years Day, Catholics will celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, with a feast. This celebration is the octave of Christmas. An octave is an eight day extension of the feast. In the modern Roman Calendar, only Christmas and Easter have an octave. This…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Christmas

December 25, 2018 - Christmas Christmas is a Christian religious holiday, and an American federal holiday observed on December 25 of each year. However, many people of other faiths celebrate Christmas in a non-religious context. Christians celebrate this day as the birth of Jesus Christ, the son of God, on December 25. Eastern Orthodox Christians…
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New Year, New Financial You

Do you make New Year's resolutions? One great resolution is not to spend more than you make. One way to do that is to look at all your finances, see where you can trim some extra spending, and look at ways you can save. #1 Balance Checkbook: It's good to check your statements monthly to make…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Yule and Shaheedi Chaar Sahibzaade

December 21, 2018 - Yule Yule is a Wiccan/Pagan holiday. As with many other pagan celebrations, it celebrates the changing of seasons. Yule happens on the winter solstice, and it celebrates rebirth and renewal. This is because the shortest day and longest night occur on the solstice. After the solstice, the days start to get…
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Silent Night, 200th Anniversary

2018 is the 200th anniversary of the first performance of the popular Christmas carol “Silent Night” (“Stille Nacht”). In 1816, Joseph Mohr wrote a six stanza poem and put it aside, not giving it much thought. But in 1818, when preparing for the Christmas Eve service, this Austrian priest discovered a problem. The church’s organ…
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End The Debt! Decolonize! Liberate! Scroll Project

The End the Debt! Decolonize! Liberate! scroll project is a participatory cultural response to Hurricane María that tells the story of U.S. imperialism through the lens of the current economic and environmental state of Puerto Rico and its diaspora. The scroll was developed between AgitArte and collaborators in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and is part…
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