New Years Eve Fireworks

Why do we light fireworks on New Year’s Eve?

Fireworks (aka firecrackers) were invented in China in the seventh century. Historically, many cultures thought fireworks could scare off evil spirits.According to Chinese legend,...
White Elephant Gift Exchange Group

Why is it called a white elephant gift exchange?

The term "white elephant" in "white elephant gift exchange" probably came from the tradition of the King of Siam (present-day Thailand) giving rare albino...
Halloween

Where did Halloween come from and why do we celebrate it?

Halloween started as an ancient Celtic festival called Samhain where people would wear costumes to scare off dead spirits and ghosts. If all you want...
pumpkin spice cheerios

Is there pumpkin in pumpkin spice?

There generally is no pumpkin in pumpkin spice (a.k.a pumpkin pie spice). The name comes from pumpkin spice giving pumpkin pie its distinct flavor,...
Chevy Chase Fletch

Is Chevy Chase, Maryland named after actor Chevy Chase?

No, Chevy Chase, Maryland is not named after actor Chevy Chase. It's actually the other way around. Chevy Chase was born named Cornelius Crane...

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