(The Conversation) — Valentine’s Day originated as a liturgical feast to celebrate the decapitation of a third-century Christian martyr, or perhaps two. So, how did we get from beheading to betrothing on Valentine’s Day?
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(The Conversation) Alcohol abuse is no laughing matter, but is it sinful to drink and make merry, moderately and responsibly, during a holy season or at any other time?
The festival marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, and is celebrated by visiting friends and relatives, hosting food parties and sharing sweets.
The naming of the celebration as “Easter” seems to go back to the name of a pre-Christian goddess in England, Eostre, who was celebrated at beginning of spring.
(RNS) You thought the holidays were over. Technically, no — not until Jan. 6, when Christians all over the world celebrate Epiphany.
Hanukkah begins this year on Dec. 24, a.k.a. Christmas Eve. Why does it move around the calendar from year to year?
(RNS) Slaves, plagues, wine and matzo.
(RNS) March 17 is St. Patrick's Day. But was there a real St. Patrick? Did he drive the snakes out of Ireland or use the shamrock to explain the Trinity? Why should this fifth-century priest be remembered at all? Let us 'Splain.
(RNS) A crop of December movies have strong religious themes, both Christian and Jewish, and there are a few for the skeptical and the atheist as well.
(RNS) It's more important than ever for parents to appreciate that their atheist children are still good people who deserve their support.
The Lunar New Year joins a slate of Christian, Jewish and Muslim holy days when public school students will have a day off to celebrate.
(RNS) Refusing to identify the religious reason for the days off does not solve the problem and only invites unfounded criticism of hostility to Christmas and the other religious holidays.
(RNS) Inclusion on the school calendar is an important symbol of belonging. Muslims want to be part of that narrative as well.
(RNS) Each year, the nonprofit Help-Portrait pulls together professional photographers, hairstylists and makeup artists to spend one Saturday taking free portraits of people who normally can't afford it.
(RNS) For many Muslim families and students, getting Eid al-Adha as an official school holiday isn't just about equity and sparing students the hassle of make-up work, but connecting with their religious identity.