Couples get romantic on Qixi, a lovers’ festival similar to Valentine’s Day.
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China's Qixi Festival is a celebration of love based on the legend of a mortal who married a goddess, causing his furious mother-in-law to create a Milky Way to divide these two twinkling stars.
Norovirus is the most common cause of gastro outbreaks on cruise ships.
A cruise can be a fantastic holiday. But it certainly won't be if you end up confined to the bathroom with gastro.
The leisure industry led one of many campaigns to free people from working on Saturday afternoons.
Government legislation followed numerous campaigns in the 19th century for Saturday afternoons off.
If coffee and wine are things you love, then you need to pay attention to climate change.
People tend to pay attention when things get personal, so you need to know how climate change is damaging things in your life.
Scott Morrison doesn’t seem to grasp that while he likes to emphasise his relationship with the ordinary Australian, as prime minister he is not an ordinary Australian.
As the prime minister finally reads the mood and returns home, the holiday affair reflects badly on him and his media team.
Holiday birthdays are lonely.
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December 25 is the least popular day to give birth in the US, Australia and New Zealand, and second only to Boxing Day on Dec. 26 in England, Wales and Ireland.
Home-baked cookies are a great gift for someone with a sweet tooth.
Consumerism reaches a frenzied peak as the holidays approach, but it's not too late to put on the brakes.
Americans spend a lot of money on gift wrapping supplies.
A new study looks at the impact a gift's wrapping has on how the recipient likes what you give them.
Canada imported more than $60 million of artificial trees in 2017, almost all from China.
Real Christmas trees may be in short supply this year thanks to the 2008 economic downturn, climate change and insect infestations.
Asking a person who is memory impaired to tell stories from bygone holidays may help trigger a happy memory.
Asking loved ones with memory problems to discuss holiday memories can help them retrieve some memories, studies suggest. In turn, that can improve mood and quality of life.
Not sure if you’re paying the right price for your tree? The Hotelling equation modified by Faustmann can help.
A Protestant tradition with pagan roots, the Christmas tree is now a global phenomenon. It also reveals much about market economics, so let's climb on the sleigh and take a ride around this holiday item…
A still from the 1946 classic ‘It’s A Wonderful Life.’
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Holiday movies offer us a glimpse into how the world is could be, often in sharp contrast to our lives as they are. In that way, the annual act of viewing them is like a religious ritual.
Christmas trees at Twin H Tree Farms in Bloomington, Indiana.
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If you're craving that freshly-cut tree smell, shop early and don't be too choosy.
Last-minute shopping can be stressful.
Figuring out how much to spend on gifts can be stressful.
Turkey is cheaper than ever before.
Turkey has become easier to produce over the years, making it easier on American wallets – with some environmental benefits as well.
Marchers celebrate the first Indigenous Peoples Day in Berkeley, Calif. on Oct. 10, 1992.
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The official celebration of Native Americans represents the fruits of a decades-long effort.
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With 150,000 tourists stranded, this is the largest peacetime repatriation the UK has ever undertaken.
Technology-free holidays can feel unbearable at first but this soon gives way to a better experience.
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UK emissions are around 23% lower on a holiday compared to a working day.
Mexicans representing indigenous soldiers and the French army, re-enact the battle of Puebla during Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Mexico City.
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The holiday honors a 19th-century battle between the French and the Mexican armies that, strangely enough, may have influenced the outcome of the US Civil War.