Washington’s Birthday Reply

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Katie Mills

George Washington’s Birthday is celebrated as a federal holiday on the third Monday in February. It is one of eleven permanent holidays established by Congress.

When the Julian calendar was being used, George Washington was accordingly born in Virginia on February 11, 1731. In 1752, however, Britain and all its colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar which moved Washington’s birthday a year and 11 days to February 22, 1732.

At the recommendation of the Committee, chaired by Henry Clay of the Senate and Philemon Thomas of the House, Congress adjourned on February 22, 1832, out of respect for Washington’s memory and in commemoration of his birth. More…

Valentine’s Day’s Dark Origins 5

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Avalyn Walton

Imagine you are preparing for Valentine’s Day. How do you go about it? Do you buy your loved ones chocolate, flowers, or other sweet gifts? Do you handwrite a card or buy one? Chances are, you use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to express how much you care.

However, Valentine’s Day wasn’t always this way. It was once much less lovey-dovey, and it dates back all the way to ancient Rome in the form of a holiday called Lupercalia. This was a festival that celebrated such things as love, spring, and fertility. And although this may seem awfully pleasant, I assure you there’s more to this day than meets the eye.

During this holiday, the ancient priests would sacrifice a goat and make their way around the border of the city carrying goatskin and flesh that had been soaked in blood. On their way, they would make sure to tap any women they came across with the disgusting skin. Oddly enough, the women not only allowed this but welcomed it. The ancient Romans believed it would help ensure fertility in the women. More…

National Freedom Day! Reply

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Katie Mills

National Freedom Day is on February 1st. Many people may not understand what National Freedom Day is, so what is it really about?

What is National Freedom Day?

National Freedom Day is the honoring of the signing of a resolution that proposed the 13th amendment of the nation’s constitution on February 1, 1865. Abraham Lincoln signed the resolution to outlaw slavery and was endorsed on December 18, 1865. This anniversary is annually celebrated on February 1.

“Major Richard Robert Wright Senior, a former slave who founded the National Freedom Day Association, played a crucial role in creating the observance. Major Wright was deemed as a community leader in Philadelphia and was active in education, the media, business, and politics. He hoped to see a day that would be dedicated to celebrating freedom for all Americans. More…

Whatever you are, be a good one -Abraham Lincoln Reply

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Mariah Escatel

Would you feel bad if nobody celebrated your birthday? Well, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is rapidly approaching.

February 12 we are honoring his birthday, as it is a nationally celebrated holiday.

“Whatever you are, be a good one,” is a quote by Abraham Lincoln. Cleary he followed his own advice and was a prominent 16th president of the United States.

Imagine you would be able to see Abraham in person, what would you tell him?

I asked and got some great responses. Engy Azer, an eighth-grader at Stacey would tell Abe, “I like your hat. It’s really nice.” More…

National Bubble Wrap Day? – Poll Reply

Avalyn Walton

We humans come up with some truly amazing things to celebrate, and all of them are completely necessary to everyone. I mean, coming up soon National Bubble Wrap Day on January 29th. And naturally, I’m sure we all celebrate it; I mean how could we not? Holidays like that are my reason for waking up in the morning. They are just so important and not un-necessary at all!

But seriously, why does this exist? I don’t know a single person who will come up to me on the 29th and ask me how I plan on celebrating National Bubble Wrap Day.

That’s not where it ends either, January 27th is National Chocolate Cake Day. I know I won’t be celebrating, but will the majority of people want to? Fill out the poll below to let us know whether or not you enjoy these seemingly useless holidays. More…

Winter Break 2017-2018 2

 

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Gwyndalynn Kent

Winter break is almost here. Starting on December 22nd, winter break will officially start. That’s only three days before Christmas. We will return on January 8th.

Winter break isn’t just exciting because students don’t have school. It’s mainly exciting because everyone gets to spend time with their families during such a happy and joyful day, Christmas or any other holiday for that matter.

Hopefully, everyone has a great winter break creating lifelong memories with family and friends.

 

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Winter Holidays Celebrated Worldwide Reply

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Mia Grasse

There are so many holidays celebrated in winter. When most of us think of winter break, we think of Christmas, but for a lot of other people, there are Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, Santa Lucia Day, Three King’s Day, Winter Solstice, and New Years.

Diwali

Diwali is a five day, Hindus Holiday that ¨celebrates the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance,¨ says the BBC. The people who celebrate Diwali love to clean their homes and open up their windows so the Goddess of Wealth, Lakshmi, can come in. Some of the Activities people do during Diwali are making paper chain links and paper flower garlands, create chalk designs on their doorstep, mold clay, play Indian music, and make sweet treats. Diwali is the most important holiday celebrated in India. More…

Winter Holidays Celebrated Reply

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Mia Grasse

There are so many holidays celebrated in winter. When most of us think of winter break, we think of Christmas, but for a lot of other people, there are Diwali, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, Santa Lucia Day, Three Kings Day, Winter Solstice, and New Years.

Diwali

Diwali is a five day, Hindus Holiday that ¨celebrates the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance,¨ says the BBC. The people who celebrate Diwali love to clean their homes and open up their windows so the Goddess of Wealth, Lakshmi, can come in. Some of the activities people do during Diwali are make paper chain links and paper flower garlands, create chalk designs on their doorstep, mold clay, play Indian music, and make sweet treats. Diwali is the most important holiday celebrated in India. More…

Seal Beach Parade Reply

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Kevin Luu

The Seal Beach Parade took place at the Seal Beach pier at December 1st. The parking lot was loaded with cars, so parking was hard to find. In the parade, there were up to one hundred and six lineups waiting to march including Cub Scouts, bands, and Santa Claus! The parade’s theme was “The Magic of Christmas.”

The parade was produced by the Seal Beach Lions Foundation with support from the City of Seal Beach. More than three thousand, five hundred people in one hundred six entries entertained approximately fifteen thousand people throughout the three block route from the pier to the Pacific Coast Highway.

The parade was in “continuous motion,” so the entries could not slow down or stop at any point during the parade. The parade started at 7 pm, and it ended at 8:30 pm. Chairs were set up for people to watch the parade.  More…

What Can Possibly be Bad on Thanksgiving? Reply

Katie Mills

It’s Thanksgiving day. You walk into your kitchen and get a blast of the freshly baked food: sweet cranberry sauce, hot gravy, buttery mashed potatoes, cold pumpkin pie, salty green bean casserole, warm cornbread, and there even might be monkey bread stuffing. But over in the next corner, a big giant box of pizza is sitting opened on a table. And inside there is… pizza with gravy instead of tomato sauce?

Well, people may actually like that. Anyways, everyone knows that there are definitely some foods that are too unhealthy for Thanksgiving.

According to the article, “Top 10 Least Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes”, by Marissa Lippert, some extremely unhealthy foods are spinach and artichoke dips, deep fried turkey, candied sweet potatoes, and even pecan pie. More…