What Is Labor Day? A History of the Workers’ Holiday.

President Grover Cleveland made it a national holiday in 1894, during a crisis over federal efforts to end a strike by railroad workers.

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Calls to Cancel Canada Day Celebrations Follow Discovery of Unmarked Graves

Heeding calls from Indigenous people, some places have canceled plans to mark the holiday, after hundreds of children’s remains were discovered at former boarding schools for Indigenous children.

#canada, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #indigenous-people, #kamloops-indian-residential-school-british-columbia, #trudeau-justin, #truth-and-reconciliation-commission-canada

For Pride This Weekend, You Do You

There are plenty of ways to celebrate, from several grass-roots marches to a 10K run with beer tastings.

#holidays-and-special-occasions, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #lesbian-avengers-activist-group, #new-york-city, #nyc-dyke-march, #reclaim-pride-coalition, #transgender-and-transsexuals

How Americans are Celebrating Juneteenth: Photos Across the US

From Brooklyn to Galveston, there were scenes of joy and reflections on the meaning of the holiday. “We have to celebrate that we survived,” one man said.

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What Walmart Doesn’t Get About Juneteenth

Emancipation from slavery has been celebrated on different days in different places.

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Biden Signs Law Making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

The law went into effect immediately, making Friday the first federal Juneteenth holiday in American history.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #juneteenth, #slavery-historical, #united-states-politics-and-government

N.Y.C. Workers Will Not Have a Paid Day Off for Juneteenth

Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed last year that Juneteenth would be an official holiday. City workers learned this week they would not be getting a paid day off after all.

#de-blasio-bill, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #juneteenth, #new-york-city, #paid-time-off

These 14 House Republicans Voted Against a Juneteenth Federal Holiday

Some objected to the phrase “Independence Day” in the formal name of the holiday celebrating the end of slavery. Others said federal workers did not need another paid day off.

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A School District Got Rid of Columbus Day. It Didn’t Stop There.

A New Jersey school district, criticized for renaming the day for Indigenous people, eliminated the names of all holidays. It might undo that, too.

#columbus-day, #education-k-12, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #indigenous-people, #italian-americans, #native-americans, #new-jersey, #politics-and-government, #randolph-nj

Juneteenth Poll: Most Americans Know Little or Nothing About Holiday

Academics believe that increases in the number of Americans familiar with the holiday, which commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S., may be a result of last summer’s protests against racism.

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House Passes Bill to Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

The measure would designate June 19 as a federal holiday to commemorate the end of slavery. More than a dozen Republicans voted against it.

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What Does It Mean to Be Crowned ‘Miss Juneteenth’?

For contestants, it’s a pageant, yes, but also a place to celebrate Black sisterhood and promote a deeper understanding of a complex holiday.

#beauty-contests, #black-history-continued-2021, #black-people, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #juneteenth, #lee-opal-1926, #peoples-channing-godfrey

Eid al-Fitr Celebrated Through Distinct Family Recipes

As the poet and writer Kima Jones prepared for Eid al-Fitr, she used it as a time to connect to herself, her ancestors and her family through food.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #eid-al-fitr, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #muslims-and-islam, #recipes

The Easiest Way to Make Crispy Homemade Samosas

Keep a stash, made from scratch, in the freezer, and fry them up as a quick snack to break fast, to host surprise guests or to just feed yourself.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #ramadan

Indonesia Bus Falls Into Ravine, Leaving Dozens Dead

The brakes on a bus carrying 66 students, teachers and relatives who had visited an Islamic missionary’s tomb appear to have malfunctioned, killing 29.

#buses, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #indonesia, #java-indonesia, #rescues, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Tet Is Full of Traditions, but You Can Have It Your Way

Plenty of rule-bending and innovation has been brought to Vietnamese Lunar New Year feasts as the diaspora has grown.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #lunar-new-year, #tet, #vietnamese-food-cuisine, #vietnamese-americans

To Avoid a Covid Surge, China Cracks Down on Lunar New Year Travel

China has added restrictions, offered incentives and appealed to a sense of filial and national responsibility, in an effort to prevent about 300 million migrant workers from going home for the holiday.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #labor-and-jobs, #lunar-new-year, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Australia Day: A Day of Celebration or Mourning?

For many, it’s a chance to kick back at beaches and barbecues. But for protesters who took to the streets on Tuesday, it’s a mark of the country’s shameful treatment of Indigenous people: Invasion Day.

#australia, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #indigenous-australians

New York’s Pandemic Christmas: Muted Cheer, but Some Stick to Traditions

Bus terminals and train stations were all but empty and restaurant owners said business was slow. Still, the city’s resilience was evident.

#christmas, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #travel-warnings

The Modern Love Podcast: 10 Episodes to Binge Through the Holidays

2020 has been a year of isolation and grief, but there’s always room for love.

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The Loveliest Gifts: Our Secret Santa Book Swap

Long before I worked at The New York Times, my friends and I leaned on the Books section for holiday cheer. We still do.

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Scenes From a Pandemic Holiday Road Trip

Scenes from a holiday season that shone bright in dark times.

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The Virus That Stole Most of 2020 Now Steals Christmas, Too

Across Italy and beyond, those who lost loved ones this year had looked forward to a holiday with the rest of their friends and relatives. But for many, it’s not to be.

#christmas, #conte-giuseppe, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #grandparents, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional

How to Design Your 2020 Holiday Reboot

It may not be the perfect storybook holiday, but it rarely is. Why not use this year to reset and create your own traditions?

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #quarantine-life-and-culture

In a Covid Winter, How to Stay Warm, Safe and Social

The right gear, a little planning and practicing for the cold temperatures can help you take celebrations outdoors to avoid Covid-19.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #seasons-and-months, #weather, #winter-season

For Those Behind Corporate Events, Parties Are on Pause

As companies cancel their year-end events, the 2020 holiday season has made a terrible year even worse for those in the events business.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #parties-social, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #small-business

Covid Guide: How to Get Through the Pandemic

Times are tough now, but the end is in sight. If we hunker down, keep our families safe during the holidays and monitor our health at home, life will get better in the spring. Here’s how to get through it.

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A Finger-Food Countdown to 2021

This menu of tasty party snacks is perfect for the 2020 version of a holiday blowout — that is, all-night nibbling on the couch.

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A Chicken Dish That Makes It Feel Like Christmas

When Nik Sharma left Mumbai for Ohio years ago, he had to leave his family’s holiday celebration behind too. Now he recreates one of his favorite dishes, chicken cafreal, in his own kitchen.

#christmas, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #india, #potatoes, #poultry

Christmas Is Coming. Cue the Guilt Trips and Tears.

Thanksgiving gatherings were upended by the pandemic. With Christmas upon us, families are having another round of fraught conversations about in-person celebrations.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #holiday-gatherings, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #thanksgiving-day

Zoom Cocktails 2.0: The Holiday Edition

The virtual happy hour was novel nine months ago, and now it’s back to get us through the holidays. But can we overcome the limits of a virtual social life?

#families-and-family-life, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #parties-social, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #zoom-video-communications

You’re Choosing a Gift. Here’s What Not to Do.

Many of our natural impulses turn out to be wrong. Psychological research can help us choose wisely.

#christmas, #gift-cards-and-certificates, #gifts, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #research

How Much Dyker Heights Christmas Light Displays Cost

Nine snowflakes, eight penguins, five angels and three life-size Nutcrackers. “I spend several thousand dollars — at the least — each year.”

#christmas, #dyker-heights-brooklyn-ny, #holidays-and-special-occasions

How to Use Science to Give Good Gifts

Many of our natural impulses turn out to be wrong. Psychological research can help us choose wisely.

#christmas, #gift-cards-and-certificates, #gifts, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #research

18 Easy Holiday Desserts

No-fuss treats for a sweet season.

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In a Hard Year, Families Find Joy in Real Christmas Trees

Bell’s Christmas Trees in Accord, N.Y., closed early this month after its customers, worn down by the pandemic and looking for a safe family activity, bought out its entire inventory.

#accord-ny, #agriculture-and-farming, #christmas, #christmas-trees, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #trees-and-shrubs

With Most Pantomimes Canceled, Another Blow to U.K. Theaters

Camp, kid-friendly and hugely popular, the peculiarly British performances usually sell enough tickets to support theaters’ programs throughout the rest of the year.

#actors-and-actresses, #box-office-sales, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #theater

Silent Night: Scenes of a Pandemic Christmas

Photographers around the country captured how the pandemic has brought many hectic holiday traditions to a halt.

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Our Food Staff’s 18 Favorite Holiday Recipes

Reporters and editors shared the NYT Cooking recipes that have become holiday traditions in their homes.

#christmas, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #hanukkah, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #new-year, #quarantine-life-and-culture

It’s In-Law Season. Here’s How to Get Along.

In-laws are often thrust into life’s most intimate moments without much agreement on how things should be handled. It can make these relationships … complicated.

#content-type-service, #families-and-family-life, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #marriages

How to Make a Spectacular Holiday Trifle

Flamboyant, fruity and exceedingly merry, trifles are a show-off dessert with a self-effacing name.

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How Neighbors Are Coming Together to Buy Local for the Holidays

“I’m not buying anything from freaking Jeff Bezos,” says a member of a Red Hook business group.

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Artist-Designed Holiday Cards, Ready for the Mail

Five designs, made exclusively for T, that reflect on a difficult year while offering a chance to spread warmth and even cheer.

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After a Hard Year, Holiday Commercials Get Real

Tear-jerker scenes and reminders of the coronavirus pandemic are part of a not-so-cheery seasonal ad blitz.

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4 Festive Dishes to Make You Happy to Be Home

This is the holiday season for staying in with lazy-day recipes that feel like cooking self-care and taste like celebration.

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Keeping the Holiday Season Bright

The pandemic may force you to cancel some holiday traditions, but creating new ones can help make up for what you lose.

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Getting Creative for the 2020 Office Holiday Party

Because yet another Google hangout is not going to cut it.

#christmas, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #parties-social, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #workplace-environment

Holiday Cards for 2020

In a year marked by distance, loss and virtual stand-ins, physical greeting cards are selling quite well.

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A Thanksgiving Myth Debunked: People Aren’t Fighting About Politics

Smaller gatherings mean fewer chances to talk to relatives you disagree with. But most Americans prefer to skip partisan debates altogether, no matter how big the turkey.

#families-and-family-life, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #presidential-election-of-2020, #thanksgiving-day

How Not to Overspend This Black Friday

Have a list, a budget and some patience.

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