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2009-12-16 08:05:00

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Philadelphia is going all out for the New Year's four-day weekend, making it the perfect destination for families who want a kid-friendly celebration and for adults ready to party into the wee hours of 2010. After New Year's Eve kicks off with Countdown to Noon at Please Touch Museum®, "Happy New Year!" will echo throughout the city twice when two colorful fireworks shows dazzle onlookers on both sides of the Delaware River. On New...

2008-12-27 17:50:07

A giant straw Christmas goat in Gavle, Sweden, was burned down again this year by unknown assailants, officials said. The Local reported Saturday that all that remained of the 43-foot Gavle goat was a blackened skeleton. The newspaper reported that for decades residents have erected a traditional straw goat before Christmas in the main city square, and vandals for years have burned it to the ground. We have been so happy that he survived through Christmas Eve, which is the toughest period...

2008-12-27 15:52:38

The impact Barak Obama's election as the first black U.S. president will have on the African-American holiday Kwanzaa is unclear, a filmmaker says. The Black Candle director M.K. Asante Jr., whose documentary was about Kwanzaa, said the election of Obama could significantly alter Kwanzaa at the presidential level, The Independent reported Saturday. Obviously, there is already a tradition of addressing Kwanzaa in the White House, which was started by Bill Clinton, and has been continued by...

2008-12-04 04:06:00

Time, Money and The Environment Are On Your Side At MyFunCards.com WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- It started earlier this year. Even before you heard the first whispers of "Trick or Treat," stores skipped spooky and went straight to jolly and bright, setting up wreaths, trees and ornaments. Now it's December, and despite this early arrival of the holiday season, you're in a familiar situation: scrambling. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081204/NYFNST06 ) The now...

2008-11-10 15:00:25

The Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn's Landing, the only completely outdoor Olympic-size ice skating rink in Philadelphia, is the perfect place to spend the holidays. The Blue Cross RiverRink is open throughout the entire winter season with additional skating sessions during the holidays including special sessions on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Visitors will enjoy the unique setting of this outdoor rink decorated with a huge (near 20 ft.) Christmas tree...

2008-06-20 16:40:40

With 8 inches of hail falling in parts of Nebraska this week and Arizona reaching triple digit temperatures last week, it may seem rather arbitrary to call June 20 the first day of the summer this year, aka the summer solstice. But scientists really do have a reason. It's all about Earth's cockeyed leanings and some celestial configurations that even the ancients understood. Our planet is tilted 23.5 degrees on its spin axis. On June 20 this year (some years it's June 21), the...

2005-12-23 14:20:00

By Karin Strohecker BERLIN -- The smell of sausages, the cheery chimes of Christmas jingles and the thud of "Klezmer rap" hang heavy in the December air as Berliners huddle around the kosher mulled wine stall. Welcome to the "Chrismukkah" market. Berlin's Jewish Museum is for the first time holding its own traditional-style market of the sort that dot German cities at this time of year. But this one is for Chrismukkah -- in German "Weihnukkah" -- a merger of Christian Christmas and the 8-day...

2005-12-23 14:10:00

By Karin Strohecker BERLIN (Reuters) - The smell of sausages, the cheery chimes of Christmas jingles and the thud of "Klezmer rap" hang heavy in the December air as Berliners huddle around the kosher mulled wine stall. Welcome to the "Chrismukkah" market. Berlin's Jewish Museum is for the first time holding its own traditional-style market of the sort that dot German cities at this time of year. But this one is for Chrismukkah -- in German "Weihnukkah" -- a merger of Christian Christmas and...

2005-12-18 11:36:42

By C. Bryson Hull and Wangui Kanina NAIROBI (Reuters) - Call a holiday for any reason, by any name, and Kenyans will celebrate it. In the East African nation of 32 million, it takes very little to persuade wananchi -- as the public is known in Swahili -- to take the day off to dance, eat roasted meat known as nyama choma, drink and relax. So the debate over what to call Christmas in the United States, given sensitivities over religious holidays like Hanukkah and the largely...

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2005-03-20 10:30:00

NASA -- What do Stonehenge, Mayan pyramids, and a spacecraft a million miles away have in common? They're linked by a human need to explore and understand the Sun, moon, planets, and stars. This year's Sun-Earth Day on March 20 focuses on "Ancient Observatories: Timeless Knowledge" and falls on the vernal equinox when day and night are the same length. Appropriately, NASA and the Exploratorium in San Francisco are focusing on ancient peoples and their fascination with the Sun, which played a...


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2011-06-20 11:32:36

The Summer Solstice, or "Midsummer," derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), occurs exactly when the Earth's axial tilt is most inclined towards the sun at its maximum of 23° 26'. This is the time when the Sun is at its highest, or most northerly, point in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere. Except in the polar regions, where daylight is continuous for many months during the spring and summer, the day on which the Summer solstice occurs is the day of the year with...

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