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7 Quick Facts about Halloween

What are the origins of modern day Halloween, this holiday that is second only to Christmas in popularity? Today, Andrew Dragos shares 7 quick facts about Halloween that reveal that determining the exact origins of specific traditions may be harder than expected, and speaks to the uneasy truce the church has had with the pagan cultures it inhabits.

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7 Quick Facts about Islam

The month of Ramadan, a time of prayer and fasting for Muslims, lasts from June 28th – July 28 in 2014. Get up to speed on the basics of Islam with these 7 quick facts that will help you understand and connect with your Muslim neighbors.

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7 Quick Facts about Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, “the fifth of May,” is pronounced siŋ-kō-də-ˈmī-ō—it’s not like the spread you put on your sandwich. It commemorates an unlikely victory for a Mexican army over the powerful invading French army in 1862, though Mexico ultimately lost the war.

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7 Quick Facts about St. Patrick's Day

From his birth to high-ranking Roman colonists parents to his death on March 17 in the late 5th century, St. Patrick was best known for his evangelistic fervor, courage, and humility, even in the face of difficult opposition from druid religious leaders. Here are seven quick facts you may not know about St. Patrick and St. Patrick’s Day.

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7 Quick Facts about Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is a popular day of celebration in the United States and beyond, but most people know surprisingly little about the origins of the holiday. This isn’t necessarily surprising, as surprisingly little is known about Saint Valentine except his name. Here are some other quick facts you may not know about Valentine’s history.

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