Many Christmas traditions…

Many Christmas traditions come from the Roman holiday Saturnalia. During Saturnalia, work and business came to a halt. Schools and courts of law closed, and the normal social patterns were suspended.
People decorated their homes with wreaths and other greenery, and shed their traditional togas in favor of colorful clothes known as synthesis. Even slaves did not have to work during Saturnalia, but were allowed to participate in the festivities; in some cases, they sat at the head of the table while their masters served them.
Instead of working, Romans spent Saturnalia gambling, singing, playing music, feasting, socializing and giving each other gifts. Wax taper candles called cerei were common gifts during Saturnalia, to signify light returning after the solstice.

50 is the number of countries around the …

50 is the number of countries around the world where Mother’s Day is celebrated. While many countries’ celebrations are similar to those in the United States, some differ greatly. In India, the Hindu people celebrate for 10 days in October in a festival they call Durga Puja. Durga is the name of a goddess who protects the people from evil and also is popularly known as The Universal Mother. On Mother’s Day in Yugoslavia, celebrated in December, children sneak into their mother’s bedroom and tie her up in bed. When she awakes she promises to give the children gifts that she has hidden to be untied.