Holidays and Traditions
Holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the world. This category covers religious and non-religious holidays and their associated traditions, as well as some multicultural events.
What was the name of the Indian chief that helped the pilgrims survive the winter?
Asked by Stefanie Raynor in Christmas, Holidays and Traditions
How early do you start celebrating Christmas?
Difference between indigenous knowledge system and western scientific knowledge systems?
the difference between IK and western scientfic knpwledge is ,indegenous knowledge is unique to a particular culture and society ,where as western scientfic view is universally accepted .onthe other hand the western knowledge is ,scientfic ,and systematic,in addition it follows strict procedures and basic rules.
Asked in Holidays and Traditions, Christmas
Can you make up a quick Christmas story with 200 words?
What is the Soviet May Day Parade?
May Day in the former Soviet Union was "International Workers' Day." Parades on this date were to show the people that communism was making them strong by displaying their military hardware and manpower. May Day or "International Workers' Day" (also known as "May Day") is a celebration of the international labour movement. May 1 is a national holiday in more than 80 countries and celebrated unofficially in many other countries. May Day was celebrated illegally in Russia until the February Revolution enabled the first legal celebration in 1917. The following year, after the Bolshevik seizure of power, the May Day celebrations were boycotted by Mensheviks, Left Socialist Revolutionaries and anarchists. It became an important official holiday of the Soviet Union, celebrated with elaborate popular parade in the centre of the major cities. The biggest celebration was traditionally organized on the Red Square, where the General Secretary of the CPSU and other party and government leaders stood atop Lenin's Mausoleum and waved to the crowds. It was celebration to show the people how strong the communism was by displaying their military, air force and navy hardware and manpower. Since 1992, May Day is officially called "The Day of Spring and Labour", and remains a major holiday in present-day Russia.
Asked in Holidays and Traditions
Do you think festivals are important for a country?
Why don't we end daylight savings time?
To end daylight saving time (and, by the way, it's "daylight saving" without the second "s") nationwide, we'd need an act of Congress. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 established rules for time zones across the United States and a uniform nationwide daylight saving time period, and per that act, states can opt out of daylight saving, but they can't "spring forward" permanently without Congress. In 2019, 36 states have proposals for choosing either standard time or daylight saving time and ending the twice-yearly clock confusion. A Florida bill to move to permanent daylight saving time passed in 2018, but it still needs approval from Congress. Although these bills do have widespread, bipartisan support, opponents claim that ending the practice would create confusion and hurt businesses, particularly if the changes are only applied at the state level. So, why do we change our clocks twice a year in the first place—and does daylight saving time really save anything? How Daylight Saving Time Started It certainly did when it was introduced in the early 20th century. Germany was the first country to establish daylight saving time on April 30, 1916. The move was intended to conserve electricity during World War I, and weeks after the Germans enacted it, the United Kingdom did the same. The logic: People could add an hour of sunlight to their workdays by adjusting their schedules. At a time when electricity was relatively expensive, that was a big deal. The concept spread throughout the Northern Hemisphere. On March 31, 1918, the United States implemented daylight saving time as a wartime measure. Contrary to popular belief, farmers didn’t benefit, and in fact, farmers led some of the first (unsuccessful) efforts to repeal the practice. Congress passed a repeal bill in 1919, and after that, states were left to decide for themselves whether or not they wanted to observe daylight saving. Except for a brief return to national daylight saving time during World War II, states implemented daylight saving in different ways, falling back and springing forward on different dates (or not at all). That caused tremendous confusion and plenty of lost productivity, so Congress passed the Uniform Time Act. Today, 48 states observe daylight saving; Hawaii and Arizona are the outliers. Arguments Against Changing the Clock In recent years, some policymakers and activists have questioned whether daylight saving makes sense in a modern world. Sure, we might gain an hour of sunlight, but is that worth the confusion that inevitably results from twice-annual time changes? "We know a lot more than we did over 50 years ago, when it became sort of the uniform standard over the United States," Oregon state representative Julie Fahey, who regularly sponsors a bill that would enact year-round daylight saving in the state, told National Geographic. "The time to talk about it is now." Some of the arguments for abolishing twice-annual time changes include: It's unhealthy. A study presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 68th Annual Meeting in 2016 found that daylight saving transitions "may be tied to an increased risk of ischemic stroke." The theory: Time changes disrupt our circadian rhythms, resulting in as much of an 8 percent increase in the overall rate of strokes. It hurts productivity. By one estimate, sleep deprivation costs the U.S. economy about $411 billion per year. Time changes disrupt sleep schedules, particularly when "springing forward" and losing an hour. It might actually reduce energy efficiency. A 2008 study from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that in Indiana, residential electricity demands actually increased when the state enacted daylight saving time. However, proponents of DST note that it reduces pedestrian fatalities during dawn and dusk hours. The practice is also beneficial for some industries; in 1986, representatives of the grill and charcoal industries claimed that extending daylight saving time from six to seven months would provide them with an additional $200 million in sales. In any case, the tide seems to be turning against DST (albeit very, very slowly). Scott Yates, an entrepreneur and anti-time-change activist, runs the website #LockTheClock to advocate for an end to changing the clocks twice a year. "The good news is that compared to when I started working on this, I can see the momentum changing in the press inquiries I'm getting, the legislative interest, the visitors to this site, and more," he wrote. "So, I know you won't like changing the clock again this fall, even though this is the one where you get an extra hour of sleep. But you can get that sleep with a bit of comfort that the world of clock changing is slowly drifting away."