A History of Christmas

The birth of Jesus has been celebrated by Christians for centuries during Christmas. However, before the birth of Jesus, people celebrated the winter solstice. Easter was the most important holiday in the Christian calendar until the fourth century when officials decided to mark Jesus’ birthday as a holiday. Pope Julius decided the day should be the …

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Samhain and Halloween

Halloween originated from an ancient Celtic festival called Samhain, where people would wear costumes and light bonfires to scare off evil spirits. In the 18th century, All Saints Day was celebrated on the first of November. Eventually, when the traditions of All Saints Day became intertwined with the Celtic festival, Samhain, a new celebration called, …

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Edinburgh’s Secret Underground Street: Mary King’s Close

Edinburgh’s buildings conceal a hidden street called Mary King’s Close. Underneath the Royal Mile, an underground street remained almost untouched for hundreds of years. A long street with narrow passageways conceals houses from the 17th century. The street was the second largest in Edinburgh and was used as a market. All different social classes lived …

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The Royal African Company and Edward Colston

In the early years of slavery, most enslaved Africans were brought from Dutch traders and sold on as property. In 1619, around 20 Africans were purchased from Dutchmen in Jamestown, Virginia to work in English colonies tobacco fields. The Royal African Company had a monopoly on the west African slave trade. It was originally led …

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Anne Boleyn and Hever Castle

Hever Castle is over 700 years old and was built in 1270. It was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Henry the VIII's 2nd wife. Unfortunately, she met a savage end, when she was beheaded by her husband, after being accused of high treason... Henry had 6 wives Divorced - Catherine of Aragon Beheaded - Anne Boleyn …

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