Posts in category "Holidays"

Eating sufganiyot during Hanukkah in Israel - and now Chicago

As a child living in the US, I always associated Hanukkah with one main food – potato latkes. Yes, whenever it as Hanukkah, I always awaited the smell of hot oil frying in a pan, knowing that soon potato latkes would be fried up for all of our friends and family to enjoy. Starting at... Read more »

Winter holiday stamps: How does the US Postal Service select its stamp designs?

There are roughly three weeks until Hanukkah, four weeks until Christmas and Kwanzaa, and five weeks until New Year’s Day. As the amount of days until the start of each winter holiday gets smaller and smaller, the lines at local post offices seem to get longer and longer. Yes, as the holidays approach, more and more people head to the US post office to... Read more »

10 ways to enjoy Thanksgiving weekend with your family in Chicago

With Chicago thermometers only reaching the 20s and 30s in early November, it’s beginning to feel more and more like the holidays. And, I’m all for making the most of the holiday feeling. That’s why I’m gearing up for the next big holiday to come our way – Thanksgiving. Even with the ever-present chance of... Read more »
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"But, mom, why not Hanukkah, too?" Celebrating winter holidays in our multicultural world

One question with six words has been on my mind for the last few days: “But, mom, why not Hanukkah, too?”  And, it’s all thanks to my six-year-old son. He uttered that one question with six words to me on Monday, November 3 – to be exact. It came right after our red shopping cart careened around a corner at a Target store near... Read more »

9 ways to celebrate Día de los Muertos with your family in Chicago

Walking through the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, it’s easy to see the excitement building among its residents and visitors to celebrate Day of the Dead (or Día de los Muertos). Store walls are decorated with dancing skeletons. Bakery shelves are lined with sugar skulls. Brightly colored paper flags flap in the breeze over narrow alleyways. And, miniature skeletons sit,... Read more »

Photos: Bastille Day Chicago 2014 festival

Walking up to Chicago's Daley Plaza, it was hard not to miss the sea of blue, white and red. By 6 pm, just one hour after the event began, a sizable crowd had gathered to celebrate Bastille Day in Chicago.
Yesterday, in Chicago, the skies cleared up just in time for the blue, white and red to be rolled out in Daley Plaza for Bastille Day Chicago. This year, the annual event was held on a Monday evening – a departure from the prime weekend day spot it’s held on local Francophile and Francophone’s schedules for the past... Read more »
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Four great ways to celebrate Bastille Day with your family in Chicago

In France, people mark the storming of the Bastille and the start of the French Revolution on July 14, 1789 with parades, fireworks and parties. There, the holiday that we refer to as Bastille Day, is more commonly called La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration) or Le Quartorze Juilett (the fourteenth of July). Here in Chicago,... Read more »

Four great ways to celebrate the Fourth of July with your family in Chicago

For many people, this week will be a short one as businesses and camps close for the Fourth of July holiday on Friday, July 4.  With the holiday falling on a Friday this year, we are treated to a three-day weekend, and a perfect opportunity to toast our country, celebrate our freedom, and reflect on... Read more »

Cinco de Mayo 2014: 5 family-friendly ways to celebrate the holiday in Chicago

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Over time, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture, cuisine and music across the United States – and especially here in Chicago. This year, Cinco de Mayo falls on Monday,... Read more »
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Macaron Day is coming – Chicagoans can celebrate by sampling the best macarons

I love macarons – the small, colorful merinque sandwiches often filled with ganache, buttercream or jam. The French biscuits with one “o” have continued to gain in popularity, making a grand appearance at more and more bakeries across Chicago. As a huge macaron fan, I think it’s only fitting that macarons have their own day... Read more »