Category: Holidays

A Norange and Night Flapper: Origins of Our Favorite Words from Hallowmas Eve

Last week was Halloween, and as the Lexplorers were sitting out on the stoop handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, we got to thinking about Halloween words.  Halloween as a holiday, and many of its traditions, come from the Celts.   But we discovered that some of our favorite Halloween words come from linguistic backgrounds ranging from Persian, Arabic, and Sanskrit to… Read more →

!نوروز سال ۱۳۹۶ مبارک (Happy New Year 1396!)

Last Monday was the first day of Spring.  Officially known as the Vernal Equinox, from the Latin vernālis (“pertaining to the spring”) and aequus (“equal”) + nox (“night”), the first day of Spring also marks the start of the Persian New Year. The Persian celebration of نوروز  (Noruz, which translates as “new light” or “new day”) goes back thousands of… Read more →