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Sacred hares, banished winter witches & pagan worship – the ancient roots of Easter Bunny traditions

The Easter Bunny is a much celebrated character in American Easter celebrations, and the the origins of this mythical figure has taken a long and interesting journey from European prehistory to today. ... Read more»

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Cdad. de Tucson cerrará oficinas el lunes, el Día de César Chávez

Las oficinas del gobierno de la ciudad de Tucson estarán cerradas el lunes para honrar los derechos civiles y al César Chávez, el líder de los United Farm Workers (Trabajadores Agrícolas Unidos).... Read more»

Tucson city offices closed Monday for César Chávez Day

Tucson city government offices will be closed Monday to honor civil rights and United Farm Workers leader César Chávez.... Read more»

The truth about St. Patrick’s Day

The Festival of St. Patrick began in the 17th century as a religious and cultural commemoration of the bishop who brought Christianity to Ireland. In Ireland, there’s still an important religious and cultural component to the holiday, even as it has simply become an excuse to wear green and heavily drink in the rest of the world.... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

City Council to vote on deal to bring jobs to Tucson; TUSD takes on sexual harassment

The Tucson City Council is slated to vote on incentives for a development of a 199,000 sq. ft. hangar at Tucson International Airport that will provide 50 jobs. Plus more in a quick look at what's planned for local government meetings this week.... Read more»

What's open, what's not on President's Day

President's Day is commemorated on the third Monday of February and that falls on Feb. 21 this year. ... Read more»

What's open, what's closed in Tucson on MLK Day

The Martin Luther King Holiday is commemorated on the third Monday of January and that falls on Jan. 17 this year, with standard-issue closures around Tucson area.... Read more»

Photos: Puttin' a (rain)bow on 2021

A wintery chill, a stiff breeze, the steady coming of the last night of 2021 — they were all forgotten about for a few sparkling moments on late Friday afternoon in Tucson, as a brilliant double rainbow soared over the city as the sun slipped down Gates Pass.... Read more»

The best way to follow through on your New Year’s resolution? Make an 'old year's resolution'

With the “old year” approach, perhaps you can sidestep the inevitable challenges that come with traditional New Year’s resolutions and achieve lasting, positive changes.... Read more»

What's open, what's not on New Year's holiday

New Year's Eve isn't typically a holiday but with the New Year's Day falling on a Saturday, many offices have Friday off as the holiday. ... Read more»

Restrictions on family contacts darken holiday season for inmates

“Needlessly cruel” limitations on contacts between incarcerees and relatives imposed since the outbreak of COVID-19 not only increase the chances of repeat offenses but have a negative impact on the emotional and physical health of family members.... Read more»

Happy holidays, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the Tucson Sentinel!

Whether you celebrate a specific holiday or prefer to mark the longer nights and chillier days of winter in some other way, as we near the end of the year, you have the best wishes of all of us at the Tucson Sentinel.... Read more»

The magnificent history of the maligned and misunderstood fruitcake

Nothing says Christmas quite like a fruitcake – or, at the very least, a fruitcake joke - and haters and disrespect aside, fruitcake is still a robust American tradition: The website Serious Eats reports that over 2 million fruitcakes are still sold each year.... Read more»


How Mrs. Claus embodied 19th-century debates about women’s rights

The writers who created Mrs. Claus were not just interested in filling in the blanks of Santa’s personal life - the poems and stories about Mrs. Claus spoke to women’s central role in the Christmas holiday and also provided a canvas to explore contemporary debates about gender.... Read more»

Happy holidays from everyone at TucsonSentinel.com!

Raise a glass to those who've passed, those who've endured — & a better New Year in 2022

Ordinarily, we'd be inviting all our readers to join us in person to celebrate the holiday season. We holding off on that again this year, but want to pass along our heartfelt best wishes as we mark the longest night of the year — and brighter days to come.... Read more»

How Christmas became an American holiday tradition, with Santa Claus, gifts & a tree

Each season, Christmas has conservatives complaining about the commercialization of the holiday, and many people believe there was once a way to celebrate the holiday in a more spiritual way - but such perceptions about Christmas celebrations have little basis in history. ... Read more»

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