Food and Cultural History
Africa: Liberia Independence Day

July 26th marks Independence Day for the people of the Republic of Liberia. Aided by the American Colonization Society, Liberia was colonized by freed Blacks and slaves in 1822.

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Do You Know Your Tequila History?

Tequila is a little drink with a big multicultural history. The popular liquor has a lineage steeped in pre-Hispanic Mexican and European cultures.  Like many foods, the origins of the beverage intertwine a little bit of myth and a little bit of history.

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Baltimore, MD: Artscape Three Days of FREE FUN! July 19-21

Every summer, for three blazing days, Baltimore, Maryland is home to the nation’s  largest free arts festival.  Attracting over 350,000 annual attendees, Artscape is the temporary home of over 150 artists, fashion designers and craftspeople.

Artscape 2013 has an international theme and will feature presentations from over 30 countries. 

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Happy Bastille Day!

Bastille Day is the French national holiday celebrated every year on July 14th. When in France, you may call the holiday La Fête Nationale (National Celebration), or Le Quatorze Juillet (the fourteenth of July).

The holiday memorializes the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, a festive commemoration held on the first anniversary of the July 14th, 1789 storming of the Bastille fortress-prison.

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Ramadan - Fasting for the Mind, Body and Spirit

Ramadan is a holiday celebrated during the ninth month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar. A very holy event, it is a time for spiritual purification achieved through fasting, self-sacrifice and prayers.  Lasting a whole month, the religious event is practiced by over one billion Muslims worldwide.

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Happy Independence Day!

The Independence Day holiday commemorates the July 4th, 1776 adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The Continental Congress, led by Thomas Jefferson, had agreed to separate from British rule on July 2, but it took two days to complete revisions to the political document.

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North America: Memorial Day

A traditionally solemn event, Memorial Day later became a holiday to remember all of the brave men and women who have fallen in service to the United States. Long-established celebratory events include Memorial Day parades, flag lowerings, and the donning of red poppies.

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African Liberation Day

African Liberation Day (ALD) is celebrated every year on May 25th.  According to the official ALD website, the holiday celebrates “the onward progress of the liberation movement and symbolizes the determination of the people of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation.” Many African communities celebrate and recognize the holiday including communities in Ghana, Kenya, Spain, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, and the United States.              

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Cicadas - A Tasty Treat?

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When most people think of Cicadas, the first thought that comes to mind is probably something along the lines of “Ewwww.” But here at the MCCN we ask you to open your minds (and your mouths) when it comes to Cicadas  and think “High in protein”, “Low in fat”, and “No carbs!”

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The HIstory of Mother’s Day

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The American observance of Mother’s Day can be traced back to early England. Mothering Day fell on the fourth Sunday Lent (the 40 days of fasting preceding Easter Sunday). Early Christians initially used the day to celebrate their “Mother church” (the church in which they were baptized). During the holiday, church goers would decorate their church with offerings of jewelry and flowers.

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