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AP Explains: What is May Day?

CHICAGO (AP) — Tens of thousands of immigrants and their supporters in U.S. cities are set to protest Monday against immigration policies to mark May Day. It is an event that will also generate heated protests around the world as unions push for better rights for workers. The roots of …

The Dark Origins Of Valentine’s Day : NPR

Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate romance and love and kissy-face fealty. But the origins of this festival of candy and cupids are actually dark, bloody — and a bit muddled. Though no one has pinpointed the exact origin of the holiday, one good place to start is ancient …

Closed for Thanksgiving: Will others follow Mall of America’s lead? – CSMonitor.com

Some retailers who recently started opening up ‘Christmas creep’ shopping on Thanksgiving Thursday are now pushing back, encouraging workers and shoppers to celebrate with their families.  The holiday-shopping madness of Black Friday has crept earlier and earlier in recent years, as retailers have opened for business on Thanksgiving Day. That …