Category Archives: Holidays

Bon Appetit Wednesday! Oliebollen (Dutch Doughnuts)

oliebollenOnly two more days until we ring in a brand new year! At AntiquityNOW we like to bring together traditions from all over the world, so this year we’re featuring a recipe for an ancient Danish treat. Oliebollen are delicious dutch doughnuts with an unusual meaning and a dark history. Traditionally eaten on New Year’s Eve, oliebollen is translated as “oily balls.” While this may not sound like the most appetizing name for a food, these deep fried sweets will make you forget their strange name at first bite. Continue reading

Happy Hanukkah from AntiquityNOW: Children’s Crafts for the Festival of Lights

IMG_0862For Jews around the world Hanukkah is a season of family and remembrance, and what better way to celebrate the joy and miracle of this ancient holiday than seeing the ingenuity of students from the Hollis Hills Jewish Center Nursery School in Queens, New York.

Students at the school range from ages 18 months through five years old. The slideshow below illustrates the work of children from three classes. The Lego menorah was created by a student and her father.  The children were learning about the story of the Maccabees and the miracle of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, where a small vessel of olive oil burned in the menorah for eight days at the Holy Temple. The pictures of the Hebrew letters Nun, Gimmel, Hey and Shin are translated “Great Miracle Happened There” (in Israel “Here” is substituted). Continue reading

Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery

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The text is as follows:

Section 1.
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

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Also, COMING SOON!! The launch of The Slavery Project by AntiquityNOW. Stay tuned to our blog for more information about this important new educational project.

Happy Thanksgiving From AntiquityNOW!

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You may think that Canadians and Americans are the only ones celebrating this Thanksgiving, but there are many harvest festivals taking place all over the world this time of year. Click here to learn all about these different holidays!

Bon Appetit Wednesday! Happy Thanksgiving

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It’s Turkey Day! If you’re looking for those last minute recipes to round out your meal, look no further. AntiquityNOW has dishes to delight all of your guests and each one comes with a fascinating past.

Turkey Sobaheg– Learn why we eat turkey on Thanksgiving.
Ham ‘n Hay with Beer– A twist on your traditional holiday ham.
Carrots with Arame– Seaweed for Thanksgiving? It’s delicious and nutritious!
Mayan Pumpkin Soup– A comfort food with a long history.
Pumpkin Pie– Go back 200 years for this tried and true recipe.

Happy Diwali from AntiquityNOW!

Diwali_fireworks_and_lighting_celebrations_India_2012The five days of Diwali began on Wednesday, November 11th and will continue through this Sunday, so there’s plenty of time to celebrate this ancient festival of lights.

Click here to read our kids’ blog post about Diwali, complete with a Diwali toolkit from the Hindu American Society and delicious recipes for seven Diwali desserts.

And take a moment to browse through this slideshow of the festival of lights being celebrated around the world.

Happy Diwali! We wish you a year full of prosperity and opportunity!

Happy Halloween from AntiquityNOW!

sweet-314234_640Maybe you’re adding the finishing touches to a costume you’ve been hand-sewing for weeks or maybe you’re scrambling to find last-minute costume ideas on the internet. Perhaps you’re preparing to observe an ancient Samhain or perhaps you’re headed to a modern Halloween bash. No matter how you plan to celebrate tonight’s festivities, it’s almost certainly going to involve delicious treats. Feasting on this night is nothing new. Check out our post The Colorful Past of Halloween Treats to learn more about the ancient origins of this holiday and more importantly, the food!

Also, don’t miss this fascinating slideshow of Halloween being celebrated all over the world.

And here’s a recipe for adorable mini ghost cupcakes.

Bon Appetit Wednesday! National Dessert Day

tiger nut sweets editOctober is a month packed with celebrations of culinary delights. Last week we sampled the ancient and delicious history of seafood and today we’re honoring our sweet tooth. Humanity has always loved to indulge in something deliciously decadent. From Cleopatra’s favorite Tiger Nut Sweets to the Mesopotamian Palace Cakes of Ur, there are so many wondrous ways to enjoy dessert spiced with a bit of antiquity. Below you’ll find the recipe for Tiger Nut Sweets, also called Dulcis Coccora, along with a list of some of our favorite Bon Appetit Wednesday dessert recipes. Happy National Dessert Day! Continue reading

Fact or Fiction? Ancient Scary Turnips

Fact or Fiction curly and roundPumpkins in North America are ubiquitous this time of year, and they are no more evident than on Halloween, when they are on display carved with frightening faces to ward off evil spirits. But did you know that in the Middle Ages in Europe, as a pagan vestige against the growing wave of Christianity, hideously carved turnips were the vegetable of choice to spook the spirits?

Fact or Fiction?

Scroll down for the answer!

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FACT! As the conversion to Christianity took root in the Middle Ages, pagan influences remained, which was the case with Halloween. It was believed that spirits roamed freely on this fateful night. Turnips were carved in the form of demons to keep evil spirits away. Since the pumpkin was more abundant in America, it became the much more colorful and rotund symbol of nefarious spirits as the Halloween tradition crossed the pond.

Click here to learn more about historic Halloween traditions and to read a scary story about a ghost hunter.

Author PJ Hodge Presents “The Viaduct (A Ghost Story)”

viaductIt’s that time of year again that with frissons of delight we delve into the dark world of ghosts and goblins. And again we turn to author P J Hodge as he takes us on a tale of trauma and memory in the English countryside. His stories often draw from ancient themes that transcend time and culture, where the dimensions of existence blur between this world and what lies beyond. Continue reading