Ringing in the New Year Around the World

Champagne toasts, kisses at midnight, strains of “Auld Lang Syne.” This December 31, our gatherings and celebrations are going to be looking a little different, a little more intimate. But they don’t have to be boring or same old, same old. Why not spice up traditional festivities by borrowing inspiration from time-honored rituals for ringing in the New Year around the world? They’re easy to weave into your celebration without ...

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Updating Passover Traditions

Passover this year, likely celebrated virtually with far flung relatives, will still be steeped in traditions old and new. Like, when I was growing up, I always knew that spring (and Passover) was in the air. There were the warming temperatures and blooming forsythias lining the houses of our suburban Long Island neighborhood. And the Passover preparations  began. Windows got washed. The Maxwell House Haggadahs (the book that tells the ...

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