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Great Moments in Travel History – May 2022

May, the fifth month in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars is typically the epitome of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and of autumn in the Southern. May Day, typically celebrated on May 1, is an ancient Northern Hemisphere spring festival that celebrates the season. It is also a public holiday in many countries, in most cases referred to as Labour Day or International Workers’ Day, and intended to commemorate …

Great Moments in Travel History – April 2022

April, the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar,is commonly associated with spring and rain, as in the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” The month is also associated with two major religious holidays that result in one of the busiest travel seasons of the year, namely Passover and Easter, although either may occasionally show up in March.
April, or Aprilis in Latin, is the first month of the …

Great Moments in Travel History – March 2022

March, the third month of the year, is the month when, two years ago, the World Health Organization proclaimed on March 11, 2020 that the novel coronavirus was now a pandemic. The travel industry just two years ago began to reel from the impact of the pandemic as major hotel chains shut down thousands of properties, banks closed an equal number of branches, airlines reduced schedules by up to 50%, …

Great Moments in Travel History – February 2022

February is the shortest month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars, and has 28 days in common years – that is years with 365 days – and 29 days in leap years, such the year 2020.  It is also the month of love, as Valentine’s Day falls exactly in the middle of the month.
The month’s name, February, is a divisive issue when it comes to pronunciation, …

Great Moments in Travel History – January 2022

January is the first month of the year in most of the world’s calendars, and is also the coldest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the warmest in the Southern.  The origin of its name is in dispute: Some scholars believe that January is named after Janus, the god of beginnings and time, while others believe that January is named after janua, the Latin word for door, …

Friday is New Year’s Eve, Saturday is New Year’s Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

Tomorrow, Friday, is New Year’s Eve, or Silvester,  around the world and Saturday is New Year’s Day, the first day of the new year on both the Gregorian as well as the Julian calendars.
Since the holiday falls on a Saturday, many government agencies and private companies will observe it on the preceding Friday.
In ancient Rome, the first of the year was dedicated to Janus, the god of beginnings and time, …

Friday is Christmas Eve, Saturday is Christmas Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

Saturday is Christmas, a holiday that once again will marked by smaller celebrations in order to keep friends and family safe from the coronavirus.  While people in English-speaking countries greet one another with Happy or Merry Christmas, the greeting in Austria and Germany is Frohe Weihnachten, and in France it is Joyeux Noël.  Meanwhile, the holiday is a religious and cultural celebration for billions of people.
In addition to Christmas Day …