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History

Why the Puritans cracked down on celebrating Christmas

‘Going To Church,’ N.C. Wyeth (1941). Archival photograph, Brandywine River Museum library, Edward J. S. Seal Collection. Peter C. Mancall, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences When winter cold settles in across the U.S., the alleged “War on Christmas” heats up. In recent years, department store greeters and Starbucks cups have sparked furor

International

Very different, symbolic hajj in Saudi Arabia amid virus

Muslim pilgrims, donning face masks and moving in small groups after days in isolation, began arriving at Islam’s holiest site in Mecca on Wednesday for the start of a historically unique and scaled-down hajj experience reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic. The hajj is one of Islam’s most important requirements, performed once in a lifetime. It

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