Reno, Nevada was founded on May 9, 1868. Since gambling was legalized in Nevada in 1931, tourism has been the major industry in Reno, today offering resorts and casinos, among other facilities. As a result of Nevada’s relatively less strict marriage laws, Reno is also well-known as a place where one can get married and divorced quickly.
Despite the national focus on its image as “the biggest little city in the world,” Reno certainly has other aspects of industry to boast of. It serves as a distribution and warehouse center, allows for goods to be stored tax-free, and a variety of products are manufactured and produced in Reno – from concrete to beverage dispensers to clothing accessories. To learn more about Reno, head over to the Reno Topic Page.
U.S. a nationwide observance of Mother’s Day was suggested by Anna Jarvis of Grafton, W.Va., and in 1908 formal observances were held in churches in Grafton and Philadelphia. By 1911 every state celebrated the occasion on the second Sunday in May. It was formalized by Congress in 1914. In Britain, Mother’s Day is celebrated in mid-Lent as Mothering Sunday. During the Middle Ages a custom developed of allowing those who had moved away to visit their home parishes and their mothers on Laetare Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Lent. Many other countries also celebrate the holiday on this date, while some mark the observance at other times of the year.
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Today’s featured Topic Page is about St. Valentine’s day, a celebration of love which honors Saint Valentine, the patron saint of lovers. St. Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated almost universally on February 14th and is often associated with images of cherubs, hearts, and lovers. The holiday is based off an ancient ceremony through which couples were originally paired off. To learn more about the traditional celebration of St. Valentine’s Day and find out the back story of the holiday’s patron saint, in Credo Reference visit the St. Valentine’s Day Topic Page!
St. Valentine’s Day has inspired many people to express their love in a variety of ways. Some go all out with a grand wedding on the holiday, holding the actual ceremony of their union underwater! Others organize group events such as kiss-ins and hug-ins. A South African high school, for example, ran a hug-in in 2002 which had more than 1,000 students and teachers attend. Current traditions for St. Valentine’s Day involve exchanging cards, giving gifts or writing love poems but the celebration was stared with very different customs. Visit the Topic Page on the subject and learn about full history of the holiday or read an excerpt about it below:
… Part of the ancient ceremony entailed putting girls’ names in a box and letting the boys draw them out. Couples would thus be paired off until the following year. The Church substituted saints’ names for girls’ names, in the hope that the participant would model his life after the saint whose name he drew…