By Akilah James
Ramadan – the holiest month for Muslims around the world - is upon us. Every year, Muslims partake in a period of fasting and spiritual growth as a part of the five pillars of Islam. However, with strict rules put in place to limit the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 disease, many of Ramadan’s rituals and festivities will be differently this year, again.
By Aaron Zaretsky
The evolution of Groundhog Day began as an ancient Irish festival called Imbolc which is the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. The festival commences from February 1st through sundown February 2nd and signals the season of new birth and light on the horizon.
But just how long would it take? We needed a prediction!
By Aaron Zaretsky
A snowman is a symbol of the holidays with a storied history. For example, a 19-year-old Michelangelo in 1494 sculpt a snowman in his mansion’s courtyard History of the Snowman. But, did you know that there is a Canadian snowman? Bonhomme Carnaval is Québec’s winter carnival snowman ambassador. Below is a brief history of Bonhomme, where it came from, and the impact on Québec.
By Yulia Fedorov
A woman’s inability to conceive a child is a heavy subject that few choose to discuss openly. Shrouded in mystery and tainted with ‘shame’, it’s a topic of discussion that has historically remained behind closed doors, or within the confines of online anonymous support groups.
By Nabeela Damji
Toronto based novelist Ray Robertson’s 1979 is a novel based on a true story about a 13-year-old boy’s coming of age story, in the small Canadian town of Chatham, Ontario. Author Ray Robertson chose the year 1979 and his hometown, as the set of this novel saying that 1979 was an interesting time in Chatham. This is because 1979 was the year leading up to the recession of the 80’s that led to the demise of good paying factory jobs for many working-class people.
By Tiffany Trinh
If you’re on social media, odds are you’ve seen numerous veganism posts, where vegan lifestyles have been greatly advocated. Many, who are health or fitness conscious, have been considering making the diet switch, especially with so many celebrities going vegan.