5 Popular Mardi Gras Traditions Unmasked

Since the early 18th century, Mardi Gras in New Orleans has evolved into one of the the biggest celebrations in the US. It’s steeped in rich traditions that many of us know little about. With this Tuesday being the big day, we thought we’d unmask (haha) a few of the most popular ones. Reston may be miles away from New Orleans,…

February 16, 2015

Rosh Hashanah: Beyond Apples & Honey

Rosh Hashanah began last night at sundown and many people have asked me about some of the traditions of the holiday. Generally, people know that it’s the Jewish New Year and that we eat certain foods like apples and honey. But most don’t know about the ritual of Tashlich – the symbolic casting away of…

September 25, 2014