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Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom

Season 1 2003 - 2004
TV-G

  • 2003-10-31T22:00:00-07:00
  • 30 mins
  • 6 hours, 30 mins
  • Documentary

Holidays are a time when families like to come together to have a good time with one another and celebrate. In this series, journalist Burt Wolf takes a look at some of the most-popular American holidays -- including Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and Independence Day -- and explains the history of the holidays and the traditions that have come to be associated with the celebrations through the years.

13 episodes

1x01 Thanksgiving

  • Series Premiere

    2003-10-31T22:00:00-07:00 — 30 mins

Why Thanksgiving didn't become a federal holiday until 1941; how the bald eagle became the national bird.

1x02 Hanukkah

  • 2003-11-07T22:00:00-07:00 — 30 mins

The world's largest collection of Hanukkah lamps; potato pancakes and doughnuts; the spinning dreidel.

1x03 Christmas

  • 2003-11-14T22:00:00-07:00 — 30 mins

How the Christmas tree got indoors; what the First Lady does for the holidays; how department stores create their magical windows.

1x04 New Year's

  • 2003-11-19T22:00:00-07:00 — 30 mins

Why the New Year begins on January 1; how noise keeps evil spirits away; why caviar is acceptable to eat on New Year's Eve but not New Year's Day.

1x05 Kwanzaa

  • 2003-11-22T22:00:00-07:00 — 30 mins

A tour of Harlem, N.Y., and the Apollo Theater on amateur night; Abyssinian Church; down-home recipes.

1x06 Chinese New Year

  • 2003-11-26T22:00:00-07:00 — 30 mins

Celebrating Chinese New Year; importance of cleaning the house before the New Year; Kitchen God; dumplings; Lion Dance.

1x07 Valentine's Day

  • 2003-12-03T22:00:00-07:00 — 30 mins

Whether there really was a St. Valentine; how the Egyptians felt about love; the best places to find a Valentine.

1x08 Carnival

  • 2003-12-10T22:00:00-07:00 — 30 mins

Shrovetide; the Reveler's Ball begins the season of Carnival in New Orleans; the society of the Krewe of Comus; pecan pralines.

1x09 Passover

  • 2003-12-17T22:00:00-07:00 — 30 mins

The Jewish holiday of Passover celebrates the liberation of the Jews from slavery in Egypt; Hassidic community; scribe; matzah.

1x10 Easter

  • 2003-12-24T22:00:00-07:00 — 30 mins

Decorating eggs for Easter; Easter eggs created for the Czars of Russia; Fifth Avenue on Easter Sunday.

1x11 Independence Day

  • 2003-12-31T22:00:00-07:00 — 30 mins

A trip to Boston, where the American Revolution began; the site where the Declaration of Independence was first read to Boston citizens.

1x12 End of Ramadan

  • 2004-01-07T22:00:00-07:00 — 30 mins

The Muslim celebration of Ramadan; fasting; the art of henna designs; mosques.

1x13 The Importance of Ritual

  • 2004-01-14T22:00:00-07:00 — 30 mins

How ancient celebrations evolved and changed from their traditional forms once America became free.

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