Holidays

Eva Pölöskey, of Accent Chocolates on Main Street in Penticton, has been as busy as the Easter bunny hand crafting special chocolate Easter eggs. (Black Press file photo)

QUIZ: How much do you know about Easter?

Put your knowledge to the test with these 12 questions

 

For some, St. Patrick’s Day is a time for tea, while others will prefer to raise a pint of beer in honour of the day. (Submitted)

QUIZ: How much do you know about St. Patrick’s Day?

March 17 is the day to honour Ireland’s patron saint and Irish culture

 

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10 unique and romantic movies to watch on Valentine’s Day

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Amanita muscaria mushrooms are linked closely with many holiday traditions, says an anthropology instructor at Camosun College. (Pixabay)

A look at mushrooms and their link to several holiday traditions

Anthropology instructor says ancient cultural traditions can be found in unexpected places

Amanita muscaria mushrooms are linked closely with many holiday traditions, says an anthropology instructor at Camosun College. (Pixabay)
People wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 walk past a Christmas display in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? What about eggnog – yay or nay?

On the plus side, more Canadians expecting the holidays to be less stressful than last year

People wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 walk past a Christmas display in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Rainbow Kitchen volunteer Bonnie prepares Dec. 8's meals. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Esquimalt food bank straining under unprecedented, pandemic-fueled ‘tidal wave’

Victoria’s Rainbow Kitchen is seeing new clients every day, including those who used to donate

Rainbow Kitchen volunteer Bonnie prepares Dec. 8's meals. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Santa visited Ucluelet on Dec. 11 and continues to to roar through the West Coast during his busiest time of year with a scheduled tour through Tofino with the volunteer fire department on Saturday, Dec. 18. (Jen McLeod photo)

UPDATE: Gloomy weather forecast postpones Santa’s Tofino visit to Sunday

Tofino Volunteer Fire Department will parade Jolly Old St. Nicholas through town on Dec. 19

Santa visited Ucluelet on Dec. 11 and continues to to roar through the West Coast during his busiest time of year with a scheduled tour through Tofino with the volunteer fire department on Saturday, Dec. 18. (Jen McLeod photo)
The Food Bank on the Edge Society cheered another successful Stuff the Cruiser event on Saturday afternoon in partnership with the Ucluelet RCMP. Const. Mike Moore, food bank executive director Cris Martin and auxiliary constable Kevin Cortes were all smiles as they collected donations outside the Ucluelet Co-op. A Stuff the Cruiser donation drive is scheduled at the Tofino Co-op this Saturday. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Christmas hamper donations underway in Tofino

COVID-19 restrictions have cancelled Fish and Loaves’ annual Christmas dinner

The Food Bank on the Edge Society cheered another successful Stuff the Cruiser event on Saturday afternoon in partnership with the Ucluelet RCMP. Const. Mike Moore, food bank executive director Cris Martin and auxiliary constable Kevin Cortes were all smiles as they collected donations outside the Ucluelet Co-op. A Stuff the Cruiser donation drive is scheduled at the Tofino Co-op this Saturday. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Judy Gray’s Mid-Island RE/MAX Realty team are helping connect local kids in need with willing ‘Secret Santas’ through their Angel Tree program. Residents are encouraged to help bring joy to Christmas mornings by picking up an angel from the tree at the local RE/MAX office,<tcxspan tcxhref="1091917" title="Call 109-1917 via 3CX"> 109-1917 </tcxspan>Peninsula Rd, (Andrew Bailey photo)

Holiday season wraps Ucluelet in giving spirit

Food Bank on the Edge Society’s Christmas Hamper program underway as COVID-19 increases need

Judy Gray’s Mid-Island RE/MAX Realty team are helping connect local kids in need with willing ‘Secret Santas’ through their Angel Tree program. Residents are encouraged to help bring joy to Christmas mornings by picking up an angel from the tree at the local RE/MAX office,<tcxspan tcxhref="1091917" title="Call 109-1917 via 3CX"> 109-1917 </tcxspan>Peninsula Rd, (Andrew Bailey photo)
Seattle novelty company Archie McPhee is selling mac and cheese candy canes this year. (Archie McPhee)

Candy canes re-imagined: Twist on holiday treat may not delight all tastebuds

Flavour profiles expanded to include sardine, kale and hot dog

Seattle novelty company Archie McPhee is selling mac and cheese candy canes this year. (Archie McPhee)
A yuletide showing of eight maids-a-milking at a past Butchart Gardens Magic of Christmas display. American-based PNC Christmas Price Index explores the cost of the items in the popular song, The 12 Days of Christmas, with eight maids-a-milking coming in with a price tag of $58. (Black Press Media file photo)

12 Days of Christmas comes with hefty price tag as inflation drives up costs

8 maids-a-milking the lowest-priced item on the list at $58

A yuletide showing of eight maids-a-milking at a past Butchart Gardens Magic of Christmas display. American-based PNC Christmas Price Index explores the cost of the items in the popular song, The 12 Days of Christmas, with eight maids-a-milking coming in with a price tag of $58. (Black Press Media file photo)
Zane Nilson of Ukee Dogs is expecting a busy night of festive revelry during Ucluelet’s Midnight Madness event on Nov. 26. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Holiday season arrives on West Coast as Ucluelet shops prepare for late night shopping spree

The town’s annual Midnight Madness festivities will light up the night on Nov 26

Zane Nilson of Ukee Dogs is expecting a busy night of festive revelry during Ucluelet’s Midnight Madness event on Nov. 26. (Andrew Bailey photo)
FILE - Lights illuminate the Christmas market in Frankfurt, Germany, Nov. 22, 2021. Despite the pandemic inconveniences, stall owners selling ornaments, roasted chestnuts and other holiday-themed items in Frankfurt and other European cities are relieved to be open at all for their first Christmas market in two years, especially with new restrictions taking effect in Germany, Austria and other countries as COVID-19 infections hit record highs. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

Europe’s Christmas markets warily open as COVID cases rise

Despite inconveniences, stall owners relieved for their first Christmas market in two years

FILE - Lights illuminate the Christmas market in Frankfurt, Germany, Nov. 22, 2021. Despite the pandemic inconveniences, stall owners selling ornaments, roasted chestnuts and other holiday-themed items in Frankfurt and other European cities are relieved to be open at all for their first Christmas market in two years, especially with new restrictions taking effect in Germany, Austria and other countries as COVID-19 infections hit record highs. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)
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POLL: Have you started your holiday shopping yet?

Holiday shopping season arrives in Tofino-Ucluelet

  • Nov 21, 2021
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Canada Post continues its tradition of releasing new holiday-themed stamps in 2021. (Photo by Canada Post)

‘Tis the Season: Canada Post unveils latest holiday-themed stamps

The holiday stamps feature three recognizable characters — Santa, a reindeer and an elf

Canada Post continues its tradition of releasing new holiday-themed stamps in 2021. (Photo by Canada Post)
Christiane Coopman, a 73-year-old blood cancer patient in Chilliwack, B.C., and her husband Murry who suffers from melanoma, both received booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine two weeks ago. HO-Cristiane Coopman / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Third-dose Thanksgiving: immunocompromised guests still wary of gatherings

Many immunocompromised Canadians deciding to forego or modify their traditional Thanksgiving plans

Christiane Coopman, a 73-year-old blood cancer patient in Chilliwack, B.C., and her husband Murry who suffers from melanoma, both received booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine two weeks ago. HO-Cristiane Coopman / THE CANADIAN PRESS
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Keep Thanksgiving dinner small and vaccinated, Dr. Henry urges

Hundreds of new COVID cases continue to be reported each day

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People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
From left, Food Bank on the Edge volunteers Barbara Millar, Laurie Bird and Annie Goertzen celebrated a heartwarming donation of 20 Easter baskets put together by local kids Percy Udell, Daphne Hurwitz and Kesler Taron alongside the food bank’s executive director Cris Martin. (Andrew Bailey photo)

POLL QUESTION: Are you doing something special for Easter?

Easter has arrived in Tofino-Ucluelet.

  • Apr 4, 2021
From left, Food Bank on the Edge volunteers Barbara Millar, Laurie Bird and Annie Goertzen celebrated a heartwarming donation of 20 Easter baskets put together by local kids Percy Udell, Daphne Hurwitz and Kesler Taron alongside the food bank’s executive director Cris Martin. (Andrew Bailey photo)