Archive for February, 2007

Invite: Mardi Gras

Monday, February 19th, 2007

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Holidays on the Net invites you to our Mardi Gras party at "Mardi Gras on the Net."

Mardi Gras is a traditional holiday celebrated in many
of the southern states of the USA. The most famous celebration
takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is celebrated with
parades, “beads, doubloons, and trinkets”, masquerade balls and
King Cakes.

So join Holidays on the Net as we share this holiday
with you. We have the history behind Mardi Gras, pictures of
floats, crafts, coloring sheets, books, and a recipe to make
your own “King Cake”!

This year Mardi Gras is celebrated Tuesday, February 20th.

Mardi Gras on the Net

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(Feb.19) Today we're celebrating. . . President's Day

Monday, February 19th, 2007

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President’s Day
While originally intended to celebrate the birthday of the first US President, George Washington, the holiday has morphed into a general celebration of all past US Presidents.

With the passage of the Monday Holiday Law (1968), the federal celebration of George Washington’s birthday moved from its actual date, February 22nd, to the 3rd Monday of February. The celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birth (February 12th) while no longer observed as a federal holiday is also customarily celebrated on President’s Day.

link: President’s Day

(Feb.19) Today we're also celebrating. . . Spunky Old Broads Day

Monday, February 19th, 2007

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Spunky Old Broads Day
Celebrating and honoring all those “old broads” over the age of 50. . . 
 

Remember age doesn’t matter unless you’re a cheese

President's Day 2007 – 275th Anniversary of the Birth of George Washington – A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

Monday, February 19th, 2007

Here is the 2007 President’s Day – 275th Anniversary of the Birth of George Washington Presidential Proclamation released by The White House.

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NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim February 22, 2007, as the 275th Anniversary of the Birth of George Washington. I encourage all Americans to join me in honoring the Father of our Country with appropriate civic and service programs and activities in remembrance of George Washington and with gratitude for all he gave for his country.

link: Full Proclamation text

(Feb.18) Today we're celebrating. . . Chinese New Year

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

Chinese New Year
Gung Hay Fat Choy! The first day of the Chinese lunar calendar is a very important holiday to the Chinese people. It is celebrated worldwide, wherever there are large Chinese populations, with food,  festivities, fireworks, and parades. 

There are 12 cycles to the Chinese lunar calendar, each represented by an animal. This year is the year of the Boar(pig), and it is said that those born during the year will be happy and honest.

It is common to give red packets to children during this period of celebration. The red envelopes contain money, which should be of an even number (as odd numbers are associated with money given during funerals).

And for your enjoyment here is a short video of the Chinese New Years parade in New York City’s Chinatown last year (2006). This will give you a brief flavor of the festivities and fun.

(Feb.17) Today we're celebrating. . . My Way Day

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

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I’ve lived a life that’s full.
I’ve traveled each and every highway;
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way
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Cast off others opinions of yourself and show’em that you’ll do it Frankie’s way; you’ll do it ”My Way!”

(Feb.16) Today we're celebrating. . . Great Backyard Bird Count

Friday, February 16th, 2007

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Great Backyard Bird Count (Feb.16-19)
Celebrating birds, birding, and nature this weekend. Join volunteers nationwide as they track the types and number of birds found in their backyards and communities.

We are encouraging people to go outside and count birds for the first time this year,” . . . “By submitting their counts online, birdwatchers can quickly see how the dots they put on the map form new patterns that tell new stories about the birds that share the world in which we live, including our own backyards and parks.”

link: Great Backyard Bird Count

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