Archive for April, 2007

(April 11) Today we're celebrating. . . Barbershop Quartet Day

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Barbershop Quartet Day

…barbershop harmony is a style of unaccompanied singing with three voices harmonizing to the melody. The lead usually sings the melody, with the tenor harmonizing above the lead. The bass sings the lowest harmonizing notes and the baritone provides in-between notes, either above or below the lead to make chords (specifically, dominant-type or "barbershop" sevenths) that give barbershop its distinctive, "full" sound*

I’m not quite sure if this video clip qualifies as a "Barbershop Quartet," but this is just too amazing not to feature! Enjoy!

*source: Barbershop Harmony Society

(April 10) Today we're celebrating. . . Safety Pin Day

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

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Celebrating the anniversary of the Safety Pin’s patent.

(April 09) Today we're celebrating. . . Smigus Dyngus / Dyngus Day / Wet Monday / Easter Monday

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Smigus Dyngus / Dyngus Day / Wet Monday / Easter Monday
After Easter events include egg rolling competitions (ex. White House Easter Egg Roll) and, in many Catholic countries, dousing other people with holy water blessed the day before at Easter Sunday Mass.

In the United States, Dyngus Day celebrations are widespread and popular in Buffalo, New York and South Bend, Indiana. In Buffalo’s eastern suburbs, Dyngus Day is celebrated with a level of enthusiasm that rivals St. Patrick’s Day. Common tradition is to buy pussy willow (Salix discolor) to display in the home; this is tied to the “striking” custom from Poland, where goat willow, the European type of pussy willow, was traditionally used for whipping the legs of girls. In South Bend, the day is often used to launch the year’s political campaign season (particularly among Democrats)- often from within the West-Side Democratic Club, the Falcons Club or in local pubs, where buying drinks is favored over handshaking.

Starting in 2004, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana began celebrating Dyngus Day at the request of South Bend students. The event includes free Polish sausage for students as well as a free concert. This year they will celebrate a “Belated Dyngus Day” the following Monday since Easter Monday falls during a vacation week for students. Wet Monday is also celebrated at Jonathan Edwards College, one of the residential colleges at Yale University, when each year the freshman class storms the college with water weapons, where upperclassmen are ready to defend the college and ensure no one goes home dry.

For Easter Monday in Hungary, perfume or perfumed-water is used. The girls would reward the boys who sprinkle with coins or Easter eggs.*

*source: wikipedia – Easter Monday

(April 08) Today we're celebrating. . . Easter

Sunday, April 8th, 2007

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Easter (Christian, Orthodox)
Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, whose death was observed on Good Friday. One of the most important days of the Christian calendar.

Easter is also the time for chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and colored eggs!

Join us for our Easter celebration – Easter on the Net

Invite: Easter on the Net

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

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Easter on the Net

Holidays on the Net invites you to our holiday celebration – Easter on the Net.

Visitors will find a “Hoppy” Celebration of Easter with bright and colorful holiday graphics and animation, along with pages of information about the history, customs, music and food of the holiday.

For the kids there are holiday pictures to print and color. Send your family and friends holiday greetings with our FREE e-greeting cards. This year Easter is celebrated Sunday April 08th. (Greek/Orthodox Easter will also be celebrated Sunday, April 08th)

Easter on the Net

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(April 07) Today we're observing. . . Easter Even

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

Easter Even / Holy Saturday / The Great Sabbath (Christian, Orthodox)
The Saturday before Easter and last day of Holy Week.

In Roman Catholic Churches, the altar is either stripped completely bare or coloured in violet, while the administration of the sacraments is severely limited. Holy Communion is given only as Viaticum. All Masses are strictly prohibited. No Mass at all appears in the liturgy for this day, nor for the preceding day, Good Friday. Many of the churches of the Anglican Communion observe most of the same traditions, however their altars are usually stripped or coloured in black.*

* source: wikipedia – Holy Saturday

"C'Mon Get Happy"

Friday, April 6th, 2007

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I’m not sure what it is, but when I see this picture of the Peepmoblie I just have the urge to start singing the theme song of that other cool bus – The Partridge Family’s “C’Mon Get Happy“!

Maybe its the soft gooey marshmallow inside and that sweet, sticky goodness outside that does it. And those Peeps ain’t bad either! :)

I mean, its not Easter without some Peeps! And have you seen the new Green Peeps? Just in time for spring.

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