Archive for March, 2008

(March 24) Today we're celebrating . . .  Smigus Dyngus / Dyngus Day / Wet Monday / Easter Monday

Monday, March 24th, 2008

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
photo credit: klbndc via flickr

(March 23) Today we're celebrating . . .  Easter Sunday

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

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Easter (Christian)
Celebrating 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!

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Holiday Invite: Easter on the Net

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

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Happy Easter!

A time for both solemn reflection and joyful celebration, Easter is the most significant experience in the Christian belief system.

Join our Easter festivities at Holidays on the Net to learn all about this pinnacle spring-time holiday. Read about how this once pagan fertility festival became the most important Christian holiday, the significance of the Lenten Season and the unique traditions of Eastern Orthodox Christians.

Of course, at Holidays on the Net, we know that Easter wouldn’t be Easter without that lovable Easter bunny (here, here, and here), the Easter egg (and here), Easter egg hunt, Easter lilies and everybody’s favorite candy, Peeps. So, we’ve also got plenty of fun facts about the lighter side of Easter, too!

And if you’ve got kids, then you’ll definitely want to check out our craft project suggestions and Easter coloring pictures at our fun Easter crafts page.

Looking for last minute holiday recipes? We’ve got a great selection at our Easter recipe page. And there’s still time to send Easter greeting with our selection of free holiday ecards.

Easter 2008 will be celebrated on Sunday March 23, 2008. Greek and Russian Orthodox Christians will celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 27, 2008.

We look forward to celebrating together!

Happy Holidays,
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(March 22) Today we're observing . . .  Easter Even

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

Easter Even / Holy Saturday / The Great Sabbath (Christian)
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

Invite: Purim on the Net

Friday, March 21st, 2008

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Happy Purim!
Purim Sameach!

The most joyful day in the Jewish calendar is upon us. So get out your groggers and let’s make some noise!

Join our Purim on the Net festivities at Holidays on the Net. Visit us to learn more about the story of Purim, the bravery of Queen Esther and her uncle Mordechai (and the wicked plotting of Haman), the special mitzvot (commandments) for Purim celebrants, and even how Israelis are celebrating Purim this year.

Of course, no party would be complete without the treats! We’ve got it covered – from out-of-this-world hamantashen recipes to how-to’s for your mishloach manot (Purim food baskets). And if you’ve got kids, then you’ll definitely want to check out our no-sew costume suggestions and fun Purim crafts page.

Purim 2008 began at sundown last night, Thursday, March 20th.

We look forward to celebrating together!

Happy Holidays,


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(March 21) Today we're observing . . .  Good Friday

Friday, March 21st, 2008

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Good Friday (Christian)
The Friday before Easter, commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Among some sects of Christianity and in many countries today is a day of fasting.

In Dutch the day is called “Goede Vrijdag”, which can literally be translated as “Good Friday”. In Israel, Good Friday is known as “Big Friday.” In Germany it is “Karfreitag”, an Old German word meaning “Friday of lamentation”, although this meaning is not obvious to speakers of modern German. In Malta, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, the Republic of Macedonia (and in the Eastern Orthodox Church generally) the day is called Great Friday. In Armenia it is called “High Friday (Ô±Õ¾Õ¡Õ£ ÕˆÖ‚Ö€Õ¢Õ¡Õ©)”. In Russia they call it “Passion Friday (Strastnaja Pjatnitsa)”. In Latin America, Spain, France, Italy and Portugal the day is called “Holy Friday”; in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Faroe Islands and Iceland it is “Long Friday”. In Portuguese language it is called “Sexta-Feira Santa” meaning “Holy Friday” while the day is named “Mahal na Araw” or Biyernes Santo”(Holy Friday) in the Philippines.*

* source: wikipedia – Good Friday

(March 21) Today we're still celebrating . . .  Purim

Friday, March 21st, 2008
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Purim
Visit our Purim celebration Purim on the Net for more information.  

Visit for stories of Queen Esther, King Ahasuerus, Mordechai, and Haman, we’ve got graggers to spin, masks to print and color, costumes to make, and Hamantashan to bake!

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