Archive for September 1st, 2008

Holiday Invite: Ramadan on the Net

Monday, September 1st, 2008

 Greetings & Ahlan wa-Sahlan (Welcome) 

Holidays on the Net is pleased to invite you to our celebration of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. Observed by more than one billion Muslims around the world, Ramadan is a time for spiritual purification through fasting, self-sacrifice and prayer.

Celebrated during the ninth month of Islamic calendar, the fast of Ramadan is observed daily from sunrise to sunset. To learn more about how Muslims commemorate this pinnacle holiday, see our article on the traditions of Ramadan. You can also learn more about Islam, its Prophet Muhammad and its five pillars of the faith (one of which is fasting on Ramadan).

If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, you’ll want to read our article on the sects of Islam. And if you are curious to learn more facts and figures about the Muslim faith and the upcoming celebration of Ramadan, please be sure to read Did You Know?

This year in North American, Ramadan begins on September 01.* The conclusion of Ramadan this year is on October 01, which is marked by Muslims with a special feast called Eid ul-Fitr.

We look forward to seeing you on Holidays on the Net this Ramadan.

Kul ‘am wa enta bi-khair! (May every year find you in good health!)

Holidays on the Net

 

*Ramadan 2008: The first day of Ramadan (fasting) in North America according to sighting, is expected to be September 02. However, according to Saudi Ummul-Qura calendar, Fiqh Council of North America, and European Council for Fatwa and Research, the first day of Ramadan is on Monday, September 01, 2008.

According to a new Fatawa from Deoband, India, the first day of Ramadan in UK will be September 02, because the moon should be easily seen by naked eye. In Pakistan also, sighting will be easy on September 01, and first day of Ramadan will also be September 02.
(source: Moonsighting.com)

 

(September 01) Today we're celebrating . . .  Labor Day

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Labor Day (US)
The first Monday in September is an annual and national tribute to the contributions that US workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the country.

Labor Day is generally observed with parades, speeches, barbecues, and picnics. The day has also become the unofficial end of the summer season with many colleges, secondary and elementary schools beginning classes immediately after the Labor Day weekend.

More info: Labor Day


photo credit: zach.wise via flickr
source: Holidays on the Net – Labor Day

(September 01) Today we're celebrating . . .  Chicken Boy's Birthday

Monday, September 1st, 2008

09012007cb.jpgChicken Boy’s Birthday
I’ve gotta say this is my absolute favorite daily holiday of the year. My admiration for Chicken Boy goes back years and years and years!

And who, or more realistically what, is Chicken Boy you may ask?

Well Shame, shame, shame on you. You cultural Luddite!

The beloved Chicken Boy is a pop cultural icon in Los Angeles. Chicken Boy is a 22-foot-tall statue of a boy with a chicken’s head holding a bucket of chicken.  (and could the folks behind naming September “National Chicken Month” be trying to catch a free ride on the Chicken Boy gravy train? Me thinks maybe!)

Named for the former restaurant that shared his name, Chicken Boy was rescued from destruction by a local graphic design studio. Chicken Boy is also lovingly referred to as the “Statue of Liberty” of Los Angeles.

link: The official Chicken Boy website

Its September and I Feel Fine

Monday, September 1st, 2008

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“Have a good time but remember
There is danger in the summer moon above
Will I see you in September
Or lose you to a summer love”

<Sigh> Our summer flings fun times are now over and its time to get back to the real world. <groan>

And the big celebration this month is back to school. Or at least it is for a lot of parents, who are celebrating big time this month! Why you can almost hear the cheers from here!

Free at last,
Free at last,
Thank G-d almighty,
we’re free at last!

So with the summer behind us, its time to get back into the holiday swing of things. There’s lots going on this month as we start the countdown to the upcoming holiday season!

Among the holidays this month we’ll be observing the celebrations of Labor Day (Sept. 01), the fast of Ramadan (begins Spet. 01), and Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year – begins sundown Sept. 29).

And with all this to look forward too, September begins with our absolute favorite daily holiday of the year – Chicken Boy’s Birthday!! (And isn’t it appropriate that its National Chicken Month!)

While September is the 9th month of the year, it originally was the seventh month. In fact September is named for septem – the number seven.

Days: 30
Birthstone: Sapphire
Flower: Aster
Season: Summer, Fall
Horoscope: Virgo, Libra

 

 

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