Archive for December, 2008

(December 29) Today we're celebrating. . .  The 4th Day of Kwanzaa

Monday, December 29th, 2008

The 4th Day of Kwanzaa
The 4th day of a week long festival celebrating the African American people, their culture and their history.

On the fourth day the black candle is lit, then the farthest left red, the farthest right green. And then the next red candle on the left. This represents the 4th principle of Kwanzaa – Ujamaa (oo-jah-MAH): Collective economics.

source: Kwanzaa on the Net – Seven Days of Celebration

Tonight is the 8th and Final Night of Chanukah (12/28/08)

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

A Chanukah Video Highlight

"Chinese Food on Christmas
by Brandon Harris Walker
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December 28, 2008: The 8th and Final Night of Chanukah

Remember – Chanukah might be ending but you can check out our Chanukah Video page for past video highlights.

(December 28) Tonight we're observing. . .  Muharram 1

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Muharram 1 (Begins at sundown – Islamic New Year)
Tonight marks the beginning of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar. Considered the second most holy month, after Ramadan, the name of the month Muharram is derived from the word haram, which means forbidden, indicating that fighting is forbidden during this month.

(December 28) Today we're celebrating. . .  Pledge of Allegiance Day

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Pledge of Allegiance Day
On this day in 1945, the U.S. Congress recognized the Pledge of Allegiance and urged its recitation in American schools.

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God*, indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for all.

*Did you know that “under God” was added in the 1950′s? More info: The Pledge of Allegiance (Independence Day on the Net)

(December 28) Today we're celebrating. . .  The 3rd Day of Kwanzaa

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

The 3rd Day of Kwanzaa
The 3rd day of a week long festival celebrating the African American people, their culture and their history.

On the third day the black candle is lit, then the farthest left red, and then the farthest right green candle. This represents the 3rd principle of Kwanzaa – Ujima (oo-JEE-mah): Collective work and responsibility.

source: Kwanzaa on the Net – Seven Days of Celebration

Tonight is the 7th Night of Chanukah (12/27/08)

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

A Chanukah Video Highlight

"Kenny Ellis – Swingin’ Dreidel"

December 27, 2008: The 7th Night of Chanukah

Remember – You can check out a new holiday video each day right here or check out our Chanukah Video page for past video highlights.

Holiday Invite: Kwanzaa on the Net

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Kwanzaa yenu iwe na heri! Happy Kwanzaa!

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to join our Kwanzaa celebrations. This week-long festival honoring African American culture and history begins on December 26th and continues through New Year’s Day.

Come learn the story of Kwanzaa, a relatively new holiday that started in the 1960s and today is celebrated by 18 million Americans. Read about the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa and learn how these principles are evoked in African American homes during the week of Kwanzaa. Discover the meaning of the Kinara, a seven-branched candelabra lit throughout the week of Kwanzaa.

Do you know which Swahili expression the name Kwanzaa comes from? Learn the answer to this and many other Kwanzaa tidbits at our article entitled Did You Know? The Kwanzaa Edition.

Finally, be sure to check out our extensive collection of Kwanzaa crafts, recipes and other holiday goodies. We also hope you will send a free Kwanzaa e-card to friends and family.

We look forward to sharing our feast of Kwanzaa festivities with you over at Holidays on the Net.

Happy Kwanzaa from our family to yours!

 

 

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