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Did You Know? Countdown to Mardi Gras 2009 (02/22)

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore About Mardi Gras

February 22 : 02 days till Mardi Gras

Did you know that the ever-popular beaded necklaces, so ubiquitously associated with Mardi Gras today, didn’t come into play until the 1880s? That’s when one of the Krewes dressed up a member as Santa Claus and had him toss out glass beads. It was such a hit that by 1900, beaded necklaces had become the Mardi Gras throw.

Somewhere along the way, those lovely glass beads got replaced by cheap plastic and aluminum beads, which today earn the thrower a flash (of flesh). That particular “trading” tradition most likely dates back to the 1970s.

While Mardi Gras is celebrated throughout the southern US, it is most often identified with New Orleans, where it is celebrated with masquerade balls, King Cakes, and parades.

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to February 24th! So stop by again tomorrow or for those with no patience you can visit our Mardi Gras celebration for our list of Did You Know? Mardi Gras facts.

(February 22) Today we're celebrating . . .  Shrovetide

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Shrovetide
The three days of fun and festivities leading up to Ash Wednesday and Lent.

Individually known as Shrove Sunday, Shrove Monday, and Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras).

photo credit: via flickr

(February 22) Today we're celebrating . . .  George Washington’s Birthday

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

George Washington’s Birthday
The first President* of the United States of America. Washington is considered by many scholars and historians to be one of the country’s greatest Presidents.

 *Did you know that George Washington, according to some historical accounting, was actually the eighth president of the United States, and not the first president?

Washington was sworn in as President on April 30, 1789 at the age of 57. He was the first president elected after the passage of the U.S. Constitution in 1788. From 1781 to 1788, however, the United States had been governed by a document known as the “Articles of Confederation,” which set out that there should be one house of Congress without an executive branch.

During that eight-year time period, Congress elected its own president. The first Congressional president was John Hanson, who served a two-year term. Hanson was succeeded by six other Congressional presidents, causing some historians to argue that George Washington was in fact the eighth president of the United States.

 

    source: USA4kids – George Washington
photo credit: Wikipedia

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