Archive for April 1st, 2009

Did You Know? Countdown to April 2009 (04/01)

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

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Did You Know?
It’s April!

April 01

Did you know that April Fools Day may have begun in France?

While some historians disagree, the most popular theory about the origins of this day for pranks and practical jokes is that it began in the 1500s in France, when the start of the New Year was moved from March to January. Word of the move traveled slowly to the rural dwellers, who continued to celebrate the New Year in April, earning them the title of “April fools”.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Easter 2009 (04/01)

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Easter

April 01 : 11 days till Easter

Did you know that the most popular Easter confection is Marshmallow Peeps?

More than 700 million of these chick, bunny and egg-shaped marshmallows are purchased every year. A meager 90 million chocolate bunnies are consumed. At peak production, over four million Marshmallow Peeps can be made each day.

Easter is the time of springtime festivals, a time to welcome back the Tulips, the Crocuses and the Daffodils. A time for Christians to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Christ. And a time of chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and colored eggs!

So join our Easter festivities as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Easter on April 12th!

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Did You Know? Countdown to Passover 2009 (04/01)

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore about the Jewish Holiday of Passover

April 01 : 07 days till 1st night Passover

Did you know that making matzah must be strictly timed?

No more than 18 minutes may pass from the time that the flour and water are mixed together until the time that the matzah is completely baked. If the process takes longer than 18 minutes, the matzah is not deemed Kosher for Passover.

Did you know that Kosher for Passover refers to foods free of chametz? In order to earn the Kosher for Passover label, packaged foods must be certified by a rabbi.

Spring has arrived and with it comes the eight-day Jewish holiday of freedom. It’s time to clean out your chametz, open up a box of matzah and set up for your seder. So join our Passover festivities to learn all about this pinnacle holiday in the Jewish calendar.

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to the first night of Passover on April 08th (begins at sundown)! So stop by again tomorrow.

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(April 01) Today we're celebrating . . .  April Fool's Day

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009


April Fool’s Day
The ultimate holiday for practical pranksters, April 1st actually used to be the New Year’s Day. In 1564 the New Year changed to January 1st, and those silly individuals who insisted on celebrating the “old” day became known as April fools.

Holiday Invite: Easter on the Net

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

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Happy Easter!

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to hop on over to our Easter celebration, Easter on the Net.

Our newly expanded Easter section has everything you could possibly want to know about this pinnacle holiday in the Christian religion. From an overview of Easter and the holiday’s historical origins to an explanation of the 40-day Lenten Season, including the holidays of Palm Sunday and Good Friday.

Have you ever wondered how Easter is celebrated in the Holy Land? Or what traditions are practiced by the Russian Orthodox and Greek Orthodox communities? Speaking of which, do you know why there are two different dates for Easter — one celebrated by Western churches, the other by Eastern Orthodox churches?  

Perhaps you think you know already all there is to know about Easter! Like where the custom of hunting for Easter eggs comes from. And why the bunny rabbit is a symbol of Easter. Or how the Easter lily became associated with this springtime holiday. And just why we eat so much chocolate and marshmallowy candy at Easter time. You can brush up on the answers to these questions and more in our newest trivia feature: Did You Know Easter?

Do you have young children at home? Help them get ready for the Easter holiday by sending an email to the Easter bunny (every child will receive a personalized message in return!) or by enjoying one of our age-appropriate Easter crafts and coloring pages. We also have tips for hosting the perfect Easter egg hunt, cooking up a mouth-watering Easter menu and organizing a round of Easter egg games. We even have step-by-step instructions for making your own Easter egg baskets.

Finally, don’t forget to wish your family and friends a Happy, Hoppy Easter by sending one of our free Easter e-cards.

This year, the moveable feast of Easter will be celebrated on Sunday, April 12, 2009. The Eastern Orthodox churches will enjoy their Easter celebrations a week later, on Sunday, April 19. We look forward to sharing our celebrations with you and your family.

Happy holidays!

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