Archive for April 4th, 2009

(April 04) Today we're observing . . .  Victims of Violence Wholly Day

Saturday, April 4th, 2009


Victims of Violence Wholly Day
One of three Days of Respect, today marks the anniversary of the assassination of Rev Dr. Martin Luther King. On Victims of Violence Wholly Day, programs are dedicated to visually affirming the principles of non-violence as preached by Dr. King.

The Days of Respect (ne Emancipation Days of Respect) are Humanitarian Day (January 15th – MLK’s Birthday), Victims of Violence Wholly Day (April 4th – Anniversary of MLK’s death) and Dream Day Quest and Jubilee (August 28th – Anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech)

 

Martin Luther King Jr., Day on the Net

photo credit: beckerpecker via flickr

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

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

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

April 04 : 04 days till 1st night Passover

Did you know that the centerpiece of the Passover Seder is the Seder plate?

This special plate contains five symbolic foods, which remind participants of the bitterness of slavery and the exaltation of exile.

Haroset/Charoset is a mixture of walnuts, apple, cinnamon and red wine that symbolizes the mortar used by Jewish slaves who laid Pharaoh’s bricks
Beitzah or egg is a symbol of rebirth

Zroa is the shank bone, which represents the sacrificial lamb offering

Karpas is a symbol of spring, usually represented by celery or parsley; the karpas is dipped in salt water to symbolize the tears of the Jewish slaves.

Maror or bitter herbs, most typically grated horseradish, represents the bitterness of slavery

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

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Easter

April 04 : 08 days till Easter

Did you know that Ash Wednesday gets its name from the practice of wearing ashes (in the sign of a cross) on the forehead as a sign of repentance?

The movable holiday, which falls anytime between February 4 and March 10, is the first day of the Lenten Period. The ashes are saved from the burning of the previous year’s Palm Sunday palm branches.

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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