Archive for April 8th, 2009

(April 08) Tonight we're celebrating . . .  Passover

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009


Passover (Jewish)
Tonight is the 1st night of Passover, the 8 day observance commemorating the freedom and exodus of the Israelites (Jewish slaves) from Egypt during the reign of the Pharaoh Ramses II.

A time of family gatherings and lavish meals called Seders, the story of Passover is retold through the reading of the Haggadah. With its special foods, songs, and customs, the Seder is the focal point of the Passover celebration.

 

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Did You Know? Countdown to Passover 2009 (04/08)

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

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

April 08 : Tonight is 1st night Passover

Did you know that at the Passover seder, the youngest child is instructed to recite the Four Questions?

Known in Hebrew as Mah Nishtana, these questions evoke the central themes of the holiday:

Why do we only eat matzah on this night?

Why do we eat bitter herbs on this night?

Why do we dip our foods twice, once in charoset and once in salt water, on this night?

Why do we eat in a reclining position, propped up by pillows, on this night?

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.

Tonight is the first night of Passover and we’re finished presenting our Passover “Did You Know?” facts. Thanks for joining us as we counted down to the first night of Passover (begins tonight at sundown)!

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Did You Know? Countdown to Easter 2009 (04/08)

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Easter

April 08 : 04 days till Easter

Did you know that in Greece, children and adults alike play an egg cracking game called tsougrisma on Easter?

Players attempt to crack their eggs against their friend’s egg; the last person with an un-cracked egg is considered the lucky one. The Greeks traditionally dye their eggs red, symbolizing the blood and passion of Christ.

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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