Archive for April 9th, 2009

(April 09) Today we're celebrating . . .  Passover

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Passover  (Jewish)
Today is the 1st day of Passover (Pesach-which began last night). The 8 day observance commemorates 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 Easter 2009 (04/09)

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Easter

April 09 : Holy Thursday
03 days till Easter

Did you know that in Russia, Easter eggs are dyed on Holy Thursday?

The traditional method involves boiling the eggs in a mixture of onion peels and silk scraps. Russian Easter eggs are thoughts to possess magic powers, including bringing prosperity and warding off evil spirits.

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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White House Releases Passover Greetings from President Obama and Family

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Here is the 2009 Passover Presidential Greeting released by The White House.

THE WHITE HOUSE
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April 7, 2009

“My family and I send our warmest wishes to all celebrating the sacred festival of Passover.”

“As people of the Jewish faith in America and around the world gather together to celebrate Passover, they remember the story of Exodus. The passage of their ancestors from the Land of Egypt after 430 years of slavery led to a long journey through a desert, the ascent to a mountaintop, and then to freedom in the Land of Israel. It is among the most powerful stories of suffering and redemption in human history.”

Click to read full text of President Obama’s 2009 Passover Greeting

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