Archive for September 20th, 2009

(September 20) Today we're celebrating . . .  Eid-Al-Fitr

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Eid-Al-Fitr / Eid ul-Fitr / EID (Celebrating the Fast – Islamic)
Almost two billion Muslims around the world celebrate Eid ul-Fitr (eed al-fitter), the three-day festival commonly known as “Eid.” “Eid ul-Fitr” literally means the feast of the breaking/to break the fast. The holiday marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting and is a culmination of the month-long struggle towards a higher spiritual state.

Eid-Al-Fitr began last night at sunset

source: Ramadan on the Net - Eid ul-Fitr

photo credit: EID Prayers – Ashish T via flikr

Did You Know? Countdown to Fall 2009 (09/20)

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Fall / Autumn

Sept 20 : 02 days to Fall

Did you know that leaves change colors in the Fall because of decreasing amounts of a pigment called chlorophyll?

Chlorophyll, which converts air and water into food for plants, gives leaves their bright green color. The colder Fall temperatures decrease chlorophyll production.

Did you know that the pigment anthocyanin is responsible for bright red and purple leaves, while carotene brings out orange colors and xanthophylls makes the yellows?

These pigments are always present in the leaves, but only become dominant in the Fall, when the colder weather causes chlorophyll production to drop.

Do you feel that? The crisp morning air is a sure sign that the Fall season is right around the corner. As the days get shorter and the temperatures fall, Autumn heralds its coming with fiery red leaves and bright orange pumpkins. Get yourself ready to fall back into Fall with Holidays on the Net’s fun-filled Autumn trivia. Join us for a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Autumn! So stop by again tomorrow.


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