Archive for October 10th, 2009

(October 10) Tonight we're celebrating . . .  Simchat Torah

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Simchat Torah (begins at sundown – Jewish)
The final day of the holiday of Sukkot, Simchat Torah is a Jewish holiday, which translates literally to the Joy of the Torah. The holiday marks the end of the annual cycle of reading the Jewish Bible and the beginning of the new cycle. In Israel, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are celebrated simultaneously.

Holiday Invite: Diwali on the Net

Saturday, October 10th, 2009


Happy Diwali!

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to our newest holiday celebration: Diwali on the Net – celebrating the five-day Hindu Festival of Lights.

Whether with modest oil lamps or awesome firework displays, the Diwali festival illuminates Hindu homes and businesses for five spectacular days.

Come join us as we share some of the ancient mythology practiced on each of the fives days of the Diwali, including the pinnacle third day when families light their traditional diyas (oil lamps). Learn more about the origin of this ancient festival and then savor some of the sugary treats that are traditionally served during Diwali.

If you are interested in investigating more about the Hindu religion, let our introduction to Hinduism get your started. Just don’t forget to test your knowledge with our fun Did You Know? Diwali feature.

Diwali begins next Saturday October 17th, 2009.

Wishing you a prosperous and peaceful Diwali.

Happy Diwali,

Louie and the Holiday Elves

Did You Know? Countdown to Diwali 2009 (10/10)

Saturday, October 10th, 2009


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Hindu Festival of Light

Oct 10 : 07 days to Diwali

Did you know that Hindus believe that wealth is a karmic reward for good deeds in a past life?

On the third day of Diwali, Hindus worship the goddess of wealth, known as Lakshmi, and call on her to bring wealth and prosperity into their lives.

Diwali, or the “festival of lights” is celebrated by Hindus across India and the huge Hindu diaspora spread all over the world. This multi-day festival, whose name literally means “row of lighted lamps“, is celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm between late October and November. It’s their most important festival in the annual calendar. Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Diwali.

Diwali begins Saturday October 17th, 2009

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Did You Know? Countdown to Columbus Day 2009 (10/10)

Saturday, October 10th, 2009


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Christopher Columbus’
Discovery of the Americas

Oct 10 : 02 days to Columbus Day

Did you know that the Vikings explored the North American coast five centuries before Columbus’ journey?

Ultimately, however, it was Columbus’ expedition that established the permanent intertwining of Europe with the New World, which resulted in the colonization of the Americas.

In 1492 Christopher Columbus left Spain with three ships – the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria – looking to find an alternative route to India. After sighting land, his fleet eventually landed on what is now know as the Bahamas.

Columbus Day is a celebration of Columbus’ discovery of the Americas (the New World). Observed as a national holiday in the US and by Italian-Americans as a celebration of their culture and heritage.

Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Columbus Day which is celebrated on Monday October 12th, 2009.

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(October 10) Today we're celebrating . . .  National Cake Decorating Day

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

National Cake Decorating Day
Have you ever tried your hand at cake decorating? Today is the day to take a class and whip up some butter cream frosting so you can decorate your own edible masterpiece.

photo credit: via flickr

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