Archive for October 16th, 2009

Did You Know? Countdown to Diwali 2009 (10/16)

Friday, October 16th, 2009


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

Oct 16 : 01 day to Diwali

Did you know that one out of every seven people on the planet is a Hindu living in India?

The majority of Hindus live in India, although there are also significant Hindu populations in Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Fiji, African, Europe and North America. About one million Hindus live in the United States, for example.

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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(October 16) Today we're celebrating . . .  Choti Diwali – 5 Days of Diwali: Day 02

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Choti Diwali – Narak Chaturdashi
5 Days of Diwali: Day 02

On the second day of Diwali, the focus is on worshipping Kali, the goddess of Strength. Special emphasis is also placed on abolishing evil and, particularly, laziness.

Diyas and candles are lit in the evening and crackers burst (shooting fireworks) in order to mark the celebration of Choti Diwali.


More: Diwali on the Net – Day 02: Choti Diwali – Narak Chaturdashi

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(October 16) Today we're celebrating . . .  Dictionary Day

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Dictionary Day
Celebrate the birth of Noah Webster, the American lexicographer, by reading a few pages out of your dictionary or by buying a new dictionary to give as gift to a friend or loved one.

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(October 16) Today we're celebrating . . .  National Mammography Day

Friday, October 16th, 2009

National Mammography Day

“Save the Tatas!”

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and today is a special day for eduction and information about preventing breast cancer through annual mammograms.

During the month of October many radiologists offer discounted or free Mammograms.

*saw that on a t-shirt once!

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