Archive for October 17th, 2009

(October 17) Today we're celebrating . . .  Diwali

Saturday, October 17th, 2009


Diwali (Hindu/Jainism/India)
Also known as Deepavali, Diwali is a joyous five day celebration celebrating the victory of good over evil.

It is also referred to as the “Festival of Lights” because special lamps, know as diyas or kandils, are lit as a sign of celebration and hope for humankind.

Visit our newest holiday celebration – Diwali on the Net – A Celebration of the Festival of Lights

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Did You Know? Countdown to Diwali 2009 (10/17)

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

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Did You Know?
October 17

It’s Diwali!

Thank you for joining us as we counted down to Diwali.

May You Have a Happy, Bright, and Prosperous Diwali,
Louie and the Holiday Elves


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Did You Know? Countdown to Halloween 2009 (10/17)

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Halloween

Oct 17 : 02 weeks till Halloween

Did you know that the origins of Halloween are rooted in an ancient festival honoring the dead, known as Samhain (pronounced “Sow-ween”)?

The Celtic people, who lived 2,000 years ago in the United Kingdom and northern France, believed that during Samhain, the veil between this world and the spirit world was at its thinnest. Samhain was a two festival, starting on November 1st.

The holiday of Halloween dates back to the Dark Ages. Once truly spooky traditions have morphed over the years into much more light-hearted (but still mischievous) celebrations. Here is a fun look at some of the facts and folklore that describe how All Hallows Eve came to be celebrated as Halloween. Join us for a new Did You Know? each day as we count down to Halloween.

Halloween will be celebrated on Saturday October 31st.

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(October 17) Today we're celebrating . . .  Lakshmi Puja / Diwali – 5 Days of Diwali: Day 03

Saturday, October 17th, 2009


Lakshmi Puja / Diwali
5 Days of Diwali: Day 03

The third day of Diwali is the highlight of the festival, when families light their oil lamps, symbolizing the illumination of knowledge.

It is on this day that the Goddess Laskhmi is worshipped, calling on her to bring wealth and prosperity, and to triumph over evil and darkness.

 

 

 

More: Diwali on the Net – Day 03: Lakshmi Puja / Diwali

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(October 17) Today we're celebrating . . .  Sweetest Day

Saturday, October 17th, 2009


Sweetest Day
Sweets for my Sweetie!

On this day in 1922, a candy company employee began an annual tradition of passing out candy to the sick, orphaned and infirm.

Honor this employee’s kind-hearted idea by doing something nice for someone so they can say “Oh that’s sweet“!

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