Archive for October 18th, 2009

Did You Know? Countdown to Halloween 2009 (10/18)

Sunday, October 18th, 2009


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Halloween

Oct 18 : 13 days till Halloween

Did you know that Halloween is also linked to the Catholic Church’s celebration of All Saints Day?

When the Church began sending out missionaries to the Celtic region, it adopted many traditional rituals and sanctioned them as Catholic activities. In the 7th century, for example, the Church’s celebration of All Saints Day was moved to coincide with Samhain. A special mass called Allhallowmas was recited during All Saints Day, to honor any saints who did not already have a day of their own. The night before — October 31st — quickly came to be known as All Hallows Eve.

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 18) Today we're celebrating . . .  Padwa & Govardhan Puja – 5 Days of Diwali: Day 04

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Padwa & Govardhan Puja
5 Days of Diwali: Day 04

On the fourth day of Diwali, there is a tradition to settle old accounts and start new books. These new books are worshipped in a special ceremony, during which Hindus focus on eliminating jealousy and anger from their lives.

More: Diwali on the Net – Day 04: Padwa & Govardhan Puja

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(October 18) Today we're celebrating . . .  World Menopause Day

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

World Menopause Day
Join in the international call to make menopausal health a principal research issue. In addition to the unpleasant side effects often associated with menopause, this life-changing event also triggers the onset of higher rates of osteoporosis, heart disease, colon cancer and other diseases.

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