Archive for October, 2009

Did You Know? Countdown to Days of the Dead 2009 (10/28)

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore About Mexico’s
Days of the Dead
(Los Dias De Los Muertos)

Oct 28 : 04 days till DOD

Did you know that in pre-Hispanic times, the Mexican people were often buried directly underneath their homes, representing Mexican’s deep and personal ties with their dead?

This connection is reflected in the Mexican holiday of El Dìa de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, which is an opportunity for Mexicans to remember and pay tribute to their deceased loved ones.

Los Dias de los Muertos (Days of the Dead), is a traditional Mexican holiday honoring the dead. It is celebrated every year at the same time as Halloween and the Christian holy days of All Saints Day and All Souls Day (November 1st and 2nd). Unlike the modern-day interpretation of Halloween, Los Dias de los Muertos is neither morbid nor gloomy but rather a festive remembrance of those who have departed.

Los Dias de los Muertos, which is celebrated between October 31st and November 2nd, can also be referred to as (the singular) El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

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Did You Know? Countdown to November 2009 (10/28)

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About the Month of November

Oct 28 : 04 days till November

Did you know that the month of November takes its name from Latin word novem, meaning “nine”?

In Roman times, November was the ninth month of the year. According to the Gregorian calendar, of course, November is the 11th month of the year.

Today, November is one of four months in the calendar that has 30 days, although at different times in history, the month has had 29 and 31 days.

Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to the month of November!

Sources: Daily Holidays on the Net, Holidaypedia: November

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(October 28) Today we're observing . . .  Day of National Concern About Young People and Gun Violence

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Day of National Concern About Young People and Gun Violence
Join more than 10 million students in signing a pledge against gun violence. The pledge is a promise never to bring a gun to school and never to use a gun as a means to settle a dispute.

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Kids Halloween Costume Ideas From Ellen

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Funny clips of kids Halloween costumes featured on the Ellen Show

Did You Know? Countdown to Halloween 2009 (10/27)

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Halloween

Oct 27 : 04 days till Halloween

Did you know that there are more than 2,500 costume rental shops across the country?

If rental isn’t for you, consider some more frugal options: making a costume at home with materials you already have on hand or check out garage sales, thrift shops and your local Craigslist for costume sales.

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 27) Today we're celebrating . . .  Cranky Co-Workers Day

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009


Cranky Co-Workers Day
As if that pain-in-the-cubicle next to yours really needed another excuse to annoy the hell out of you! OY!

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( courtesy of www.wellcat.com )

Spooktacular Recipes for your Halloween party

Monday, October 26th, 2009


Still in need of some last minute recipe ideas for your Halloween party? Come ‘on over to our holiday recipe site – Holiday Eats - where we’ve got lots of easy recipes to help make your Halloween a tasty one.

Year after year one of our most popular recipes is “Boo Bites,” made with marshmallows, peanut butter and chocolate chips!

One of my personal favorites – Ghosts in the Graveyard – is easy to make and tasty to eat! Yum!

Looking for a good party punch? How about an easy “Halloween Punch.” Or check out one of our newest recipes – “Witches Brew.” Green never tasted so good!

You can find these and other Halloween party specialities at our holiday recipe site – Holiday Eats.

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