Archive for November 1st, 2009

Holiday Invite: Days of the Dead

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

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Feliz Dias de los Muertos!
Happy Days of the Dead!

Mexico’s joyful Days of the Dead is October 31-November 2, and Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to join our celebration.

Come learn why this spooky-sounding holiday is actually anything but scary. Uncover the history of Los Dias de los Muertos and its celebration of dearly beloved — and departed — spirits. You can also delve into the rituals and traditions of this national holiday, such as setting up little alters called ofrendas and decorating them with sugar skulls and handmade skeletal figures called calacas. Before you leave, don’t forget to test your knowledge with our Did You Know trivia feature.

We look forward to celebrating Los Dias de los Meurtos with you!

Feliz Dias de los Muertos,
Louie and the Holiday Elves

 

 

Did You Know? Countdown to Days of the Dead 2009 (11/01)

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

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

November 01

Did you know that the Days of the Dead are actually a three-day celebration, beginning the evening of October 31 and culminating on November 3?

The Mexican holiday coincides with America’s Halloween, and many of the traditions have melded across the border. The holiday is also rooted in the Mexican people’s strong Catholic faith, which celebrates All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day on November 1st and 2nd.

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 (11/01)

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

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Did You Know?
November 01

It’s November!!

 

Thanks for joining us as we counted down to the month of November!

Happy November,
Louie and the Holiday Elves

Sources: Daily Holidays on the Net, Holidaypedia: November

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(November 01) Today we're celebrating . . .  Days of the Dead

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

11012006.jpgDays of the Dead (Los Dias de los Muertos)
A traditional Mexican holiday honoring the dead. Los Dias de los Muertos is not a sad time, but instead a joyous time of remembering friends, family and loved ones who have passed.

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). Some areas celebrate the holiday for one day, while other celebrate for 2 days.

Visit our Los Dias de los Muertos (the Days of the Dead) website for more.

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Stupid!?! What do you mean stupid?? Just wait till next year. Charlie Brown…

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

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Charlie Brown:
Well, another Halloween has come and gone.

Linus:
Yes, Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown:
I don’t understand it. I went trick-or-treating and all I got was a bag full of rocks! I suppose you spent all night in the Pumpkin Patch. And the Great Pumpkin never showed up?

Linus:
Nope.

Charlie Brown:
Well, don’t take it too hard, Linus. I’ve done a lot of stupid things in my life too.

Linus:
Stupid!?! What do you mean stupid?? Just wait till next year. Charlie Brown. You’ll see…Next year at this same time. I’ll find a pumpkin patch that is real sincere.

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Its November 2009 (and I feel fine)

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Its November 1st and the Holidays are fast approaching. So fast in fact the malls and stores have been showing signs of the Holiday Season! And we only celebrated Halloween yesterday!

November begins with Los Dias De Los Muertos, or Days of the Dead (Nov. 01-02). This import from Mexico and South America celebrates family and friends who have passed. Unlike the sorrow and sadness of the US culture of death, Los Dias De Los Muertos is a happy and jubilant time to remember and honor your loved ones. And there’s lots of smiling skeletons too!

Of course the biggest holiday in November is Thanksgiving (US). Celebrated on the 26th , there’s really only 4 weeks to get everything ready! In need of Turkey and stuffing recipes anyone?

And who can forget Black Friday and the beginning of the Christmas season? So start saving up those pennies because it feels like its going to be a quick month!

Here’s some fun facts about November…

Month of year: 11th
Days: 30
Birthstone: Topaz
Flower: Chrysanthemum
Season: Fall
Horoscope: Scorpio, Sagittarius
History:
Originally the ninth month of the Roman calendar, November was named for novem – the number nine
Important Observances:
US General Election Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday*

*source: Daily Holidays on the Net

Reminder: Daylight Savings Time Ended

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Just a reminder that Daylight Savings Time ended last night (Saturday). And make sure you’ve turned your clock back an hour or you’ll be out of whack all day!

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