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Did You Know? Countdown to Kwanzaa 2009 (12/27)

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Kwanzaa

Dec 27 : Second Day of Kwanzaa

Did you know today is the second day of Kwanzaa?

On the second day the black candle is again lit, as well as the farthest red candle on the left. This represents the 2nd principle of KwanzaaKujichagulia (koo-jee-chah-goo-LEE-ah): Self-Determination.

Again a statement about the second principle and its meaning might be made. Or possibly a passage or poem is spoken or read which relates to what the principle means and how it relates to their life. The family shares the Unity cup and the candles are extinguished.

Kwanzaa is a 7 day festival celebrating the African American people, their culture and their history. It is a time of celebration, community gathering, and reflection. A time of endings and beginnings. Kwanzaa begins on December 26th and continues until New Years Day, January 1st.

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Did You Know? Countdown to New Years Day 2010 (12/27)

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about About
New Year’s Eve &
New Year’s Day

Dec 27 : 4 Days till New Years Eve
5 Days till New Years Day

Did you know that celebrating the New Year is a tradition that dates back nearly 4000 years?

If you had lived in Mesopotamia and Babylon 4,000 years ago (c. 2000 B.C.), you probably would have celebrated the new year in mid-March, at the time of the Vernal (Spring) Equinox. If, however, you were an Egyptian, your new year began with the Autumnal Equinox and the flooding of the Nile. If you were Greek, the Winter Solstice began your new year celebrations.

Did you know that Julius Caesar was the first to set January 1st as the New Year?

Caesar did so when he established the Julian calendar. The Julian calendar, named for Julius Caesar, decreed that the new year would occur on January 1st. Caesar wanted the year to begin in January since it celebrated the beginning of the civil year and the festival of the god of gates and, eventually, the god of all beginnings, Janus, after whom January was named.

The New Year is a time of friends and family, and parties and fun. A time of fireworks, counting down and rockin’ out with good ol’ Dick Clark (& that Seacrest guy). It’s a time for resolutions, realizations, and a brand new year.

Join us for a new Did You Know holiday fact each day as we countdown to the new year. New Years Eve will be celebrated Thursday December 31st. New Years Day is Friday January 01, 2010!

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(December 27) Today we're celebrating. . .  The 2nd Day of Kwanzaa

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

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The 2nd Day of Kwanzaa
The 2nd day of a week long festival celebrating the African American people, their culture and their history.

On the second day the black candle is again lit, as well as the farthest red candle on the left. This represents the 2nd principle of Kwanzaa – Kujichagulia (koo-jee-chah-goo-LEE-ah): Self-Determination

source: Kwanzaa on the Net – Seven Days of Celebration

(December 27) Today we're observing. . .  Asarah B’Tevet

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Asarah B’Tevet (Jewish)
The 10th day of the Hebrew month of Tevet is a minor Jewish fast day commemorating the siege of Jerusalem led by the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, in 588 BCE. Three years later, the Babylonian broke through the city walls and, three weeks later, destroyed the Holy Temple. Those who observe the fast refrain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset.

(December 27) Today we're observing. . .  Ashura: Tenth Day

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Ashura: Tenth Day (Islamic)
This Shia Muslim holiday commemorates the death of Muhammad’s grandson, killed during the Battle of Karbala. Celebrated on the 10th of Islamic month of Muharram, Ashura is a day of fasting, reflection and meditation.

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