Archive for February 9th, 2010

Did You Know? Countdown to Valentine's Day (02/09)

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Valentine’s Day

Feb. 09 : 05 Days to V’Day

Did you know that 32 percent of Americans purchase flowers on Valentine’s Day?

Three-quarters of those who buy the flowers are men.

Did you know that the red rose was believed to be the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love and the mother of Cupid?

Did you know that Americans buy and send more than 110 million roses for Valentine’s Day?

California is the leading domestic producer of roses, although the majority of the ones sold on Valentine’s Day are imported from South America.

February 14th is Valentines Day – a worldwide celebration of love and romance, marked by giving red roses and chocolate hearts or by sending valentines. Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to Valentine’s Day, the day of love!

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Did You Know? Countdown to Chinese New Year (02/09)

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
about the Chinese New Year

Feb. 09 : 05 Days to Chinese NY

Did you know that youngsters traditionally receive a gift of money from their parents or other elders on Chinese New Year?

The money, an omen of good luck for the coming year, is presented in a red envelope decorated with gold symbols of good fortune. Called Lai See, a red envelope is also traditionally given to couples on their wedding day and to children on their birthdays.

From Bangkok to New York’s Chinatown, the Chinese New Year is the pinnacle celebration for billions of Chinese people around the world. The Chinese New Year is the most important and elaborate holiday in Chinese culture. More than any other Chinese holiday, the New Year stresses the importance of familial ties. Whether it’s family gatherings or citywide celebrations, the New Year is a time rich in traditions and ancient superstitions

The holiday begins on February 14th, 2010, the New Moon on the first day of the Chinese New Year, and continues for 15 days, through the end of the full moon.

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(February 09) This week we're celebrating . . .  Love May Make The World Go 'Round, But Laughter Keeps Us From Getting Dizzy Week

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Love May Make The World Go ‘Round, But Laughter Keeps Us From Getting Dizzy Week

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people

The week before Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to remind us that there is a strong connection between the heart and “hearty” laughter.

photo credit: via flickr

Did You Know? Countdown to Mardi Gras (02/09)

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Mardi Gras and
Fat Tuesday Celebrations

February 09 : 07 days till Mardi Gras

Did you know that Mardi Gras celebrations date back to ancient Roman times?

The Romans’ Lupercalia festival was held in mid-February to honor the god of fertility and agriculture, Lupercus. The party had definite Mardi Gras-like qualities, including drinking, feasting and “pleasures of the flesh”. During the Crusades, the carnival-like Lupercalia became adopted as a “last fling” of indulgence before the 40-day Lenten period of penitence.

Celebrated throughout the Gulf Coast, Mardi Gras is practically synonymous with New Orleans. But you don’t have to live in Creole Country to enjoy a good party. In fact, if you want to get in on the fun, just come join us for our Mardi Gras Ball! We will be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to Mardi Gras, February 16th!

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