Archive for February 10th, 2010

Did You Know? Countdown to Valentine's Day (02/10)

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

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

Feb. 10 : 04 Days to V’Day

Did you know that on Valentine’s Day, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell applied for a patent on his invention, the telephone, which he called “an improvement in telegraphy”?

If you can’t be with your loved one on Valentine’s Day, you can “reach out and touch someone” — thanks to Mr. Bell.

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 (02/10)

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

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

Feb. 10 : 04 Days to Chinese NY

Did you know that on the fifth day of the Chinese New Year, a holiday known as Jie Cai Ceng, or the Welcoming of the Gods of Wealth, is celebrated?

Many Chinese take vacation through the fifth day of New Year festival. Merchants, on the other hand, often return to work on Jie Cai Ceng, saying special prayers for the financial success of their business in the coming year.

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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Did You Know? Countdown to Mardi Gras (02/10)

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

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

February 10 : 06 days till Mardi Gras

Did you know that the last Tuesday before Lent developed a variety of different traditions depending on what country one was living in?

The one commonality was that all these traditions were indulgent! In English, for example, a feast of pancakes was served. In France, Mardi Gras — meaning “Fat Tuesday” — was especially indulgent, reminiscent of ancient Roman times.

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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(February 10) Today we're celebrating . . .  Plimsoll Day

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

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Pay tribute today to Samuel Plimsoll, a British politician who saved countless lives of British seamen in the mid-1800s. Plimsoll convinced the House of Commons to put an end to the practice of overloading English ships.

 

 

 

photo credit: wikipedia – Samuel Plimsoll

Did You Know? Countdown to President's Day (02/10)

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

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Did You Know? Countdown to President’s Day
Facts, Figures & Folklore About America’s Presidents

February 10 : 05 days till President’s Day

Originally intended to celebrate the birthday of the first US President, George Washington, the President’s Day holiday has become a general celebration of all past US Presidents.

gw Did you know that George Washington, according to some historical accounting, was actually the eighth president of the United States, and not the first president?

Washington was sworn in as President on April 30, 1789 at the age of 57. He was the first president elected after the passage of the U.S. Constitution in 1788. From 1781 to 1788, however, the United States had been governed by a document known as the “Articles of Confederation,” which set out that there should be one house of Congress without an executive branch.

During that eight-year time period, Congress elected its own president. The first Congressional president was John Hanson, who served a two-year term. Hanson was succeeded by six other Congressional presidents, causing some historians to argue that George Washington was in fact the eighth president of the United States.

So in honor of this upcoming holiday join us as we countdown to President’s Day with little know facts, figures, and folklore about America and its Presidents! We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to February 15th! So stop by again tomorrow.

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