Archive for February 12th, 2010

Did You Know? Countdown to Valentine's Day (02/12)

Friday, February 12th, 2010

dukAmore10

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

Feb. 12 : 02 Days to V’Day

Did you know that Valentine’s Day was first declared an official holiday by King Henry VIII of England in 1537?

Today Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14th in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Mexico, France and Australia.

Did you know that in Colombia, Valentines Day is celebrated in September?

And Brazil, Valentine’s Day, otherwise known as the Day of the Enamored, is on June 12. In Israel, Tu B’Av is the holiday of love, celebrated in late summer.

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!

Signup for our Did You Know? Holiday Countdown emails or follow us on Twitter – twitter.com/holidaysnet (@holidaysnet)

Did You Know? Countdown to Chinese New Year (02/12)

Friday, February 12th, 2010

dyk-chin

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

Feb. 12 : 02 Days to Chinese NY

Did you know that the color, shape or even name of a food may grant it special culinary significance during the Chinese New Year?

Foods whose names are a homonym for an auspicious wish during the New Year are featured prominently. Whole fish are often eaten, for example, since the Chinese word for fish yu, which is a homonym for abundance.

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.

Signup for our Did You Know? Holiday Countdown emails or follow us on Twitter – twitter.com/holidaysnet (@holidaysnet)

(February 12) Today we're celebrating . . .  Darwin Day

Friday, February 12th, 2010

02122007cd.jpg
Darwin Day
An international celebration honoring Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution. A day for promoting and recognizing the importance of science. Observed on the day of Darwin’s birth.

Did You Know? Countdown to Mardi Gras (02/12)

Friday, February 12th, 2010

diduknowmg

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

February 12 : 04 days till Mardi Gras

Did you know that the first Mardi Gras parade was staged in the United States in 1837?

It has been reported that there was just one float, which, despite its crudeness, brought great joy to the people of New Orleans. Today, the city begins its cascade of parades the Friday before Ash Wednesday. The parades feature hundreds of different floats from the city’s many parishes, each of which is sponsored by a different Krewes, or club.

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!

Signup for our Did You Know? Holiday Countdown emails or follow us on Twitter – twitter.com/holidaysnet (@holidaysnet)

Did You Know? Countdown to President's Day (02/12)

Friday, February 12th, 2010

presidents

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

February 12 : 03 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.

al Did you know that Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was the first Republican elected to the nation’s highest office?

Lincoln also differed from his predecessors in that he did not come from a family of means. The son of a Kentucky frontiersman, Lincoln’s mother died when he was just ten years old. Lincoln married Mary Todd and together they had four sons, but only one survived into adulthood.

Lincoln also struggled initially as a politician, losing his run for the Senate in 1858. Just two years later, however, Lincoln was elected president of the United States. He presided over the Union Forces in the Civil War (1861-1865) and, in 1863, issued the Emancipation Proclamation, ending slavery in America. President Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, the first of four U.S. presidents to be assassinated.

BTW – Today is the 201st Birth Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln.

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.

© 2014 Holidays on the Net Designed and Maintained by Studio Melizo