Archive for February 13th, 2010

Holiday Reminder: Purim

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

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Holiday Reminder: The Jewish Festival of Purim will begin at sundown on Saturday February 27, 2010.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Valentine's Day (02/13)

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

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

Feb. 13 : 01 Day to V’Day

Did you know that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in countries around the world, including Korea?

There, women are the traditional gift bearers on February 14th. But a month later, on March 14th, men return the generosity. The holiday, known as White Day, is so named since the traditional gift is “white chocolate”. In a nod to Korean singles, April 14th is referred to tongue-in-cheek as Black Day, when singles get together with friends and eat black-colored Jajang noodles.

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 (02/13)

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

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

Feb. 13 : 01 Day to Chinese NY

Did you know that the Chinese concept of time is cyclical rather than linear?

Each year in the Chinese calendar is ascribed to one of 12 animals signs, which repeats itself every 12 years. This cycle is known as the Sheng xiao, or the Chinese Zodiac. These animals signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog and boar.

This year, 2010, will be celebrated as the Year of the Tiger.

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 13) Today we're celebrating . . .  Get A Different Name Day

Saturday, February 13th, 2010


Get A Different Name Day
January Minty! Rose Bush! Eks Wye (XY)! Holly Wood! Anita Pee! Ima Hogg! Mary Christmas! Gay Barr! What the hell were their parents smoking?

Not everyone is happy with their birth names and many wish they could change their names. Did you know it was very easy to change your name? Today is the day to bring focus to the unhappiness felt by many who just despise their names and the fact that they can choose a more suitable name.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Mardi Gras (02/13)

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

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

February 13 : 03 days till Mardi Gras

Did you know that the tradition of Krewes tossing out handouts to parade onlookers — or “throws” in New Orleans parlance — dates back to Renaissance Europe?

That’s where the festival custom started in which lords and ladies would hurl mead and ale at revelers. Some historians believe the tradition has even more ancient roots. Pagan peasants would toss grains at their fields in the springtime, as a show of gratitude to the deities for allowing them to survive the bitter winters.

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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Did You Know? Countdown to President's Day (02/13)

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

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

February 13 : 02 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.

jfk Did you know that John F. Kennedy, the 35th president, was the youngest man elected to the presidency of the United States?

He was just 46 years old when he was inaugurated. Kennedy was also the youngest president to die in office, and the fourth U.S. president assassinated during his tenure.

Often quoted for his moving Inaugural address in which he stated, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”, Kennedy was a master orator.

In his less than 1,000 days in office, Kennedy historically presided over the Cuban Missile Crisis and the introduction of the sweeping Civil Rights Act. The bill, which ended racial discrimination in public places and required employers to provide equal employment opportunities, was being debated by Congress at the time of Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963.

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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