Archive for February 14th, 2010

Holiday Invite: Amoré on the Net

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to join our amorous celebration of the year’s most romantic holiday, Amoré on the Net.

Get yourself in the Valentine’s Day mood by checking out our articles on everything from the origin of Valentine’s Day to Valentine’s Day celebrations around the world. We even feature China’s unique love celebration, in which the Chinese girls spend the evening preparing a feast of fruits and praying for true love.

If you like to indulge in a Valentine’s Day feast, think chocolate: Creamy, dark and delicious chocolate. Come find out the amorous origins of chocolate and then whip up one of our chocolate recipes — the surest way to win your Valentine’s Day heart. If gourmet cooking is more your speed, you will love our recipes for a Valentine’s Day feast.

In fact, we have plenty of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day — from cooking and baking to dating your mate (5 creative date ideas for the romantically-impaired). And don’t worry — you don’t have to spend a fortune to show your love how much she or he means to you. Check out our guide to frugal romance and inexpensive gift-giving for some thrifty inspiration.

After filling up on Valentine’s Day facts and figures, come test your amore knowledge with our fun Did you know feature? For example, did you know that Cupid was the son of Venus, the Roman god of love? In Greek tradition, he was known as Aphrodite’s son.

Help get your little ones into the lovey-dovey mood with our tips for celebrating Valentine’s Day with children. They are sure to delight in our holiday craft ideas, coloring pages and guide to making their own Valentine’s Day cards. And don’t forget to share your love with family and friends by sending one of our free Valentine’s Day e-cards.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

With love and best wishes for a Happy Valentine’s Day Holiday,

Louie and the Holiday Elves

 

 

Holiday Invite: Chinese New Year on the Net

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

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Xin Nián Kuài Lè! Happy Chinese New Year!

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to join our new celebration of one of the world’s biggest New Year’s parties: Chinese New Year. From Bangkok to San Francisco’s Chinatown, the Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the pinnacle celebration for billions of Chinese around the world.

Come discover the history of Chinese New Year, including the special traditions and superstitions such as bidding farewell to the Kitchen Gods and giving Red Envelopes stuffed with money to children. Uncover the origins of each of the fifteen days of the Chinese New Year — like do you know why the seventh day of the festival is considered the Birthday of Man?

We also go in-depth into the ancient Chinese zodiac, the 12-year cycle that restarts each New Year. Learn about the Chinese horoscopes associated with each of the 12 years of the Zodiac, especially the qualities of anyone born this year — the Year of the Tiger! (Of course, we’ve got it all for you, from the Year of the Rat to the Year of the Boar.) Once you have read up on all the facts and figures of Chinese New Year, come flex your trivia muscle at our fun Did You Know feature. We’ve got factoids the whole family will enjoy!

Do you want plan to celebrate the Chinese New Year in your own home this year? Then you will definitely want to check out our article on traditional Chinese New Year foods. Food plays a central role in all Chinese holidays — and the Spring Festival is no exception. We explain the symbolism of various foods and offer suggestions on how to prepare these culinary omens.

Help your little ones appreciate the spirit of Chinese New Year with our fun crafts, coloring pages and other goodies. And finally, don’t forget to wish your friends and family a Xin Nián Kuài Lè by sending one of our free Chinese New Year e-cards.

Chinese New Year begins this year on Sunday, February 14, 2010. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Gong Xi Fa Cái,

Louie and the Holiday Elves

Did You Know? Countdown to Valentine's Day (02/14)

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

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Did You Know?
February 14

It’s Valentine’s Day!!

 

Thanks for joining us as we counted down to Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine’s Day,
Louie and the Holiday Elves

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Did You Know? Countdown to Chinese New Year (02/14)

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

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Did You Know?
February 14

It’s The Chinese New Year!!

Thanks for joining us as we counted down to the Chinese New Year.

Gong Xi Fa Cái,
Louie and the Holiday Elves

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Did You Know? Countdown to Mardi Gras (02/14)

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

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

February 14 : 02 days till Mardi Gras

Did you know that the ever-popular beaded necklaces, so ubiquitously associated with Mardi Gras today, didn’t come into play until the 1880s?

That’s when one of the Krewes dressed up a member as Santa Claus and had him toss out glass beads. It was such a hit that by 1900, beaded necklaces had become the Mardi Gras throw. Somewhere along the way, those lovely glass beads got replaced by cheap plastic and aluminum beads, which today earn the thrower a flash (of flesh). That particular “trading” tradition most likely dates back to the 1970s.

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 14) Today we're celebrating . . . Valentine's Day

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

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Valentine’s Day
A Day for love and lovers. A day for flowers, romance, and candy hearts. A day for Cupid, kisses and snuggling galore!

Come and join us as we celebrate Valentine’s Day – Amore on the Net

(February 14) Today we're celebrating . . .  Chinese New Year

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

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Gung Hay Fat Choy! The first day of the Chinese lunar calendar is a very important holiday to the Chinese people. It is celebrated worldwide, wherever there are large Chinese populations, with food, festivities, fireworks, and parades.

There are 12 cycles to the Chinese lunar calendar, each represented by an animal. This year, 2010, is the year of the Tiger.”

It is common to give red packets to children during this period of celebration. The red envelopes contain money, which should be of an even number (as odd numbers are associated with money given during funerals).

And for your enjoyment here is a short video of the Chinese New Years parade in New York City’s Chinatown. This will give you a brief flavor of the festivities and fun.

Visit our Chinese New Year celebration for more info and fun – Chinese New Year on the Net

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