Archive for February 17th, 2010

Holiday Invite: Purim on the Net

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010


Chag Purim Sameach!

Happy Purim! Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to join our celebration of the happy-go-lucky Jewish holiday, Purim. One of the most fun holidays in the Jewish calendar, Purim celebrates the Jewish people’s victory over an evil plot in ancient Persia.

Come visit us at our Purim celebration, Purim on the Net, to learn about the story of Purim, including the holiday’s major players: Queen Esther and her uncle Mordechai, and of course, King Achashuerus and his evil advisor, Haman. Learn about the religious obligations of this holiday, including reading the Purim megillah (story) and drinking ’til you drop (told you it was happy-go-lucky occasion!).

On a more sober note, read all about the special tradition of sending Purim gift baskets, known as mishloach manot, to family and friends. The baskets are often filled with traditional Purim baked goodies, such as Hamantashen. (Want to learn how to make these buttery, three-cornered cookies? Try out one of our traditional or alternative recipes!)

For those of you with little kids at home, you can get them into the Purim spirit by making one of our Purim crafts, such as masks, noisemakers (known as graggers), and homemade costumes.

For a touch of international flair, we even have a special report on how Israelis celebrate the joyful holiday of Purim. And finally, you can test your knowledge of Purim trivia in our fun Did You Know? feature.

We look forward to sharing a freilich (joyful) Purim with you. Please come join us. Purim begins sundown on February 27th, 2010.

Happy Holidays!
Louie and the holiday elves


Holiday Reminder: St. Patrick’s Day

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010


Holiday Reminder: St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated in one month, Wed. March 17th.

Visit our St. Patrick’s Day celebration for fun and more information.

(February 17) Today we're observing . . .  Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Ash Wednesday (Christian)
The first day of Lent and the period when Christians begin their 40 days* of fasting and penitence leading up to Easter Sunday.

Followers receive a mark of ashes in the sign of the cross on their foreheads signifying the belief that “from dust you came, to dust you shall return.” A version of which is stated by the priest when the ashes are administered to each follower.

The ashes used are from palm leaves left over from the previous years Palm Sunday observances.

*While the Lenten period is actually 46 days, Sundays are not considered part of the period of penance.

photo credit: via flickr

(February 17) Today we're celebrating . . .  My Way Day

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

02172007fs.jpgMy Way Day

I’ve lived a life that’s full.
I’ve traveled each and every highway;
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way

Cast off others opinions of yourself and show’em that you’ll do it Frankie’s way; you’ll do it “My Way!”

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