Archive for February 23rd, 2010

Did You Know? Countdown to Purim (02/23)

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore About the Jewish Holiday of Purim

Feb 23 : 04 days till Purim

Did you know that in addition to being one of the most festive holidays, Purim is also one of the noisiest?

That’s because every time Haman’s name is mentioned during the reading of the megillah, worshippers are instructed to make as much noise as possible to drown out his name.

Traditionally this is accomplished with a noise-maker, known in Yiddish as a “gragger” or in Hebrew as a “ra’ashan”. Making graggers is a fun way to get children involved in the Purim spirit. Simply fill a container with dried beans or lentils and then decorate it. Now kids can shake their own gragger!

The most festive of Jewish holidays, Purim is a time of noisemakers, costumes and tasty treats. The Festival of Purim commemorates a major victory over oppression and is recounted in the Megillah, the scroll of the story of Esther. Purim begins at sundown on Saturday the 27th of February.

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to Purim! So stop by again tomorrow.

(February 23) Today we're celebrating . . .  Curling Is Cool Day

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Curling Is Cool Day
Remember that really weird Olympic sport that looked like it included bowling balls, ice hockey, and brooms?!?

Well today there is a worldwide effort to show that the Olympic sport of curling really is …um… cool.

photo credit: via flickr

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