Archive for February 25th, 2010

(February 25/26) Tonight/Tomorrow we're observing. . .  Mawlid Al Nabi (Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad)

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Mawlid Al Nabi (Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad – Islamic)

The observance of the birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad which occurs in Rabi’ al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar.

Mawlid is celebrated in a carnival manner, large street processions are held and homes or mosques are decorated. Charity and food is distributed, and stories about the life of Muhammad are narrated with recitation of poetry by children. Scholars and poets celebrate by reciting Qasida al-Burda, the famous poem by 13th century Arabic Sufi Busiri.

Mawlid is celebrated in most Muslim countries, and in other countries where Muslims have a presence, such as India, Britain, and Canada. Saudi Arabia is the only Muslim country where Mawlid is not an official public holiday.

Begins at sundown on the 25th

*source: wikipedia – Mawlid
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Did You Know? Countdown to Purim (02/25)

Thursday, February 25th, 2010


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

Feb 25 : 02 days till Purim

Did you know that Jewish people also have a custom to give friends and family members food baskets specially prepared with at least two different types of ready-to-eat foods?

Known as “Mishloach Manot“, the rationale behind this custom is likely linked to another tradition — having a feast in the late afternoon. The baskets ensure that everyone has enough food to eat at the Purim feast.

The most festive of Jewish holidays, Purim is a time of prizes, noisemakers, costumes and 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 25) Today we're celebrating . . .  National Chili Day

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

National Chili Day
If you are a chili lover, today is the perfect day to put a pot on the stove and enjoy one of America’s staples. Great timing too, as nothing cures the winter chills better than a steaming hot bowl of chili!

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(February 25) Today we're observing . . .  Ta’Anit Ester

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Ta’Anit Ester (Jewish)
The Fast of Esther marks the three-day* fast observed according to the Book of Esther by the Jewish people in Persia. Observed on the 13th day of the Hebrew month of Adar, Ta’anit Esther concludes with the commencement of the festive Jewish holiday of Purim.

*began last night at sundown

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