Archive for March 15th, 2010
Did You Know? Facts, Figures & Folklore About St. Patrick’s Day March 15 : 02 days till St. Pat’s Day
Did you know that the myth that Saint Patrick drove all the snakes from Ireland into the Irish Sea is just that — a myth?
Many locals still insist that the serpents were drowned in the Irish Sea by Saint Patrick, causing their seas to be so rough.
The truth, however, is that serpents where never native to Ireland. The story is most likely a metaphor for the druidic religions, which disappeared from the Emerald Island after St. Patrick spread the seeds of Christianity.
Celebrating the patron saint of Ireland, its said that on St. Patrick’s Day everyone is Irish! The day is celebrated worldwide with shamrocks, parades and green beer!
We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day so join us as we countdown to St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th!
Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore about
the Jewish Holiday of Passover
March 15 : 14 days till 1st night Passover
Did you know that Passover celebrates the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt?
On a broader level, the holiday also marks the birth of the Jewish nation, whose journey began with Moses leading them across the Red Sea and culminates with G-d* giving them the Torah on Mount Sinai fifty days later?
(*BTW – Did you know that Jews do not write the name G-d or L-rd? It has to do with the commandment about taking G-d’s name in vain. It is believed that if the name was written on a piece of paper and the paper was crumpled, discarded, or destroyed it would be considered a sin).
Spring has arrived and with it comes the eight-day Jewish holiday of freedom. It’s time to clean out your chametz, open up a box of matzah and set up for your seder. So join us for our Did You Know? countdown to Passover, which begins at sundown on Monday March 29, 2010.
Ides of March
Beware the Ides of March
This line from Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar is generally regarded as a foreboding of doom, especially when you consider its also the day Caesar was killed.
Here’s a bit of info concerning the assassination of Cesar from Wikipedia…
Caesar summoned the Senate to meet in the Pompey’s Theater on the Ides of March, 44 BC for the purpose of reading a petition, written by the senators, asking him to hand power back to the Senate. According to the Greek biographer Plutarch, a few days before, the soothsayer Titus Vestricius Spurinna apparently warned Caesar, “Beware the Ides of March.” Caesar disregarded the warning.
“…A certain seer warned Caesar to be on his guard against a great peril on the day of the month of March which the Romans call the Ides; and when the day had come and Caesar was on his way to the senate-house, he greeted the seer with a jest and said: “Well, the Ides of March are come,” and the seer said to him softly: “Ay, they are come, but they are not gone.”
As the Senate convened, Caesar was attacked and stabbed to death by a group of senators who called themselves the Liberatores (“Liberators”); they justified their action on the grounds that they committed tyrannicide, not murder, and were preserving the Republic from Caesar’s alleged monarchical ambitions.*
source: wikipedia – Ides of March
True Confessions Day
Confessing is good for the soul. It can calm the mind and help heal the pain.
Well really get those tongues wagging at work today by telling all. No holding back. And if you’re alone? There’s always the mirror.