Archive for March, 2010

Did You Know? Countdown to Passover (03/25)

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore about
the Jewish Holiday of Passover

March 25 : 04 days till 1st night Passover

Did you know that the centerpiece of the Passover Seder is the Seder plate?

This special plate contains five symbolic foods, which remind participants of the bitterness of slavery and the exaltation of exile.

Haroset (Charoset) is a mixture of walnuts, apple, cinnamon and red wine that symbolizes the mortar used by Jewish slaves who laid Pharaoh’s bricks.

Beitzah or egg is a symbol of rebirth.

Zroa is the shank bone, which represents the sacrificial lamb offering.

Karpas is a symbol of spring, usually represented by celery or parsley; the karpas is dipped in salt water to symbolize the tears of the Jewish slaves.

Maror or bitter herbs, most typically grated horseradish, represents the bitterness of slavery.

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.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Easter (03/25)

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore About Easter

March 25 : 10 days till Easter

Did you know that the most popular treat to hide inside an Easter egg is jellybeans?

Americans consume more than 16 billion of them at Easter — enough to circle the circumference of the globe three times!

Easter is the time of springtime festivals, a time to welcome back the Tulips, Crocuses and Daffodils. A time for Christians to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Christ. And a time of chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and colored eggs! Join our Easter festivities as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day and countdown to Easter on April 04th!

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(March 25) Today we're celebrating . . .  Pecan Day

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

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Pecan Day
Why should that damn peanut get all the attention? Always looking smug in his top hat, spats and monocular.

Well its time for that tastier cousin, Pecan, to take his place in your life.

Lets look at the facts – peanuts basically make peanut butter. Whoopdie Do!

Ah – but the Pecan is part of such wondrous and tasty delights as Pecan Pie and Pralines and Cream Ice Cream! (Yum Yum!)

And while we’re at it – today’s the anniversary of the planting of Pecan trees at George Washington’s Mount Vernon home by none other than George himself. Oh, and those trees? Why they were a gift from Thomas Jefferson!

Maybe it’s time to send that peanut packing back to Jimmy Carter, cause its pecan time now!

Did You Know? Countdown to Easter (03/24)

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore About Easter

March 24 : 11 days till Easter

Did you know that the most popular Easter confection is Marshmallow Peeps?

More than 700 million of these chick, bunny and egg-shaped marshmallows are purchased every year. A meager 90 million chocolate bunnies are consumed. At peak production, over four million Marshmallow Peeps can be made each day.

Easter is the time of springtime festivals, a time to welcome back the Tulips, Crocuses and Daffodils. A time for Christians to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Christ. And a time of chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and colored eggs! Join our Easter festivities as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day and countdown to Easter on April 04th!

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Did You Know? Countdown to Passover (03/24)

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore about
the Jewish Holiday of Passover

March 24 : 05 days till 1st night Passover

Did you know that the first two days of Passover are considered especially holy?

It is on these nights that families hold their Passover seders, a 15-step ritual meal in which the exodus story is retold. Up to 85% of all Jews participate in some kind of Passover seder, making it the most widely celebrated Jewish ritual.

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.

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(March 24) Today we're celebrating. . .  Houdini Day

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

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Houdini Day
Celebrating the birthday of Harry Houdini, regarded as the master magician of the 20th century.

Houdini died on October 31th, Halloween. Every year on Halloween attempts are made to contact Houdini through mediums and seances. So far – no luck.

 

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Invite: Easter on the Net

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

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Hoppy Easter!

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to hop on over to our Easter celebration, Easter on the Net.

Our Easter celebration has everything you could possibly want to know about this pinnacle holiday in the Christian religion. From an overview of Easter and the holiday’s historical origins to an explanation of the 40-day Lenten Season, including the holidays of Palm Sunday and Good Friday.

Have you ever wondered how Easter is celebrated in the Holy Land? Or what traditions are practiced by the Russian Orthodox and Greek Orthodox communities? Speaking of which, do you know why there are two different dates for Easter — one celebrated by Western churches, the other by Eastern Orthodox churches?

Perhaps you think you know already all there is to know about Easter! Like where the custom of hunting for Easter eggs comes from. And why the bunny rabbit is a symbol of Easter. Or how the Easter lily became associated with this springtime holiday. And just why we eat so much chocolate and marshmallowy candy at Easter time. You can brush up on the answers to these questions and more in our newest trivia feature: Did You Know Easter?

Do you have young children at home? Help them get ready for the Easter holiday by sending an email to the Easter bunny (every child will receive a personalized message in return!) or by enjoying one of our age-appropriate Easter crafts and coloring pages. We also have tips for hosting the perfect Easter egg hunt, cooking up a mouth-watering Easter menu and organizing a round of Easter egg games. We even have step-by-step instructions for making your own Easter egg baskets.

Finally, don’t forget to wish your family and friends a Happy, Hoppy Easter by sending one of our free Easter e-cards.

This year, the moveable feast of Easter will be celebrated on Sunday, April 04, 2010. The Eastern Orthodox churches will also enjoy their Easter celebrations on Sunday, April 04. We look forward to sharing our celebrations with you and your family.

Happy Easter!

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