Archive for September 4th, 2010

Did You Know? Countdown to Labor Day (09/04)

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Labor Day (US)

Sept 04 : 02 days to Labor Day

Did you know that the first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882?

Festivities included a picnic in New York City hosted by the Central Labor Union.

Did you know that there is an historical debate over when the concept of Labor Day began?

The Labor Department maintains that the idea was introduced by Peter J. McGuire, the general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners.

Other historians maintain that a machinist named Matthew Maguire, who was the secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York, suggested the holiday in 1882.

Labor Day in America is a day to remember and pay tribute to the contributions made by the country’s workers and laborers. Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Labor Day in the US!

Labor Day will be celebrated on Monday September 06, 2010.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Rosh Hashanah (09/04)

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Rosh Hashanah &
the Jewish High Holy Days

Sept 04 : 04 days to Rosh Hashanah*

Did you know that Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the only Jewish holidays that are purely religious?

Unlike other major festivals such as Sukkot and Passover (Pesach), Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are not tied to historical or agricultural events.

Rosh Hashanah begins a 10 day period, known as the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora’im, a time of penitence and prayer that ends with Yom Kippur. Jews worldwide are given these 10 days to repent for their sins and ask G-d for forgiveness.

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Rosh Hashanah and the Jewish High Holy Days. Please join us!

*Rosh Hashanah 5771 begins at sundown on Wednesday September 08, 2010.

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(September 04) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Newspaper Carrier Day

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Newspaper Carrier Day
A day honoring the paper boys, girls, and adults that bring us our daily news.

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