Archive for September 21st, 2010

Did You Know? Countdown to Fall (09/21)

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Fall / Autumn

Sept 21 : 01 day to Fall

Did you know that pumpkins can grow to be over 1,000 pounds?

The harvesting of pumpkins — which, along with winter squash, are a variety of gourds — is a true harbinger of Autumn.

Many families carve pumpkins as part of their celebrations for Halloween, which falls in the middle of Fall on October 31.

Do you feel that? The crisp morning air is a sure sign that the Fall season is right around the corner. As the days get shorter and the temperatures fall, Autumn heralds its coming with fiery red leaves and bright orange pumpkins. Get yourself ready to fall back into Fall with Holidays on the Net’s fun-filled Autumn trivia. Join us for a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Autumn (Sept 22 @ 11:09 PM EDT)! So stop by again tomorrow.


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Did You Know? Countdown to Sukkot (09/21)

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Sukkot, the Jewish
Feast of Tabernacles

Sept 21 : 1 day till Sukkot*

Did you know that during Sukkot, many devout Jews not only eat all of their meals in their sukkah (singular of sukkot), but sleep there as well?

Did you know that Sukkot is a nine-day holiday everywhere outside of Israel, but in the Jewish homeland, the holiday is only celebrated for eight days?

Sukkot is a jubilant celebration, known as Chag Ha’Sukkot or Feast of the Booths, which falls just 5 days after the solemn Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. On Sukkot, Jewish families build their sukkah, or hut, in which they eat and sleep for the duration of the holiday. Recalling the impermanent structures that the Israelites lived in as they wandered the desert for 40 years before reaching the Promised Land.

Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Sukkot!

*Sukkot begins Wednesday September 22nd at sundown.

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(September 21) Today we're celebrating . . .  UN International Day of Peace

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010


UN International Day of Peace
This United Nations day commemorates the ideals of peace between and among peoples. The day also supports the concepts of ceasefire and nonviolence.

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