Archive for October 30th, 2010

Did You Know? Countdown to Halloween (10/30)

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Halloween

Oct 30 : 01 day till Halloween

Did you know that October 30th (today!) is Candy Corn Day?

Candy corn is one of the most popular Halloween treats.

Did you know that more than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be manufactured this year?

That’s equal to some 9 billion pieces of corn, enough to circle the moon 21 times if laid out end-to-end.

BTW – one serving of candy corn contains 140 calories and no grams of fat

The holiday of Halloween dates back to the Dark Ages. Once truly spooky traditions have morphed over the years into much more light-hearted (but still mischievous) celebrations. Here is a fun look at some of the facts and folklore that describe how All Hallows Eve came to be celebrated as Halloween. Join us for a new Did You Know? each day as we count down to Halloween.

Halloween will be celebrated on Sunday October 31st.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Diwali (10/30)

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Diwali, the Hindu
Festival of Light

Oct 30 : 06 days to Diwali

Did you know that sweet pastries are traditionally served during the Festival of Diwali?

Two of the most popular treats are laddus — sweet wheat balls filled with dried nuts and fruit — and karanjis — deep fried, flour dumplings stuffed with coconut and sugar.

Diwali, or the “festival of lights” is celebrated by Hindus across India and the huge Hindu diaspora spread all over the world. This multi-day festival, whose name literally means “row of lighted lamps“, is celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm and is the most important Hindu festival on the annual calendar. Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Diwali.

Diwali begins Friday November 05, 2010.


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Did You Know? Countdown to Days of the Dead (10/30)

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore About Mexico’s
Days of the Dead
(Los Dias De Los Muertos)

October 30

Did you know that Mexican families set up elaborate alters called ofrendas during the Days of the Dead to welcome the spirit of departed loved ones for a brief visit?

Personal memorabilia, sugar skulls, and dishes containing the departed’s favorite foods are among some of the offerings left on the home alter.


Los Dias de los Muertos (Days of the Dead), is a traditional Mexican holiday honoring the dead. It is celebrated every year at the same time as Halloween and the Christian holy days of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Unlike the modern-day interpretation of Halloween, Los Dias de los Muertos is neither morbid nor gloomy but rather a festive remembrance of those who have departed.

Los Dias de los Muertos, which is celebrated November 01st & 2nd, can also be referred to as (the singular) El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

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(October 30) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Haunted Refrigerator Night

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Haunted Refrigerator Night
Twas the night before Halloween
and inside the fridge,
something was stirring
among the Moo Goo Gai Pan!

When was the last time you cleaned out your fridge? Are there evil and scary things growing among the leftover containers? As we prepare for the scariest night of the year, show’em what you’re made of by emptying the fridge of all that is unholy inside.

( courtesy of www.wellcat.com )

Did You Know? Countdown to November (10/30)

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About the Month of November

Oct 30 : 02 days till November

Did you know that in the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November?

In Canada, however, Thanksgiving is an October holiday. Other holidays celebrated during the month of November include All Saints Day (November 1), All Soul’s Day (November 2), Mexico’s Day of the Dead (November 1&2), Veterans Day (usually November 11), American Recycles Day (November 15), and National Adoption Day (the Saturday before Thanksgiving)

Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to the month of November!

Sources: Daily Holidays on the Net, Holidaypedia: November

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