Archive for October, 2010

Did You Know? Countdown to Diwali (10/28)

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

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

Oct 28 : 08 days to Diwali

Did you know that there seems to be some confusion surrounding the actual spelling of Diwali?

Part of this confusion may be due to the many different languages and dialects spoken within India as well as someone’s location in India. In the northern areas of India the festival is referred to as Diwali, while in the southern parts of the country it is called Deepavali.

Some of the different spellings one might encounter include: Divali, Deepavali and Deepawali. But rest assured all refer to the same holiday — Diwali!

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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(October 28) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Statue Of Liberty Day

Thursday, October 28th, 2010


Statue Of Liberty Day
On this day in 1886, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated on Bedloe’s Island in the New York Harbor.

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Did You Know? Countdown to November (10/28)

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

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

Oct 28 : 04 days till November

Did you know that the month of November takes its name from Latin word novem, meaning “nine”?

In Roman times, November was the ninth month of the year. According to the Gregorian calendar, of course, November is the 11th month of the year.

Today, November is one of four months in the calendar that has 30 days, although at different times in history, the month has had 29 and 31 days.

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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Holiday Invite: Diwali on the Net

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

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Happy Diwali!

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to our holiday celebration – Diwali on the Net – celebrating the five-day Hindu Festival of Lights.

Whether with modest oil lamps or awesome firework displays, the Diwali festival illuminates Hindu homes and businesses for five spectacular days.

Come join us as we share some of the ancient mythology practiced on each of the fives days of the Diwali, including the pinnacle third day when families light their traditional diyas (oil lamps). Learn more about the origin of this ancient festival and then savor some of the sugary treats that are traditionally served during Diwali.

If you are interested in investigating more about the Hindu religion, let our introduction to Hinduism get your started. Just don’t forget to test your knowledge with our fun Did You Know? Diwali feature.

Diwali begins Friday November 05, 2010.

Wishing you a prosperous and peaceful Diwali.

Happy Diwali,

Louie and the Holiday Elves

Did You Know? Countdown to Halloween (10/27)

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Halloween

Oct 27 : 04 days till Halloween

Did you know that there are more than 2,500 costume rental shops across the country?

If rental isn’t for you, consider some more frugal options: making a costume at home with materials you already have on hand or check out garage sales, thrift shops and your local Craigslist for costume sales.

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 (10/27)

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

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

Oct 27 : 09 days to Diwali

Did you know that there are five days of Diwali, each with its own unique traditions and mythologies?

The third day is the pinnacle of the festival, when families light their oil lamps (divas, diyas) to illuminate the world with knowledge.

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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(October 27) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Cranky Co-Workers Day

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010


Cranky Co-Workers Day
As if that pain-in-the-cubicle next to yours really needed another excuse to annoy the hell out of you! OY!

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