Archive for January, 2011

Holiday Invite: Chinese New Year on the Net

Monday, January 24th, 2011


Xin Nián Kuài Lè! Happy Chinese New Year!

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to join our celebration of one of the world’s biggest New Year’s parties: Chinese New Year. From Bangkok to San Francisco’s Chinatown, the Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the pinnacle celebration for billions of Chinese around the world.

Come discover the history of Chinese New Year, including the special traditions and superstitions such as bidding farewell to the Kitchen Gods and giving Red Envelopes stuffed with money to children. Uncover the origins of each of the fifteen days of the Chinese New Year — like do you know why the seventh day of the festival is considered the Birthday of Man?

We also go in-depth into the ancient Chinese zodiac, the 12-year cycle that restarts each New Year. Learn about the Chinese horoscopes associated with each of the 12 years of the Zodiac, especially the qualities of anyone born this year — the Year of the Rabbit! (Of course, we’ve got it all for you, from the Year of the Rat to the Year of the Boar.) Once you have read up on all the facts and figures of Chinese New Year, come flex your trivia muscle at our fun Did You Know feature. We’ve got factoids the whole family will enjoy!

Do you want plan to celebrate the Chinese New Year in your own home this year? Then you will definitely want to check out our article on traditional Chinese New Year foods. Food plays a central role in all Chinese holidays — and the Spring Festival is no exception. We explain the symbolism of various foods and offer suggestions on how to prepare these culinary omens.

Help your little ones appreciate the spirit of Chinese New Year with our fun crafts, coloring pages and other goodies. And finally, don’t forget to wish your friends and family a Xin Nián Kuài Lè by sending one of our free Chinese New Year e-cards.

Chinese New Year begins this year on Thursday, February 03, 2011. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Gong Xi Fa Cái,

Louie and the Holiday Elves

(January 24) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Belly Laugh Day

Monday, January 24th, 2011


Belly Laugh Day
Beam, chortle, chuckle, convulse, crack up, giggle, grin, guffaw, hee-haw, howl, roar, scream, shout, shriek, simper, smile, smirk, snicker, snort, split, tehee, titter, whoop and laugh out loud today!

On January 24, at 1:24 p.m. (local time) smile, throw your arms in the air and laugh out loud! Be a Part of The Belly Laugh Bounce ‘Round the World*

*link: Belly Laugh Day

(January 23) Today we’re celebrating . . .  National Handwriting Day

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011
National Handwriting Day
Observe John Hancock’s birthday by making an effort to promote and encourage legible handwriting.

Photo Credit: “Declaration of Independence – detail.” Stone, printer William J. 1823. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration

(January 22) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Answer Your Cat’s Question Day

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Answer Your Cat’s Question Day
Ever wonder what your cat’s really thinking when he’s staring at you? Well today’s the day to seriously consider what is that is on your cat’s mind? And then answer it!

Link: More of life’s unanswered questions to share with your cat @

(January 21) Today we’re celebrating . . .  National Hugging Day

Friday, January 21st, 2011

National Hugging Day
What better way to show your affection than by sharing a hug? Wrap your arms around your friends and loved ones today to celebrate National Hugging Day.

photo credit: via flickr

Holiday Reminder: Chinese New Year 2011

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Holiday Reminder:
Chinese New Year will be celebrated in 2 weeks, Thursday February 03rd, 2011.

For more info visit our Chinese New Year celebration – Chinese New Year on the Net.

(January 20) Today we’re celebrating . . .  The Sign of Aquarius

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

The Sign of Aquarius

This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius, the age of Aquarius, Aquarius! Aquarius!

Aquarius is the astrological sign which runs from January 20 to February 19.

Aquarius is the eleventh sign of the Zodiac and associated with future ideas and the unusual. Individuals born under this sign are thought to have leadership qualities with creative, challenging, entertaining, progressive, stimulating, and independent character, but one which is also prone to rebelliousness, coldness, erraticism, and impracticality.*

(Video: Fifth Dimension signing “Aquarius / Let the Sun Shine In ” from 1969. Lyrics after the jump)


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