Archive for February 2nd, 2011

Did You Know? Countdown to Chinese New Year (02/02)

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
about the Chinese New Year

Feb. 02 : 01 Day to Chinese NY

Did you know that the Chinese concept of time is cyclical rather than linear?

Each year in the Chinese calendar is ascribed to one of 12 animals signs, which repeats itself every 12 years. This cycle is known as the Sheng xiao, or the Chinese Zodiac. These animals signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog and boar.

This year, 2011, will be celebrated as the Year of the Rabbit.

From Bangkok to New York’s Chinatown, the Chinese New Year is the pinnacle celebration for billions of Chinese people around the world. The Chinese New Year is the most important and elaborate holiday in Chinese culture. More than any other Chinese holiday, the New Year stresses the importance of familial ties. Whether it’s family gatherings or citywide celebrations, the New Year is a time rich in traditions and ancient superstitions

Chinese New Year 2011, the Year of the Rabbit, begins on February 03rd and continues for 15 days, through the end of the full moon.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Valentine’s Day (02/02)

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Valentine’s Day

Feb. 02 : 12 Days to V’Day

Did you know that, according to one legend, Valentine’s Day was inspired by Saint Valentine, a Roman saint who was executed on February 14th, 270 A.D.?

St. Valentine was killed for secretly marrying couples in defiance of an order of the Roman emperor. The emperor had forbidden marriage after Roman men began refusing conscription in order to stay home with their wives.

February 14th is Valentines Day – a worldwide celebration of love and romance, marked by giving red roses and chocolate hearts or by sending valentines. Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to Valentine’s Day, the day of love!

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(February 02) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Groundhog Day

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011


Groundhog Day
Folklore has it that if a groundhog sees its shadow today there will be 6 more weeks of winter. If not, and we’re lucky, it’ll be an early spring.

the European Celts believed that animals had certain supernatural powers on special days that were half-way between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Folklore from Germany and France indicated that when marmots and bears came out of their winter dens too early, they were frightened by their shadow and retreated back inside for four to six weeks*…

Another possible inspiration for Groundhog Day is the Roman celebration of Hedgehog Day. A day in which Romans believed a hedgehog seeing its shadow would also forecast 6 more weeks of winter.

Famous US groundhogs: Punxsutawney Phil, Staten Island Chuck, Wiarton Willie, Shubenacadie Sam and General Beauregard Lee

*source: wikipedia: Groundhog Day

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