Archive for March 9th, 2011

Did You Know? Countdown to St. Patrick’s Day (03/09)

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

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Did You Know? Facts, Figures & Folklore About St. Patrick’s Day March 09 : 08 days till St. Pat’s Day

Did you know that Patrick was neither Irish nor particularly religious, at least not initially?

Patrick was born Maewyn Succat in 385 CE in the Welsh town of Banwen, and for the first sixteen years of his life he was an avowed pagan.

Celebrating the patron saint of Ireland, its said that on St. Patrick’s Day everyone is Irish! The day is celebrated worldwide with shamrocks, parades and green beer!

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day so join us as we countdown to St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday March 17, 2011!

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(March 09) Today we’re observing . . .  Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Ash Wednesday (Christian)
The first day of Lent and the period when Christians begin their 40 days* of fasting and penitence leading up to Easter Sunday.

Followers receive a mark of ashes in the sign of the cross on their foreheads signifying the belief that “from dust you came, to dust you shall return.” A version of which is stated by the priest when the ashes are administered to each follower.

The ashes used are from palm leaves left over from the previous years Palm Sunday observances.

*While the Lenten period is actually 46 days, Sundays are not considered part of the period of penance.

photo credit: via flickr

(March 09) Today we’re celebrating. . .  Learn What Your Name Means Day

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

03042007nt31.gifLearn What Your Name Means Day
We know you were named after your great-grandfather on your step-dad’s mother’s side. But do you really know what’s the meaning behind your name?

Take some time today to search the web or the library for more information on your name. You’ll never know what you’ll find!

UPDATE: Here’s a good site to help find info on your first name – Behind the Names – http://www.behindthename.com/

It’s Celebrate Your Name Week! and all this week that’s exactly what we’ll be doing – celebrating our names! So stop back tomorrow for more fun during our week long celebration of names.

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