Archive for March 12th, 2011

Did You Know? Countdown to Purim (03/12)

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore About the Jewish Holiday of Purim

Mar 12 : 07 days till Purim

Did you know that the word Purim is Hebrew for "lots"?

The name of the holiday refers to the plot of the king’s advisor, Haman, to draw lots for which Jews to kill first. He planned to massacre all the Jews. Esther, one of the king’s wives and a Jewess herself, saved the Jewish people from Haman’s "lots" plot by revealing it to the king.

Did you know that the only holy Jewish book in which the word for "lots" appears is the Book of Esther, traditionally read on Purim?

The most festive of Jewish holidays, Purim is a time of noisemakers, costumes and tasty treats. The Festival of Purim commemorates a major victory over oppression and is recounted in the Megillah, the scroll of the story of Esther. Purim begins at sundown on Saturday March 19, 2011.

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to Purim! So stop by again tomorrow.

Did You Know? Countdown to St. Patrick’s Day (03/12)

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

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Did You Know? Facts, Figures & Folklore About St. Patrick’s Day March 12 : 05 days till St. Pat’s Day

Did you know that the Irish celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by wearing shamrocks on their lapels’ and dressing their children up in the colors of the Irish flag: orange, white and green?

The green on the flag symbolizes the people of the south, the orange represents the people of the north. The white stands for peace, which brings the green and orange together as a united nation.

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 12) Today we’re celebrating. . .  Genealogy Day

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

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Genealogy Day
Its the end of Celebrate Your Name Week!, and we’ve celebrated your name, your middle name, your friends and family’s names.

Now its time to get to know your ancestors. Starting a family tree will not only help you learn your own history, but that of your family as well. One name at a time.

Good hunting!

(March 12) Today we’re observing . . .  Girl Scout Day

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Girl Scout Day
Celebrating the anniversary of the founding of the Girl Scouts of the USA in 1912.

website: Girl Scouts of USA

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