Archive for April 18th, 2011

(April 18) Tonight we’re celebrating . . .  Passover

Monday, April 18th, 2011


Passover (Jewish)
Tonight is the 1st night of Passover, the 8 day observance commemorating the freedom and exodus of the Israelites (Jewish slaves) from Egypt during the reign of the Pharaoh Ramses II.

A time of family gatherings and lavish meals called Seders, the story of Passover is retold through the reading of the Haggadah. With its special foods, songs, and customs, the Seder is the focal point of the Passover celebration.

Join us for our Passover celebration – Passover on the Net

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Holiday Invite: Passover on the Net

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Holiday Reminder: Passover begins tonight at sundown, April 18, 2011.

passoverinvitePesach Sameach! Happy Passover!

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to celebrate the Jewish holiday of freedom with us this year.

For our Jewish readers, the impending arrival of Pesach means it’s time to rid your home of chametz, stock up on endless boxes of matzah and start planning your Passover seders. Whether you are in charge this year of cleaning or cooking, we’ve got you covered with in-depth how-to articles.

Looking for a new kosher for Passover dessert? Want to spice up your traditional charoset recipe? Look no further. And while you’re at it, be sure to check out our article on non-traditional Passover cooking, including meat-free and low-fat recipes. Yes, it is possible to make it through eight days of Passover without gaining 10 pounds!

Holidays on the Net even has some modern feminist twists on this ancient holiday to share with those of you looking to create some new traditions this year. Of course, if you think you know all there is to know about Passover, you can test your acumen over at our newest feature: Did You Know? It’s chockfull with seventeen facts and figures about Pesach.

Perhaps you are not very familiar with the story and significance of Passover. We welcome you to join us as we uncover the secrets of the seder plate; the significance behind the parable of the Four Sons; and just what Kosher for Passover means anyway!

Do you have young children at home? Help them get ready for the holiday by practicing the Four Questions or enjoying one of the fun activities in our expanded Passover crafts section.

Please take a few minutes to tune into our newest feature: Real Audio Passover, which includes new lectures on preparing for the holiday and understanding its religious significance. And finally, don’t forget to wish your family and friends a Happy Passover with one of our free e-cards.

Passover begins at sundown Monday April 18, 2011. Join us at our celebration – Passover on the Net.

Hag Kasher v’Samech (A Happy and Kosher Passover),

Louie and the Elves
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Holiday Reminder: Easter

Monday, April 18th, 2011

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Holiday Reminder:
Easter will be celebrated next Sunday, April 24th 2011.

This year both the Western and Eastern Orthodox (Greek & Russian) Easters are celebrated on the same day.

Visit our Easter celebration for more fun and information.

Did You Know? Countdown to Earth Day (04/18)

Monday, April 18th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts & Figures about
Celebrating and
Saving Mother Earth

April 18 : 04 days till Earth Day

Did you know that recycling just one glass bottle saves enough energy to keep a 100-watt light bulb lit for four hours?

Recycling glass uses 40% less energy than making new glass from virgin materials. Glass can be recycled indefinitely and never loses any of its quality.

Did you know that Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every single hour?

Eight out of 10 of them will end up in a landfill, despite the fact that 63% of American communities now have plastic bottle recycling. It takes 700 years for a plastic bottle to begin to decompose in a landfill.

Earth Day is a day to both celebrate the environmental victories of the past and to reflect on the many remaining opportunities for improvement. Whether you celebrate Earth Day by attending a rally, signing a petition or switching to highly efficient light bulbs, make an effort to be mindful of the original vision for this day: to serve as a national learn-in for the sake of the environment.

Join our Earth Day celebration as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Earth Day on April 22nd!

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Did You Know? Countdown to Easter (04/18)

Monday, April 18th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore About Easter

April 18 : 06 days till Easter

Did you know that Palm Sunday is also known as Passion Sunday in many Orthodox churches?

Palm Sunday celebrates the triumphant entry of Jesus in Jerusalem, commemorated in many churches by processionals of parishioners who hold palm leaves tied to crosses.

The Orthodox church view this as a solemn day of reflection since it portents Jesus’ death just five days later. The term passion is used in Christian parlance to refer to the suffering of Jesus on the Cross.

Easter is the time of springtime festivals, a time to welcome back the Tulips, Crocuses and Daffodils. A time for Christians to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Christ. And a time of chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and colored eggs! Join our Easter festivities as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day and countdown to Easter on April 24th!

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Did You Know? Countdown to Passover (04/18)

Monday, April 18th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore about
the Jewish Holiday of Passover

April 18 : Tonight is 1st night Passover

Did you know that at the Passover seder, the youngest child is instructed to recite the Four Questions?

Known in Hebrew as Mah Nishtana, these questions evoke the central themes of the holiday:

Why do we only eat matzah on this night?

Why do we eat bitter herbs on this night?

Why do we dip our foods twice, once in charoset and once in salt water, on this night?

Why do we eat in a reclining position, propped up by pillows, on this night?

Spring has arrived and with it comes the eight-day Jewish holiday of freedom. It’s time to clean out your chametz, open up a box of matzah and set up for your seder. So join us for our Did You Know? countdown to Passover, which begins at sundown on Monday April 18, 2011.

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(April 18) Today we’re celebrating . . .  National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day

Monday, April 18th, 2011


National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day
De-stress after pulling all-nighters to prepare your taxes by wearing your PJs to work. Talk about casual work attire!

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