Archive for April 19th, 2011

Holiday Invite: Passover on the Net

Tuesday, April 19th, 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 Invite: Easter on the Net

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

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

Hoppy Easter!

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to hop on over to our Easter celebration, Easter on the Net.

Our Easter celebration has everything you could possibly want to know about this pinnacle holiday in the Christian religion. From an overview of Easter and the holiday’s historical origins to an explanation of the 40-day Lenten Season, including the holidays of Palm Sunday and Good Friday.

Have you ever wondered how Easter is celebrated in the Holy Land? Or what traditions are practiced by the Russian Orthodox and Greek Orthodox communities? Speaking of which, do you know why there are two different dates for Easter — one celebrated by Western churches, the other by Eastern Orthodox churches?

Perhaps you think you know already all there is to know about Easter! Like where the custom of hunting for Easter eggs comes from. And why the bunny rabbit is a symbol of Easter. Or how the Easter lily became associated with this springtime holiday. And just why we eat so much chocolate and marshmallowy candy at Easter time. You can brush up on the answers to these questions and more in our newest trivia feature: Did You Know Easter?

Do you have young children at home? Help them get ready for the Easter holiday by sending an email to the Easter bunny (every child will receive a personalized message in return!) or by enjoying one of our age-appropriate Easter crafts and coloring pages. We also have tips for hosting the perfect Easter egg hunt, cooking up a mouth-watering Easter menu and organizing a round of Easter egg games. We even have step-by-step instructions for making your own Easter egg baskets.

Finally, don’t forget to wish your family and friends a Happy, Hoppy Easter by sending one of our free Easter e-cards.

This year, the moveable feast of Easter will be celebrated on Sunday, April 24, 2011. The Eastern Orthodox churches will also enjoy their Easter celebrations on Sunday, April 24. We look forward to sharing our celebrations with you and your family.

Happy Easter!

Louie and the Holiday Elves

Did You Know? Countdown to Easter (04/19)

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore About Easter

April 19 : 05 days till Easter

Did you know that the trumpet shape of the Easter Lily is considered symbolic of the heralding of Jesus on his triumphant entry into Jerusalem?

Biblical scholars also tell us that lilies may have grown in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Judas betrayed Jesus.

Did you know that 95 percent of the world’s Easter Lilies are produced by just ten growers along the California-Oregon border?

Known as the Easter Lily Capital of the World, this area sees more than 15 million lily bulbs planted each year to meet the Easter demand.

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 Earth Day (04/19)

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

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

April 19 : 03 days till Earth Day

Did you know that up to 1 trillion plastic bags are used in America every single year?

That’s one million bags per minute or 326 plastic bags per person per year. Less than 20% of those bags make it to a recycling center.

Did you know that Americans use well over 2 billion gallons of oil each year to produce its plastic bags?

In 2001, Ireland passed a tax on plastic bags and saw a 90% reduction in their consumption. San Francisco recently passed a ban on plastic bags.

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 Passover (04/19)

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

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Did You Know?
April 19

It’s Passover!!*

Thank you for joining us as we counted down to Passover.

Chag Sameach,
louie and the holiday elves

*Passover began last night at sundown

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(April 19) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Passover

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Passover (Jewish)
Today is the 1st day of Passover (Pesach – which began last night). The 8 day observance commemorates 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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