Archive for April, 2011

(April 27) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Administrative Professionals Day

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

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Administrative Professionals Day
(Also known as Secretaries Day) observed on the Wednesday of the last full week of April to “recognize the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, and other administrative support professionals”.*

*source: wikipedia – Administrative Professionals Day

Did You Know? Countdown to Mother’s Day (04/26)

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore:
Motherhood & Mother’s Day

April 26 : 12 days till Mother’s Day

Did you know that motherhood is commemorated in national celebrations around the globe?

From Australia to Zimbabwe, more than sixty countries celebrate Mother’s Day together with Americans on the second Sunday in May.

In the United Kingdom, Mothering Sunday is held on the forth Sunday of the Lenten Season. March 8th marks the celebration of moms in most countries of the Former Soviet Union, while the Arab world honors mothers on the Vernal Equinox (March 21).

Mother’s Day is a time of commemoration and celebration for Mom. It is a time of breakfast in bed, family gatherings, and crayon scribbled “I Love You’s.” So join our Mother’s Day festivities as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Mother’s Day on May 08, 2011!

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(April 26) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Hug an Australian Day

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

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Hug an Australian Day
Show your love and affection today for those down-under. Grab an Aussie and hug away!*

*possible harassment charges at your own risk!

Holiday Invite: Mother’s Day on the Net

Monday, April 25th, 2011

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to join our celebration of motherhood, Mother’s Day on the Net. Come learn about the history of Mother’s Day in America, and then discover how moms around the world are celebrated. For example, did you know that British mums were honored a few weeks ago during Mothering Sunday?

Speaking of “did you know?”, be sure to check out our fun-filled article on the facts, figures and folklore of motherhood and Mother’s Day. At Holidays on the Net, you can also discover the special way in which Americans pay tribute to bereaved military moms (hint: it’s during the September holiday of Gold Star Mother’s Day)

If you want to make Mother’s Day an extra-special celebration of your one-of-a-kind mom, we have plenty of resources for you. If homemade gifts are more your style, don’t miss our step-by-step instructions to Mother’s Day crafts. Simpler yet, help your children create personalized homemade Mother’s Day cards by using one of our mom-themed coloring pictures.

Or, how about making mom the best treat of all?! Breakfast in bed. (And don’t forget the clean-up! Nothing says, “I appreciate you” like a sparkling sink!) If you no longer live at home, you can still drop off a basket of mouthwatering muffins at her front door!

If you find yourself at a loss for words about dear-old Mom this Mother’s Day, Holidays on the Net can help. Read the inspirational proclamations of past U.S. presidents, who annually share their thoughts on the pivotal role that moms play in raising up our nation. Or simply let Holidays on the Net find the words for you, by sending your loved one a Mother’s Day Poem/Holiday Wish or one of our free e-cards.

Mother’s Day 2011 in the US will be celebrated on Sunday May 08th. We can’t wait to share this special occasion with all of you, so be sure to stop by!

Happy Holidays,

Louie & the Holiday Elves

Holiday Reminder: Mother’s Day

Monday, April 25th, 2011

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Holiday Reminder: Mother’s Day in the US will be celebrated in 2 weeks – Sunday May 08th.

Join our Mother’s Day celebrationMother’s Day on the Net – where you’ll find fun Holiday things for you, your mom and your family. We’ve got history to read, recipes to make, muffins to bake, pictures for the kids to color, and holiday craft gift ideas! So bring the kids and tell your friends.

Did You Know? Countdown to Mother’s Day (04/25)

Monday, April 25th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore:
Motherhood & Mother’s Day

April 25 : 13 days till Mother’s Day

Did you know that the first official celebration of mothers in the United States took place in 1858?

Anna Reeves Jarvis campaigned for a Mothers’ Work Day in her home state of West Virginia to raise awareness about local sanitation issues. When Jarvis passed away in 1905, her daughter Anna pursued a national mother’s day in honor of her own activist mom. Anna’s efforts paid off when in 1914, Mother’s Day was recognized as a national holiday by Presidential proclamation.

Mother’s Day is a time of commemoration and celebration for Mom. It is a time of breakfast in bed, family gatherings, and crayon scribbled “I Love You’s.” So join our Mother’s Day festivities as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Mother’s Day on May 08, 2011!

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(April 25) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Smigus Dyngus / Dyngus Day / Wet Monday / Easter Monday

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Smigus Dyngus / Dyngus Day / Wet Monday / Easter Monday
After Easter events include egg rolling competitions (ex. White House Easter Egg Roll) and, in many Catholic countries, dousing other people with holy water blessed the day before at Easter Sunday Mass.

In the United States, Dyngus Day celebrations are widespread and popular in Buffalo, New York and South Bend, Indiana. In Buffalo’s eastern suburbs, Dyngus Day is celebrated with a level of enthusiasm that rivals St. Patrick’s Day. Common tradition is to buy pussy willow (Salix discolor) to display in the home; this is tied to the “striking” custom from Poland, where goat willow, the European type of pussy willow, was traditionally used for whipping the legs of girls. In South Bend, the day is often used to launch the year’s political campaign season (particularly among Democrats)- often from within the West-Side Democratic Club, the Falcons Club or in local pubs, where buying drinks is favored over handshaking.

Starting in 2004, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana began celebrating Dyngus Day at the request of South Bend students. The event includes free Polish sausage for students as well as a free concert. This year they will celebrate a “Belated Dyngus Day” the following Monday since Easter Monday falls during a vacation week for students. Wet Monday is also celebrated at Jonathan Edwards College, one of the residential colleges at Yale University, when each year the freshman class storms the college with water weapons, where upperclassmen are ready to defend the college and ensure no one goes home dry.

For Easter Monday in Hungary, perfume or perfumed-water is used. The girls would reward the boys who sprinkle with coins or Easter eggs.*

*source: wikipedia – Easter Monday
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