Archive for September 19th, 2011

Did You Know? Countdown to Fall (09/19)

Monday, September 19th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Fall / Autumn

Sept 19 : 04 days to Fall

Did you know that the word autumn comes from the French word, automne?

The word came into common usage around the 16th century, before which “harvest” was used to refer to this time of year. The use of harvest fell out of popularity as people gradually began living in towns and working the land became less common.

Did you know that Americans colloquially refer to the season between summer and winter as “Fall”?

While Brits prefer the more scientific terms “Autumn”!

Do you feel that? The crisp morning air is a sure sign that the Fall season is right around the corner. As the days get shorter and the temperatures fall, Autumn heralds its coming with fiery red leaves and bright orange pumpkins. Get yourself ready to fall back into Fall with Holidays on the Net’s fun-filled Autumn trivia. Join us for a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Autumn (Sept 23 @ 05:04 AM EDT)! So stop by again tomorrow.


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Did You Know? Countdown to Rosh Hashanah (09/19)

Monday, September 19th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Rosh Hashanah &
the Jewish High Holy Days

Sept 19 : 09 days to Rosh Hashanah*

Did you know that Rosh Hashanah is one of three new years in the Jewish faith?

Tishrei, the month in which Rosh Hashanah falls, is actually the 7th month of the calendar year. Rosh Hashanah celebrates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the new calendar year.

Nissan is the first month of the year and when the Jewish holiday of Passover falls. Nissan was historically the start of a new year for the counting of kings’ reign.

Tu B’Shevat, which falls on the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shevat, is the new year for trees — the date by which observant Jews determine whether a tree’s first fruits may be harvested and eaten

Rosh Hashanah begins a 10 day period, known as the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora’im, a time of penitence and prayer that ends with Yom Kippur. Jews worldwide are given these 10 days to repent for their sins and ask G-d for forgiveness.

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Rosh Hashanah and the Jewish High Holy Days. Please join us!

*Rosh Hashanah 5772 begins at sundown on Wednesday September 28, 2011.

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(September 19) Today we’re celebrating . . .  International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Monday, September 19th, 2011


International Talk Like a Pirate Day
“Arrr Matey! Join the fun and spendin’ t’ day talkin’ like a pirate. Arrr!”

Not sure how to talk like a pirate? Well here’s a great website to help you celebrate – The English to Pirate Translator. “Arrr!”

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