Archive for September, 2011

(September 22) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Hobbit Day

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
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Hobbit Day
Celebrate the birthday of hobbit creator, J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien also made today the birthday of his beloved characters Frodo and Bilbo Baggins.

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Holiday Reminder: Rosh Hashanah 2011

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

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Holiday Reminder: Rosh Hashanah
The first day of the Jewish High Holiday Days, Rosh Hashanah, begins at sundown next Wednesday September 28, 2011.

For more information visit our High Holiday Days celebration – High Holiday Days on the Net

Did You Know? Countdown to Fall (09/21)

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

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

Sept 21 : 02 days to Fall

Did you know that leaves change colors in the Fall because of decreasing amounts of a pigment called chlorophyll?

Chlorophyll, which converts air and water into food for plants, gives leaves their bright green color. The colder Fall temperatures decrease chlorophyll production.

Did you know that the pigment anthocyanin is responsible for bright red and purple leaves, while carotene brings out orange colors and xanthophylls makes the yellows?

These pigments are always present in the leaves, but only become dominant in the Fall, when the colder weather causes chlorophyll production to drop.

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 (09/21)

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

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

Sept 21 : 07 days to Rosh Hashanah*

Did you know that Rosh Hashanah has several names by which it is referred to in the Bible, including Yom Teruah (the Day of the Shofar) and Yom Ha-Zikkaron (the Day of Remembrance)?

The name Yom Teruah refers to the shofar, the hollowed out ram’s horn that is blown 100 times on Rosh Hashanah.

The name Yom Ha-Zikkaron reminds Jews of their responsibilities as G-d’s chosen people.

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 21) Today we’re celebrating . . .  International Day of Peace

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011


International Day of Peace
This United Nations day commemorates the ideals of peace between and among peoples. The day also supports the concepts of ceasefire and nonviolence.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Fall (09/20)

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

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

Sept 20 : 03 days to Fall

Did you know that Autumn’s association with the harvest is rooted in a number of world religions?

The autumn Jewish holiday of Sukkot, for example, has its roots in the full moon harvest; native American tribes have a number of festivals associated with the harvest; and in China, there is a mid-autumn Moon Festival.

Even the secular American holiday of Thanksgiving is an autumnal celebration, which originally marked the conclusion of the harvest and the preparation for winter’s imminent arrival.

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 (09/20)

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

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

Sept 20 : 08 days to Rosh Hashanah*

Did you know there are five Jewish holidays that are celebrated during the month of September or early October?

These holidays include Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shemeni Atzeret and Simchat Torah.

Did you know that the eight-day long holiday of Sukkot, which concludes with the two-day festival of Shemeni Atzeret and Simchat Torah, has an agricultural significance as well as a religious one?

Agriculturally, the holiday is connected to the gleaning of the harvest. In Israel (and among Reform Jews in the Diaspora), Sukkkot lasts for one week, culminating in a one-day festival combining Shemeni Atzeret and Simchat Torah.

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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