Archive for October 9th, 2011

Did You Know? Countdown to Columbus Day (10/09)

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Christopher Columbus’
Discovery of the Americas

Oct 09 : 01 day to Columbus Day

Did you know that the first official American commemoration of explorer Christopher Columbus occurred in 1892?

That’s when President Benjamin Harrison made a commemorative proclamation to mark the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ voyage to the New World

Did you know that the state of Colorado was the first to observe Columbus Day, in 1905?

By 1937, the entire country had begun observing Columbus Day and President Franklin Roosevelt officially proclaimed October 12th for its celebration. This remained the case until 1971, when Congress declared Columbus Day a public federal holiday to be held on the second Monday of October.

In 1492 Christopher Columbus left Spain looking to find an alternative route to India. After sighting land, his fleet eventually landed on what is now know as the Bahamas. Columbus Day is a celebration of Columbus’ discovery of the Americas (the New World). Observed as a national holiday in the US and by Italian-Americans as a celebration of their culture and heritage.

Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Columbus Day which is celebrated on Monday October 10th, 2011.


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Did You Know? Countdown to Sukkot (10/09)

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Sukkot, the Jewish
Feast of Tabernacles

Oct 09 : 3 days till Sukkot*

Did you know that the Jewish festival of Sukkot is known in English as the Feast of Booths or the Feast of Tabernacles?

The holiday is named after the impermanent hut-like structures (sukkot) that Moses and Israelites built and lived in as they wandered in the desert for 40 years — after leaving Egypt before reaching the Promised Land.

Sukkot is a jubilant celebration, known as Chag Ha’Sukkot or Feast of the Booths, which falls just 5 days after the solemn Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. On Sukkot, Jewish families build their sukkah, or hut, in which they eat and sleep for the duration of the holiday. Recalling the impermanent structures that the Israelites lived in as they wandered the desert for 40 years before reaching the Promised Land.

Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Sukkot!

*Sukkot begins Wednesday October 12th at sundown.

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(October 09) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Leif Erikson Day

Sunday, October 9th, 2011


Leif Erikson Day
Paying tribute to the first European explorer, Leif Erikson, to reach the North American continent.

photo credit: via flickr

More information: Leif Erikson – Discoverer of America

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