Archive for October 17th, 2011

Holiday Invite: Diwali on the Net

Monday, October 17th, 2011

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Happy Diwali!

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to our holiday celebration – Diwali on the Net – celebrating the five-day Hindu Festival of Lights.

Whether with modest oil lamps or awesome firework displays, the Diwali festival illuminates Hindu homes and businesses for five spectacular days.

Come join us as we share some of the ancient mythology practiced on each of the fives days of the Diwali, including the pinnacle third day when families light their traditional diyas (oil lamps). Learn more about the origin of this ancient festival and then savor some of the sugary treats that are traditionally served during Diwali.

If you are interested in investigating more about the Hindu religion, let our introduction to Hinduism get your started. Just don’t forget to test your knowledge with our fun Did You Know? Diwali feature.

Diwali begins next week, Wednesday October 26, 2011.

Wishing you a prosperous and peaceful Diwali.

Happy Diwali,

Louie and the Holiday Elves

Holiday Invite: Halloween on the Net

Monday, October 17th, 2011

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Happy Halloween!

The year’s most ghoulish holiday is upon us and Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to join our celebration of Halloween.

Come read the story of Halloween. Discover its roots in the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain and its connection to the Mexican holiday of Los Dias De Los Muertos. Then click over to discover the origins of Halloween traditions like pumpkin carving, witches, black cats, and trick-or-treating.

Speaking of trick-or-treating, what are your favorite Halloween candies? While many are partial to the perennial candy corn, you might want to branch out with this list of the top fifteen best Halloween candy treats. For more fun Halloween factoids, be sure to check out our Did You Know? article.

Want more ideas for celebrating Halloween? How about planning a terrifying night of Halloween fun at one of America’s Top Thirteen Haunted Houses. Or organizing a spooktacular Halloween kids’ party. We’ve got a recipe box full of Halloween treats to serve at any All Hallow’s Eve gathering.

Your littlest ones are sure to enjoy our Halloween crafts, Halloween coloring pages and DIY costume ideas. And don’t forget to share the jack-o-lantern love by sending out one of our free Halloween e-cards.

This year Halloween will celebrated in 2 weeks, Monday October 31st. We look forward to seeing you at our Halloween celebration!

Happy Halloween,

Louie and the Holiday Elves

Holiday Reminder: Halloween

Monday, October 17th, 2011

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Holiday Reminder: Halloween will be celebrated in 2 weeks on Monday October 31st, 2011!

The year’s most ghoulish holiday is upon us and we are delighted to invite you to join our celebration of Halloween.

Did You Know? Countdown to Halloween (10/17)

Monday, October 17th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Halloween

Oct 17 : 02 weeks till Halloween

Did you know that the origins of Halloween are rooted in an ancient festival honoring the dead, known as Samhain (pronounced “Sow-ween”)?

The Celtic people, who lived 2,000 years ago in the United Kingdom and northern France, believed that during Samhain, the veil between this world and the spirit world was at its thinnest.

The holiday of Halloween dates back to the Dark Ages. Once truly spooky traditions have morphed over the years into much more light-hearted (but still mischievous) celebrations. Here is a fun look at some of the facts and folklore that describe how All Hallows Eve came to be celebrated as Halloween. Join us for a new Did You Know? each day as we count down to Halloween.

Halloween will be celebrated on Monday October 31st.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Diwali (10/17)

Monday, October 17th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Diwali, the Hindu
Festival of Light

Oct 17 : 09 days to Diwali

Did you know that there are five days of Diwali, each with its own unique traditions and mythologies?

Diwali is a five-day Hindu holiday and is celebrated with each day signifying a particular aspect of the festival. The five days are:

Day 1: Dhanteras (Oct. 24)
Day 2: Choti Diwali (Oct. 25)
Day 3: Lakshmi Puja / Diwali (Oct. 26)
Day 4: Padwa & Govardhan Puja (Oct. 27)
Day 5: Bhai Duj (Oct. 28)

The third day is the pinnacle of the festival, when families light their oil lamps (divas, diyas) to illuminate the world with knowledge.

Diwali, or the “festival of lights” is celebrated by Hindus across India and the huge Hindu diaspora spread all over the world. This multi-day festival, whose name literally means “row of lighted lamps“, is celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm and is the most important Hindu festival on the annual calendar. Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Diwali.

Diwali begins Wednesday October 26, 2011.


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(October 17) Today we’re celebrating . . .  National Cake Decorating Day

Monday, October 17th, 2011


National Cake Decorating Day
Have you ever tried your hand at cake decorating? Today is the day to take a class and whip up some butter cream frosting so you can decorate your own edible masterpiece.

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