Archive for October 18th, 2011

Did You Know? Countdown to Halloween (10/18)

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Halloween

Oct 18 : 13 days till Halloween

Did you know that Halloween is linked to the Catholic Church’s celebration of All Saints Day?

When the Church began sending out missionaries to the Celtic region, it adopted many traditional rituals and sanctioned them as Catholic activities. In the 7th century, for example, the Church’s celebration of All Saints Day was moved to coincide with Samhain. A special mass called Allhallowmas was recited during All Saints Day, to honor any saints who did not already have a day of their own. The night before — October 31st — quickly came to be known as All Hallows Eve.

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 (10/18)

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011


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

Oct 18 : 08 days to Diwali

Did you know that there seems to be some confusion surrounding the actual spelling of Diwali?

Part of this confusion may be due to the many different languages and dialects spoken within India as well as someone’s location in India. In the northern areas of India the festival is referred to as Diwali, while in the southern parts of the country it is called Deepavali.

Some of the different spellings one might encounter include: Divali, Deepavali and Deepawali. But rest assured all refer to the same holiday — Diwali!

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 18) Today we’re celebrating . . .  World Menopause Day

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

World Menopause Day
Join in the international call to make menopausal health a principal research issue. In addition to the unpleasant side effects often associated with menopause, this life-changing event also triggers the onset of higher rates of osteoporosis, heart disease, colon cancer and other diseases.

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