Archive for October 19th, 2011

(October 19) Tonight we’re celebrating . . .  Shemini Atzeret

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Shemini Atzeret (begins at sundown – Jewish)
This Jewish holiday commemorates the end of Sukkot. In ancient Israel, this holiday marked the start of the rainy season.

More info: Sukkot on the Net: Shemini Atzeret

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Did You Know? Countdown to Halloween (10/19)

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Halloween

Oct 19 : 12 days till Halloween

Did you know that legends claim the “jack-o-lantern” got its name from a mean old man named Jack?

Legends have it that a stingy and mean old man, named Jack, was too mean to get into heaven when he died.

When Jack went to hell he was meet by the Devil who gave him a piece of burning coal and sent him away. Jack placed the burning coal in a turnip to use as a lantern to light his way. The legends claim that Jack is still walking with the “jack-o-lantern” looking for a place to stay.

Did you know that the United States produces more than 998 million pounds of pumpkins?

That’s a lot of Jack-o-Lanterns to make! The largest producer is Illinois, which grows an average of 457 million pounds of pumpkin. All these pumpkins are valued at more than $100 million.

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 (10/19)

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011


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

Oct 19 : 07 days to Diwali

Did you know that Hindus believe that wealth is a karmic reward for good deeds in a past life?

On the third day of Diwali, Hindus worship the goddess of wealth, known as Lakshmi, and call on her to bring wealth and prosperity into their lives.

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 19) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Evaluate Your Life Day

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Evaluate Your Life Day
Take a moment to reflect on where your life is heading and ask yourself: Is this where I want to go? With frequent evaluations, you can always be certain that you are on the right path.

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