Archive for October 20th, 2011

(October 20) Tonight we’re celebrating . . .  Simchat Torah

Thursday, October 20th, 2011


Simchat Torah (begins at sundown – Jewish)
The final day of the holiday of Sukkot, Simchat Torah is a Jewish holiday, which translates literally to the Joy of the Torah. The holiday marks the end of the annual cycle of reading the Jewish Bible and the beginning of the new cycle. In Israel, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are celebrated simultaneously.

Did You Know? Countdown to Halloween (10/20)

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Halloween

Oct 20 : 11 days till Halloween

Did you know that the origins of “Trick’O’Treating” can be traced back to early celebrations of All Souls’ Day in Britain?

The poor would go from door-to-door, begging for so-called “soul cakes”. Over time, the custom changed and children became the beggars, receiving apples, sweet buns and money. The tradition migrated over the Atlantic Ocean and quickly became entrenched in American celebrations of Halloween.

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 (10/20)

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

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

Oct 20 : 06 days to Diwali

Did you know that sweet pastries are traditionally served during the Festival of Diwali?

Two of the most popular treats are laddus — sweet wheat balls filled with dried nuts and fruit — and karanjis — deep fried, flour dumplings stuffed with coconut and sugar.

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 20) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Shemini Atzeret

Thursday, October 20th, 2011


Shemini Atzeret (began last night at sundown – Jewish)
Literally translated as the “eighth day of the assembly”, this Jewish holiday marks the ending of the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot.

More info: Sukkot on the Net: Shemini Atzeret

BTW – Tonight at sundown begins the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah.

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