Archive for October 21st, 2011

Did You Know? Countdown to Halloween (10/21)

Friday, October 21st, 2011


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Halloween

Oct 21 : 10 days till Halloween

Did you know that more than 36 million children are expected to go trick-or-treating this Halloween?

That’s how many 5-13 year olds there are in the United States. Of course, age is no limit for Halloween fun, so those numbers might be a bit of an understatement.

Did you know that the states of Arizona, Nevada, Florida, North Carolina, Colorado and Georgia have all seen recent increases in their elementary-school aged population?

If you live in one of these six states, be sure to stock up on candy sales, as you’re likely to see lots of trick-or-treaters this October 31st.

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 (10/21)

Friday, October 21st, 2011


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

Oct 21 : 05 days to Diwali

Did you know that the term, Hindu, means Indian, but it is not a native Indian word?

It was actually introduced millennia ago by a foreigner in referring to people of northern India. The term came to refer to all adherents of the religion — whether or not they lived in India.

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 21) Today we’re celebrating . . .  National Mammography Day

Friday, October 21st, 2011

National Mammography Day

“Save the Tatas!”

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and today is a special day for eduction and information about preventing breast cancer through annual mammograms.

During the month of October many radiologists offer discounted or free Mammograms.

photo credit: via flickr

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