Archive for October 25th, 2011

Did You Know? Countdown to Halloween (10/25)

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Halloween

Oct 25 : 06 days till Halloween

Did you know that modern day Wiccans still celebrate Samhain with elaborate rituals marking the end of summer and coming of the winter?

While there are many ways to celebrate Samhain, most rituals are focused on honoring one’s deceased ancestors or commemorating the cycle of death and rebirth.

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 (10/25)

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

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

Oct 25 : 01 day to Diwali

Did you know that one out of every seven people on the planet is a Hindu living in India?

The majority of Hindus live in India, although there are also significant Hindu populations in Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Fiji, African, Europe and North America. About one million Hindus live in the United States, for example.

BTW – Today is Choti Diwali – Narak Chaturdashi, the 2nd of the 5 days of the Diwali festival.


On the second day of Diwali, the focus is on worshipping Kali, the goddess of Strength. Special emphasis is also placed on abolishing evil and, particularly, laziness.

Diyas and candles are lit in the evening and crackers burst (shooting fireworks) in order to mark the celebration of Choti 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 25) This week we’re celebrating . . .  International Magic Week

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

International Magic Week
A week celebrating magicians and the world of magic. Observed annually the week leading up to Harry Houdini’s birthday / Magic Day on October 31st.

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(October 25) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Choti Diwali – 5 Days of Diwali: Day 02

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011


Choti Diwali – Narak Chaturdashi 5 Days of Diwali: Day 02
On the second day of Diwali, the focus is on worshipping Kali, the goddess of Strength. Special emphasis is also placed on abolishing evil and, particularly, laziness.

Diyas and candles are lit in the evening and crackers burst (shooting fireworks) in order to mark the celebration of Choti Diwali.

More: Diwali on the Net – Day 02: Choti Diwali – Narak Chaturdashi

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