Archive for November 5th, 2011

White House Releases Statement by the President on Hajj and Eid al-Adha

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

The White House has released the following statement from President Barack Obama to mark Eid al-Adha (2011):

Michelle and I extend our greetings for a happy Eid al-Adha to Muslims worldwide and congratulate those performing Hajj. Thousands of Muslim Americans are among those who have joined one of the world’s largest and most diverse gatherings in making the pilgrimage to Mecca and nearby sites.

As Muslims celebrate this Eid, they will also commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son by distributing food to those less fortunate around the world. They join the United States and the international community in relief efforts to assist those struggling to survive in the Horn of Africa and those recovering from the devastating earthquake in Turkey.

The Eid and Hajj rituals are a reminder of the shared roots of the world’s Abrahamic faiths and the powerful role that faith plays in motivating communities to serve and stand with those in need. On behalf of the American people, we extend our best wishes during this Hajj season. Eid Mubarak and Hajj Mabrour.

(November 05) Tonight / Tomorrow we’re observing . . .  Eid-Al-Adha

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Eid-Al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice – Islamic -begins at sundown)
This Muslim holiday, celebrated during the time of the annual hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca, marks the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael, as commanded by God. The day is consecrated with an animal sacrifice, of which one-third is shared with the poor while the other two-thirds is enjoyed with family and friends.

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Reminder: Daylight Savings Time Ends Tonight

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Just a reminder that Daylight Savings Time ends tonight at 2AM. As the saying goes..

Fall back. Spring ahead

So turn your clock back an hour before bedtime tonight and enjoy the extra sleep tomorrow morning.

(November 05) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Sadie Hawkins Day

Saturday, November 5th, 2011
Sadie Hawkins Couples_30s by UNO Criss Library

Sadie Hawkins Day
A day for women to take the initiative and ask the man out on a date, a tradition first established in the 1930’s by the “Li’l Abner” comic strip.

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