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Did You Know? Countdown to Days of the Dead 2009 (10/31)

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore About Mexico’s
Days of the Dead
(Los Dias De Los Muertos)

Oct 31 : DOD celebrations begin tonight

Did you know that calacas, handmade skeleton figurines, are a typical decoration in Mexico during the Day of the Dead?

Calacas usually show an active and joyful afterlife and traditionally feature generals on horseback, brides and grooms on their honeymoon, and musicians.

Los Dias de los Muertos (Days of the Dead), is a traditional Mexican holiday honoring the dead. It is celebrated every year at the same time as Halloween and the Christian holy days of All Saints Day and All Souls Day (November 1st and 2nd). Unlike the modern-day interpretation of Halloween, Los Dias de los Muertos is neither morbid nor gloomy but rather a festive remembrance of those who have departed.

Los Dias de los Muertos, which is celebrated between October 31st and November 2nd, can also be referred to as (the singular) El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

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Did You Know? Countdown to Days of the Dead 2009 (10/30)

Friday, October 30th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore About Mexico’s
Days of the Dead
(Los Dias De Los Muertos)

October 30

Did you know that Mexican families set up elaborate alters called ofrendas during the Days of the Dead to welcome the spirit of departed loved ones for a brief visit?

Personal memorabilia, sugar skulls, and dishes containing the departed’s favorite foods are among some of the offerings left on the home alter.

Los Dias de los Muertos (Days of the Dead), is a traditional Mexican holiday honoring the dead. It is celebrated every year at the same time as Halloween and the Christian holy days of All Saints Day and All Souls Day (November 1st and 2nd). Unlike the modern-day interpretation of Halloween, Los Dias de los Muertos is neither morbid nor gloomy but rather a festive remembrance of those who have departed.

Los Dias de los Muertos, which is celebrated between October 31st and November 2nd, can also be referred to as (the singular) El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

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Did You Know? Countdown to Days of the Dead 2009 (10/29)

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore About Mexico’s
Days of the Dead
(Los Dias De Los Muertos)

Oct 29 : 03 days till DOD

Did you know that Mexicans believe that spirits return to the Earth during the Days of the Dead to be with their families?

Angelitos, or little angel spirits, are believed to come on November 1, while adult spirits visit on November 2.

Los Dias de los Muertos (Days of the Dead), is a traditional Mexican holiday honoring the dead. It is celebrated every year at the same time as Halloween and the Christian holy days of All Saints Day and All Souls Day (November 1st and 2nd). Unlike the modern-day interpretation of Halloween, Los Dias de los Muertos is neither morbid nor gloomy but rather a festive remembrance of those who have departed.

Los Dias de los Muertos, which is celebrated between October 31st and November 2nd, can also be referred to as (the singular) El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

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Did You Know? Countdown to Days of the Dead 2009 (10/28)

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore About Mexico’s
Days of the Dead
(Los Dias De Los Muertos)

Oct 28 : 04 days till DOD

Did you know that in pre-Hispanic times, the Mexican people were often buried directly underneath their homes, representing Mexican’s deep and personal ties with their dead?

This connection is reflected in the Mexican holiday of El Dìa de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, which is an opportunity for Mexicans to remember and pay tribute to their deceased loved ones.

Los Dias de los Muertos (Days of the Dead), is a traditional Mexican holiday honoring the dead. It is celebrated every year at the same time as Halloween and the Christian holy days of All Saints Day and All Souls Day (November 1st and 2nd). Unlike the modern-day interpretation of Halloween, Los Dias de los Muertos is neither morbid nor gloomy but rather a festive remembrance of those who have departed.

Los Dias de los Muertos, which is celebrated between October 31st and November 2nd, can also be referred to as (the singular) El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

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Did You Know? Countdown to Passover 2009 (03/26)

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore about the Jewish Holiday of Passover

March 26 : 13 days till 1st night Passover

Spring has arrived and with it comes the eight-day Jewish holiday of freedom. It’s time to clean out your chametz, open up a box of matzah and set up for your seder. So join us for our Did You Know? countdown to the start of Passover, which begins at sundown on April 08th, 2009

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Did you know that Passover celebrates the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt?

On a broader level, the holiday also marks the birth of the Jewish nation, whose journey began with Moses leading them across the Red Sea and culminates with G-d* giving them the Torah on Mount Sinai fifty days later?

(*BTW – Did you know that Jews do not write the name G-d or L-rd? It has to do with the commandment about taking G-d’s name in vain. It is believed that if the name was written on a piece of paper and the paper was crumpled, discarded, or destroyed it would be considered a sin.).

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to the first night of Passover on April 08th (begins at sundown)! So stop by again tomorrow.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Spring (03/15)

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Spring

March 15 : 05 days till Spring begins

Did you know that the ritual of Spring Cleaning is rooted in historic necessity, dating back to the 18th century?

During the cold winter months, houses were heated with soot-spewing, coal-burning furnaces. Come springtime, windows were thrown open and entire houses got a thorough scrub-down.

Ah, spring. The snow fades away, the temperatures warm, and the days grow blissfully longer. The lovebirds are happily cooing in their new nests; and the daffodils and tulips are blooming. This year, get yourself ready to spring into springtime with our fun-filled spring trivia.

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to Spring on March 20th! So stop by again tomorrow.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Purim 2009 (03/08)

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore About the Jewish Holiday of Purim

March 08 : 01 day till Purim

Did you know that Purim is one of the only Jewish holidays not commanded in the Torah? The holiday can trace its roots to the Talmudic period. The earliest known celebration of Purim was in the 2nd century CE.

Did you know that the Book of Esther is the only holy Jewish book that does not ever mention G-d’s name?

The most festive of Jewish holidays, Purim is a time of prizes, noisemakers, costumes and treats. The Festival of Purim commemorates a major victory over oppression and is recounted in the Megillah, the scroll of the story of Esther. Purim begins at sundown on the 09th of March.

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to Purim! So stop by again tomorrow or for those with no patience you can visit our Purim celebration for our list of Did You Know? Purim facts.

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