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Did You Know? Countdown to Easter (04/20)

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore About Easter

April 20 : 04 days till Easter

Did you know that in Greece, children and adults alike play an egg cracking game called tsougrisma on Easter?

Players attempt to crack their eggs against their friend’s egg; the last person with an un-cracked egg is considered the lucky one. The Greeks traditionally dye their eggs red, symbolizing the blood and passion of Christ.

Easter is the time of springtime festivals, a time to welcome back the Tulips, Crocuses and Daffodils. A time for Christians to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Christ. And a time of chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and colored eggs! Join our Easter festivities as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day and countdown to Easter on April 24th!

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Holiday Invite: Easter on the Net

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

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Holiday Reminder: Easter will be celebrated this Sunday, April 24, 2011.

Hoppy Easter!

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to hop on over to our Easter celebration, Easter on the Net.

Our Easter celebration has everything you could possibly want to know about this pinnacle holiday in the Christian religion. From an overview of Easter and the holiday’s historical origins to an explanation of the 40-day Lenten Season, including the holidays of Palm Sunday and Good Friday.

Have you ever wondered how Easter is celebrated in the Holy Land? Or what traditions are practiced by the Russian Orthodox and Greek Orthodox communities? Speaking of which, do you know why there are two different dates for Easter — one celebrated by Western churches, the other by Eastern Orthodox churches?

Perhaps you think you know already all there is to know about Easter! Like where the custom of hunting for Easter eggs comes from. And why the bunny rabbit is a symbol of Easter. Or how the Easter lily became associated with this springtime holiday. And just why we eat so much chocolate and marshmallowy candy at Easter time. You can brush up on the answers to these questions and more in our newest trivia feature: Did You Know Easter?

Do you have young children at home? Help them get ready for the Easter holiday by sending an email to the Easter bunny (every child will receive a personalized message in return!) or by enjoying one of our age-appropriate Easter crafts and coloring pages. We also have tips for hosting the perfect Easter egg hunt, cooking up a mouth-watering Easter menu and organizing a round of Easter egg games. We even have step-by-step instructions for making your own Easter egg baskets.

Finally, don’t forget to wish your family and friends a Happy, Hoppy Easter by sending one of our free Easter e-cards.

This year, the moveable feast of Easter will be celebrated on Sunday, April 24, 2011. The Eastern Orthodox churches will also enjoy their Easter celebrations on Sunday, April 24. We look forward to sharing our celebrations with you and your family.

Happy Easter!

Louie and the Holiday Elves

Did You Know? Countdown to Easter (04/19)

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore About Easter

April 19 : 05 days till Easter

Did you know that the trumpet shape of the Easter Lily is considered symbolic of the heralding of Jesus on his triumphant entry into Jerusalem?

Biblical scholars also tell us that lilies may have grown in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Judas betrayed Jesus.

Did you know that 95 percent of the world’s Easter Lilies are produced by just ten growers along the California-Oregon border?

Known as the Easter Lily Capital of the World, this area sees more than 15 million lily bulbs planted each year to meet the Easter demand.

Easter is the time of springtime festivals, a time to welcome back the Tulips, Crocuses and Daffodils. A time for Christians to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Christ. And a time of chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and colored eggs! Join our Easter festivities as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day and countdown to Easter on April 24th!

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Holiday Reminder: Easter

Monday, April 18th, 2011

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Holiday Reminder:
Easter will be celebrated next Sunday, April 24th 2011.

This year both the Western and Eastern Orthodox (Greek & Russian) Easters are celebrated on the same day.

Visit our Easter celebration for more fun and information.

Did You Know? Countdown to Easter (04/18)

Monday, April 18th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore About Easter

April 18 : 06 days till Easter

Did you know that Palm Sunday is also known as Passion Sunday in many Orthodox churches?

Palm Sunday celebrates the triumphant entry of Jesus in Jerusalem, commemorated in many churches by processionals of parishioners who hold palm leaves tied to crosses.

The Orthodox church view this as a solemn day of reflection since it portents Jesus’ death just five days later. The term passion is used in Christian parlance to refer to the suffering of Jesus on the Cross.

Easter is the time of springtime festivals, a time to welcome back the Tulips, Crocuses and Daffodils. A time for Christians to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Christ. And a time of chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and colored eggs! Join our Easter festivities as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day and countdown to Easter on April 24th!

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Did You Know? Countdown to Easter (04/17)

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore About Easter

April 17 : Palm Sunday
07 days till Easter

Did you know that thousands of Christian pilgrims converge on Jerusalem every year to celebrate the Holy Week of Easter?

On Palm Sunday, pilgrims march through the Holy City, waving palm branches and retracing the steps of Jesus as he made his triumphal entrance into Jerusalem. Then, five days later, pilgrims walk solemnly along the fourteen Stations of the Cross, reenacting Jesus’ procession toward his crucifixion.

Easter is the time of springtime festivals, a time to welcome back the Tulips, Crocuses and Daffodils. A time for Christians to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Christ. And a time of chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and colored eggs! Join our Easter festivities as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day and countdown to Easter on April 24th!

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(April 17) Today we’re observing . . .  Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 17th, 2011


Palm Sunday (Christian)
As Jesus made his entry into Jerusalem, the crowds lined his path with palm fronds. In churches today, observances include the blessing and distribution of Palm leaves to their congregants.

Today is also the beginning of Holy Week, the countdown to Christ’s crucifixion and his resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Note: This years extra palm leaves will be used for the ashes on Ash Wednesday 2012.

Easter on the Net: Palm Sunday

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