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Did You Know? Countdown to Easter (04/10)

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore About Easter

April 10 : 14 days till Easter

Did you know that Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday following the full moon of the Vernal Equinox?

In Western churches, this can occur any Sunday between March 22nd and April 25th. In Orthodox Churches, Easter usually falls a bit later — between the beginning of April and the beginning of May. The difference in dates is due to varying calculations of when the Vernal Equinox takes place.

In 2011, Easter will be celebrated on Sunday April 24; this year Orthodox Easter will be also be celebrated on April 24.

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 4th, 2011

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Holiday Reminder:
Easter will be celebrated in 3 weeks, 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.

Holiday Reminder: Easter

Monday, March 28th, 2011

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Holiday Reminder:
Easter will be celebrated in 4 weeks, 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.

(March 09) Today we’re observing . . .  Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Ash Wednesday (Christian)
The first day of Lent and the period when Christians begin their 40 days* of fasting and penitence leading up to Easter Sunday.

Followers receive a mark of ashes in the sign of the cross on their foreheads signifying the belief that “from dust you came, to dust you shall return.” A version of which is stated by the priest when the ashes are administered to each follower.

The ashes used are from palm leaves left over from the previous years Palm Sunday observances.

*While the Lenten period is actually 46 days, Sundays are not considered part of the period of penance.

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(March 08) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Mardi Gras

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

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Mardi Gras
The last day of festive and sometimes rowdy celebrations leading up to the start of the Lenten season (Ash Wednesday). Mardi Gras is also known as “Fat Tuesday”, “Shrove Tuesday”, or “Pancake Day”.

While Mardi Gras is celebrated throughout the southern US, it is most often identified with New Orleans, where it is celebrated with masquerade balls, King Cakes, and parades where beads, doubloons, cups, and trinkets are thrown from floats into the exuberant crowds.

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(March 06) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Shrovetide

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Shrovetide
The three days of fun and festivities leading up to Ash Wednesday and Lent.

Individually known as Shrove Sunday, Shrove Monday, and Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras).

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Holiday Reminder: Mardi Gras

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

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Holiday Reminder: Mardi Gras will be celebrated in 2 weeks, Tuesday March 08, 2011.

For more information and fun please visit our Mardi Gras celebration – Mardi Gras on the Net

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