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Did You Know? Countdown to Mardi Gras (02/10)

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Mardi Gras and
Fat Tuesday Celebrations

February 10 : 06 days till Mardi Gras

Did you know that the last Tuesday before Lent developed a variety of different traditions depending on what country one was living in?

The one commonality was that all these traditions were indulgent! In English, for example, a feast of pancakes was served. In France, Mardi Gras — meaning “Fat Tuesday” — was especially indulgent, reminiscent of ancient Roman times.

Celebrated throughout the Gulf Coast, Mardi Gras is practically synonymous with New Orleans. But you don’t have to live in Creole Country to enjoy a good party. In fact, if you want to get in on the fun, just come join us for our Mardi Gras Ball! We will be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to Mardi Gras, February 16th!

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Did You Know? Countdown to Mardi Gras (02/09)

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Mardi Gras and
Fat Tuesday Celebrations

February 09 : 07 days till Mardi Gras

Did you know that Mardi Gras celebrations date back to ancient Roman times?

The Romans’ Lupercalia festival was held in mid-February to honor the god of fertility and agriculture, Lupercus. The party had definite Mardi Gras-like qualities, including drinking, feasting and “pleasures of the flesh”. During the Crusades, the carnival-like Lupercalia became adopted as a “last fling” of indulgence before the 40-day Lenten period of penitence.

Celebrated throughout the Gulf Coast, Mardi Gras is practically synonymous with New Orleans. But you don’t have to live in Creole Country to enjoy a good party. In fact, if you want to get in on the fun, just come join us for our Mardi Gras Ball! We will be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to Mardi Gras, February 16th!

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Holiday Reminder: Mardi Gras

Monday, February 8th, 2010

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Holiday Reminder: Mardi Gras will be celebrated next Tuesday February 16, 2010.

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

Its February (and I Feel Fine)

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Welcome February!

Its February, the 2nd and shortest month of the year. Its still winter and cold up here in the Northern Hemisphere. But we’ll know more tomorrow, Groundhogs Day (Feb 02), whether its another 6 weeks of Winter or hopefully an early Spring.

This month we’re celebrating Black History Month, the aim of which is …

… to expose the harms of racial prejudice and to cultivate black self-esteem following centuries of socio-economic oppression. It is also an opportunity to recognize significant contributions to society made by people with African heritage.*

And February’s also the time for cherry pies and “no telling lies” as we celebrate President’s Day (Feb 15). And while it seems to be mostly a weekend of sales, sales, sales we will be celebrating all the Presidents of the United States.

And lets not forget the big celebration this month; Valentine’s Day (Feb 14). A day set aside to intimidate men into spending too much on not much. (I kid! I kid!) So there is still time to start putting together a great Valentine’s Day for your love. We’ve go lots to help you get prepared; whether its craft/gift ideas, a sensuous dessert recipe to help get things in the mood, or even free holiday eCards to send your valentine – we’ve got it all here. So join us as we celebrate Valentine’s Day.

There are lots of other celebrations to observe. There’s the Chinese New Year on the 14th and a “Gong Xi Fa Cái” to the Year of the Tiger!

We’ll also be celebrating Mardi Gras soon after. So get out your “beads, doubloons, cups, and trinkets” as we celebrate Fat Tuesday on Feb. 16th. And once the fog, and the hangovers, clears the next morning it’s on to Ash Wednesday (Feb 17) and the beginning of the Lenten season.

And we’ll be closing out the month with the joyous Jewish holiday of Purim which begins at sundown on the 27th, continuing into the 28th. Did you know one of the tenants of Purim is to “drink to you drop?” Sweeeeet!

Here’s some fun facts about February…

Month of year: 2nd
Days: 28
Birthstone: Amethyst
Flower: Violet
Season: Winter
Horoscope: Aquarius, Pisces
History: February, named for the Roman purification ritual Februa, was one of the last months added to the Roman calendar.
Important Observances:
Black History Month, Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, Purim

And remember – someone, somewhere is celebrating something. And we are too! So join us as we celebrate the holidays of the year. One day at a time.

Happy February!!

*Source: wikipedia – Black History Month

links:
Valentine’s Day : Amore on the Net
Mardi Gras : Mardi Gras on the Net
Independence Day on the Net : President’s Day
Purim: Purim on the Net

(February 25) Today we're observing . . .  Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Ash Wednesday (Christian)
The first day of  Lent and the period when Christians begin their 40 day* 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.

photo credit: via flickr

(February 24) Today we're celebrating . . .  Mardi Gras

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

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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 know 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.

 

Join us for our Mardi Gras celebration – Mardi Gras on the Net

Holiday Invite : Mardi Gras on the Net

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

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Happy Mardi Gras!

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to our bash in honor of Fat Tuesday.

Celebrated throughout the Gulf Coast, Mardi Gras is practically synonymous with New Orleans. But you don’t have to live in Creole Country to enjoy a good party. In fact, if you want to get in on the fun, just come join us at Holidays on the Net for our Mardi Gras Ball!

Learn all about the history of Mardi Gras, AKA Fat Tuesday (including just what’s so “fat” about this mid-winter Tuesday). Discover the magic of a Mardi Gras parade and investigate their myriad traditions, like throwing beads, doubloons and trinkets. Try out our recipe for the traditional King Cake, or make some of your own party goodies — maybe even your very own parade float!

 If you have young children, you will definitely enjoy our Mardi Gras coloring pages and craft projects, including instructions for making your own festival masks. And if you are planning a Fat Tuesday party, why not create your own Mardi Gras version of Trivial Pursuit, using the fun Did You Know tidbits we worked up just for you.

We look forward to celebrating with you! Please join us anytime between now and February 24th, the official 2009 celebration of Mardi Gras.

Happy Holidays!

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