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Did You Know? Countdown to Easter (04/21)

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore About Easter

April 21 : Holy Thursday
03 days till Easter

Did you know that in Russia, Easter eggs are dyed on Holy Thursday*?

The traditional method involves boiling the eggs in a mixture of onion peels and silk scraps. Russian Easter eggs are thought to possess magic powers, including bringing prosperity and warding off evil spirits.

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 21) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Kindergarten Day

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

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A day to recognize that play, games and creativity have an important part in a child’s education.

Celebrated on the birthday of Friedrich Froebel, the founder of the first Kindergarten in 1837.

Holiday Invite: Earth Day on the Net

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Holiday Reminder: Earth Day will be celebrated this Friday, April 22, 2011.

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Happy Earth Day!

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to join our celebration of Mother EarthEarth Day on the Net. Our celebration has everything you need to know about preserving and protecting our planet.

For example, did you know that the goal of the first Earth Day, celebrated in 1970, was to serve as an environmental learn-in? You can honor this original intention by doing a little eco-learning of your own. Read up on the history of Earth Day and then test your environmental know-how with some Earth Day trivia.

When you’re ready to get seriously green, check out our articles on the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. With fifty easy suggestions for greening your day-to-day life, there’s no reason not to practice a little Earth Day magic all year-round. Learn how to grow an earth-friendly garden (a great activity to share with your children) — or bring your greening efforts inside, with our 10 eco-friendly recipes for homemade cleaners.

If you have children at home, you will surely enjoy one of our Earth Day craft projects, all of which encourage you to reuse supplies you already have on hand. Or print out one of our Earth Day coloring pages — on recycled paper, of course! Complete your Earth Day celebrations by whipping up a planet-friendly menu based on our delicious, wholesome vegan recipes.

Earth Day is annually celebrated on April 22nd. We look forward to sharing our love for Mother Earth with you over the next several days. And we invite you to spread the green love with your family and friends by sending a free Earth Day e-card.

Happy Holidays!

Louie and the Elves
Holidays on the Net

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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Did You Know? Countdown to Earth Day (04/20)

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts & Figures about
Celebrating and
Saving Mother Earth

April 20 : 02 days till Earth Day

Did you know that 100 acres of Amazon Rain Forest are being cut down every minute?

Continued deforestation, combined with global warming, will lead to the irreversible destruction of up to 80% of the rain forest over the next 21 years. The loss of the Amazon will rapidly accelerate global warming in countries as far away as India.

Did you know that one in every four mammals faces the threat of extinction?

The world has so far lost 68 animal species, including the “Dodo” bird, the Tasmanian wolf and the Caspian tiger. In fact, all great cats currently face mortal risk. Less than half a century ago, there were 100,000 tigers roaming our planet; today, fewer than 5,000 are still alive in the wild.

Earth Day is a day to both celebrate the environmental victories of the past and to reflect on the many remaining opportunities for improvement. Whether you celebrate Earth Day by attending a rally, signing a petition or switching to highly efficient light bulbs, make an effort to be mindful of the original vision for this day: to serve as a national learn-in for the sake of the environment.

Join our Earth Day celebration as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Earth Day on April 22nd!

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(April 20) Today we’re celebrating . . .  The Sign of Taurus

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

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Taurus
April 20th – May 20th. The second sign of the zodiac.

Individuals born under this sign are thought to have a calm, patient, reliable, loyal, affectionate, sensuous, ambitious, and determined character, but one which is also prone to hedonism, laziness, inflexibility, jealousy, and antipathy. In terms of anatomy, Taurus is said to rule the vocal chords, tonsils, palate, throat, neck, ears, and lower jaw. Generally, there is something distinctly sensual about the appearance*

*source: wikipedia - Taurus

Holiday Invite: Passover on the Net

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

passoverinvitePesach Sameach! Happy Passover!

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to celebrate the Jewish holiday of freedom with us this year.

For our Jewish readers, the impending arrival of Pesach means it’s time to rid your home of chametz, stock up on endless boxes of matzah and start planning your Passover seders. Whether you are in charge this year of cleaning or cooking, we’ve got you covered with in-depth how-to articles.

Looking for a new kosher for Passover dessert? Want to spice up your traditional charoset recipe? Look no further. And while you’re at it, be sure to check out our article on non-traditional Passover cooking, including meat-free and low-fat recipes. Yes, it is possible to make it through eight days of Passover without gaining 10 pounds!

Holidays on the Net even has some modern feminist twists on this ancient holiday to share with those of you looking to create some new traditions this year. Of course, if you think you know all there is to know about Passover, you can test your acumen over at our newest feature: Did You Know? It’s chockfull with seventeen facts and figures about Pesach.

Perhaps you are not very familiar with the story and significance of Passover. We welcome you to join us as we uncover the secrets of the seder plate; the significance behind the parable of the Four Sons; and just what Kosher for Passover means anyway!

Do you have young children at home? Help them get ready for the holiday by practicing the Four Questions or enjoying one of the fun activities in our expanded Passover crafts section.

Please take a few minutes to tune into our newest feature: Real Audio Passover, which includes new lectures on preparing for the holiday and understanding its religious significance. And finally, don’t forget to wish your family and friends a Happy Passover with one of our free e-cards.

Passover begins at sundown Monday April 18, 2011. Join us at our celebration – Passover on the Net.

Hag Kasher v’Samech (A Happy and Kosher Passover),

Louie and the Elves
Holidays on the Net

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