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Did You Know? Countdown to Chinese New Year (01/29)

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
about the Chinese New Year

Jan. 29 : 05 Days to Chinese NY

Did you know that youngsters traditionally receive a gift of money from their parents or other elders on Chinese New Year?

The money, an omen of good luck for the coming year, is presented in a red envelope decorated with gold symbols of good fortune. Called Lai See, a red envelope is also traditionally given to couples on their wedding day and to children on their birthdays.

From Bangkok to New York’s Chinatown, the Chinese New Year is the pinnacle celebration for billions of Chinese people around the world. The Chinese New Year is the most important and elaborate holiday in Chinese culture. More than any other Chinese holiday, the New Year stresses the importance of familial ties. Whether it’s family gatherings or citywide celebrations, the New Year is a time rich in traditions and ancient superstitions

Chinese New Year 2011, the Year of the Rabbit, begins on February 03rd and continues for 15 days, through the end of the full moon.

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(January 29) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Freethinker’s Day / Thomas Paine Day

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Freethinker’s Day / Thomas Paine Day
Observing the birthday of Thomas Paine, the author of Common Sense which advocated the independence of the American Colonies.

Did You Know? Countdown to Chinese New Year (01/28)

Friday, January 28th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
about the Chinese New Year

Jan. 28 : 06 Days to Chinese NY

Did you know that the Chinese New Year lasts for 15 days ?

The holiday begins on the new moon of the first lunar month of the year. It continues through the start of the full moon. The biggest celebrations during the festival are on the eve of the first day and the last full day.

From Bangkok to New York’s Chinatown, the Chinese New Year is the pinnacle celebration for billions of Chinese people around the world. The Chinese New Year is the most important and elaborate holiday in Chinese culture. More than any other Chinese holiday, the New Year stresses the importance of familial ties. Whether it’s family gatherings or citywide celebrations, the New Year is a time rich in traditions and ancient superstitions

Chinese New Year 2011, the Year of the Rabbit, begins on February 03rd and continues for 15 days, through the end of the full moon.

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(January 28) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Fun at Work Day

Friday, January 28th, 2011


Fun at Work Day
A day to bring some fun and humor into that dull, boring, cubically challenged job of yours. Remember a happy employee is a productive employee.

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Holiday Reminder: Chinese New Year 2011

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

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Holiday Reminder:
Chinese New Year will be celebrated next week, Thursday February 03rd, 2011.

For more info visit our Chinese New Year celebration – Chinese New Year on the Net.

Did You Know? Countdown to Chinese New Year (01/27)

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
about the Chinese New Year

Jan. 27 : 07 Days to Chinese NY

Did you know that preparation for the Chinese New Year begins the month before with a special day known as the Sweeping of the Grounds?

Chinese fastidiously clean their homes and business in preparation of the holiday. They also hang red scrolls on their gates to usher in good fortune.

From Bangkok to New York’s Chinatown, the Chinese New Year is the pinnacle celebration for billions of Chinese people around the world. The Chinese New Year is the most important and elaborate holiday in Chinese culture. More than any other Chinese holiday, the New Year stresses the importance of familial ties. Whether it’s family gatherings or citywide celebrations, the New Year is a time rich in traditions and ancient superstitions.

Chinese New Year 2011, the Year of the Rabbit, begins on February 03rd and continues for 15 days, through the end of the full moon.

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(January 27) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Thomas Crapper Day

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

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Thomas Crapper Day

Yes its true. Today we celebrate the man behind the porcelain throne – Thomas Crapper.

Though credited by many as the inventor of the flush toilet, Crapper was not, but he did popularize the WC (water closet).

He was a shrewd businessman, salesman and self-publicist. In a time when bathroom fixtures were barely spoken of, he heavily promoted sanitary plumbing and pioneered the concept of the bathroom fittings showroom*

Crapper did hold numerous patents that helped modernize indoor plumbing. His company, Thomas Crapper & Co. Ltd., is still creating reproductions of his original designs.

BTW – About the word Crap …

…is old in the English language, one of a group of nouns applied to discarded cast offs, like “residue from renderings” (1490s) or … probably extended from Middle English crappe “chaff, or grain that has been trodden underfoot in a barn” (c. 1440), deriving ultimately from Late Latin crappa, “chaff.”

Yet another purported explanation is that Crapper’s flush toilet advertising was so widespread that “crapper” became a synonym for “toilet” and people simply assumed that he was the inventor.*

photo credit: public domain (via wikipedia)
*link: wikipedia – Thomas Crapper

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