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(March 19) Today we’re celebrating. . .  Holi

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Holi (Hindu – India)
Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, is one of the most popular and widely observed Hindu holidays. The springtime festival commemorates the triumph of good over evil in Hindu mythology.

This joyous occasion is marked by happy street demonstrations in which people throw colored powder & water on their fellow celebrants.

Holi, the Festival of Colors, is perhaps best understood as a celebration of the colors of unity and brotherhood – as an opportunity to forget differences. The festival does not recognize distinctions of cast, class, creed, color, status or sex. Holi is about bringing people together: employees and employers, men and women, rich and poor, young and old.*

Holi is celebrated for 2 days.

*Source: Holi – The Hindu Festival of Colors

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(March 19) Today we’re celebrating . . .  National Quilting Day

Saturday, March 19th, 2011
Quilting Inspirations by zigeunerweisen

National Quilting Day
If you are a quilter, novice or veteran, today is your opportunity to come together with other quilters to share your love of this great ancient artform.

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Holiday Reminder: Passover

Friday, March 18th, 2011


Holiday Reminder:
The 1st night of the Jewish holiday of Passover begins in 1 month, Monday April 18th 2011 (@ sundown).

Visit our Passover celebration for more holiday fun and information.

Did You Know? Countdown to Purim (03/18)

Friday, March 18th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore About the Jewish Holiday of Purim

Mar 18 : 01 day till Purim

Did you know that hamantashen are a three cornered pastry filled with poppy seed or fruit (jam) that are served on Purim?

The cookies are named for the three-cornered hat that Haman wore. In Hebrew, hamantashen are called oznei haman, or Haman’s ears. (Hamantashen recipes).

The most festive of Jewish holidays, Purim is a time of noisemakers, costumes and tasty treats. The Festival of Purim commemorates a major victory over oppression and is recounted in the Megillah, the scroll of the story of Esther. Purim begins at sundown on Saturday March 19, 2011.

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to Purim! So stop by again tomorrow.

(March 18) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Awkward Moments Day

Friday, March 18th, 2011


Awkward Moments Day
What is an Awkward Moment?

It is that brief moment in time when we feel inept, embarassed, unsure, or uneasy. They are those brief seconds which seem like minutes and those minutes which seem like hours. It is the time we lose some of our lofty self image. It is that humbling period of time when confidence is replaced by uncertainty and the arrogant become mere mortals again.

all thumbs, amateurish, artless, blundering, bulky, bumbling, bungling, butterfingers, coarse, floundering, gawky, graceless, incompetent, inelegant, inept, inexpert, klutzy, lumbering, maladroit, oafish, rude, skill-less, stiff, stumbling, uncoordinated, uncouth, unfit, ungainly, ungraceful, unhandy, unpolished, unrefined, unskilled, unskillful*

*source: Dictionary.com
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(March 17) Today we’re celebrating . . .  St. Patrick’s Day

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

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St. Patrick’s Day
Celebrating the patron saint of Ireland, its said that on St. Patrick’s Day everyone is Irish! The day is celebrated worldwide with parades, green beer and parties!

Kiss Me I’m Irish buttons will be everywhere and wearing the color of the Irish – green – has become ‘de rigeur.’ The color is found everywhere today, with green hair making a big showing, as well as green food – bagels, McDonald’s milk shakes, and of course green beer.

And while some cities paint the traffic stripes of their parade routes green, Chicago will be dying its river green. Savannah GA turns its downtown city fountains green and in Indianapolis the Central Canal will be green.

And don’t forget to visit our St. Patrick’s Day celebration – St. Patrick’s Day on the Net.

Did You Know? Countdown to Purim (03/17)

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore About the Jewish Holiday of Purim

Mar 17 : 02 days till Purim

Did you know that Jewish people also have a custom to give friends and family members food baskets specially prepared with at least two different types of ready-to-eat foods?

Known as “Mishloach Manot“, the rationale behind this custom is likely linked to another tradition — having a feast in the late afternoon. The baskets ensure that everyone has enough food to eat at the Purim feast.

The most festive of Jewish holidays, Purim is a time of noisemakers, costumes and tasty treats. The Festival of Purim commemorates a major victory over oppression and is recounted in the Megillah, the scroll of the story of Esther. Purim begins at sundown on Saturday March 19, 2011.

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to Purim! So stop by again tomorrow.

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