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Holiday Reminder: Purim

Monday, March 14th, 2011

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Holiday Reminder: The Jewish Festival of Purim begins at sundown Saturday March 19, 2011.

For more info please visit our Purim celebration – Purim on the Net

Did You Know? Countdown to St. Patrick’s Day (03/14)

Monday, March 14th, 2011

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Did You Know? Facts, Figures & Folklore About St. Patrick’s Day March 14 : 03 days till St. Pat’s Day

Did you know that leprechauns are traditional Irish folk figures?

Leprechauns are believed to be cranky little fellows responsible for mending the shoes of fairies and causing all sorts of mayhem and mischief.

Legend tells that if you are lucky enough to find a leprechaun, you must be careful not to let the little green guy out of your sight until he tells you where the pot of gold is. You had better be on your toes, though, because leprechauns are known to be cunning and quick – in the blink of an eye, the gold guard will dash out of sight, taking your hopes for good fortune with him.

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

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day so join us as we countdown to St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday March 17, 2011!

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Did You Know? Countdown to Purim (03/14)

Monday, March 14th, 2011

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

Mar 14 : 05 days till Purim

Did you know that Purim is one of the most joyous holidays in the Jewish religion?

So joyous, in fact, that the rabbis have actually commanded adults to get drunk on the holiday of Purim.

Indeed, Jewish law commands that Purim revelers get so intoxicated that they can’t tell the difference between the names of the hero of the Purim story, Mordechai, and its villain, Haman.

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 14) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Pi Day

Monday, March 14th, 2011

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Pi Day
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On 3/14 its a day for celebrating Pi – the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.

Pi Day is celebrated in a variety of ways. Parties or other observances may be held by mathematics departments in educational institutions. Harvard’s Math department, for instance, has a pi recitation contest as well as a pie eating contest. Mathematics or science clubs might gather to consider the role that the number pi has played in their lives and to imagine the world without pi. During such an event, pi celebrants may approximate pi, devise alternative values for pi, eat pie, play pinata, drink Pina Colada, eat pizza (which itself is called pizza pie), listen to the song “Pi” by Kate Bush, watch Pi, or recite Pi. The song 867-5309/Jenny is sometimes sung, replacing the digits with the first several digits of pi.*

*source: wikipedia – Pi Day

Did You Know? Countdown to St. Patrick’s Day (03/13)

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

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Did You Know? Facts, Figures & Folklore About St. Patrick’s Day March 13 : 04 days till St. Pat’s Day

Did you know that the shamrock was viewed as a sacred plant in ancient Ireland?

The shamrock, considered the official plant of Ireland, symbolized rebirth.

Did you know that in the seventeenth century, the shamrock became a symbol of Irish nationalism?

In defending themselves against encroaching English imperialism, many Irish wore a shamrock on their lapel as a symbol of their opposition to English rule.

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

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day so join us as we countdown to St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday March 17, 2011!

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Did You Know? Countdown to Purim (03/13)

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

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

Mar 13 : 06 days till Purim

Did you know that Book of Esther retells the story of Purim, when the Jewish people were spared from a death decree by the King of Persia’s evil advisor, Haman?

The Book of Esther is traditionally written upon a scroll, known as “Megillat Esther“. The megillah is read twice during the holiday — once at night, and once the next morning. Purim, like all Jewish holidays, runs for approximately 25 hours, beginning at sunset.

Did you know that the expression “the whole megillah” comes from the holiday of Purim?

On Purim, the story of Esther is read from a scroll known as a megillah. The whole megillah must be read twice on Purim, once at night and once the following morning

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 13) Today we’re celebrating. . .  Daylight Saving Time

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

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Well its that time of the year again. Time to “Spring Forward” with Daylight Savings Time. So at 2AM Sunday morning set your clocks ahead 1 hour, to 3AM.

Daylight Savings Time ends the first Sunday of November, which would be the 06th (2011).

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