Archive | September, 2011

First Day of the Month

Tomorrow is Flip Day!

What does the first of the month mean to you?

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Rosh Hashanah

NewyearWhat is Rosh Hashanah?

Translating into “Head of the Year” in Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and commemorates the creation of the world.  Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Ten Days of Repentance, or the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of reflection, prayer and remembrance leading up to Yom Kippur. The Days of Awe are a time to examine and repent your sins and to make amends with anyone you have wronged or harmed during the year.

When is Rosh Hashannah?

Rosh Hashannah is celebrated on the first day of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. Celebrated on a different day each year, Rosh Hashanah falls on September 29 in 2011.

What are Rosh Hashanah customs?

Tashlich is a Rosh Hashanah custom in which Jews say prayers near naturally flowing water before throwing pieces of bread into the water. This symbolizes cleansing the spirit of sins for the New Year. The shofar, or ram’s horn, is also blown on Rosh Hashanah to symbolically awaken and remind people to examine and repent their sins before the day of judgment. Jews also enjoy a special meal consisting of symbolic foods, such as challah bread, honey and pomegranates.  Learn more about what Rosh Hashanah foods symbolize here.

Sources: timeanddate.com, history.com, judaism.about.com

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Ask a Stupid Question Day – September 28

September 28 is Ask a Stupid Question Day!

Ask a Stupid Question Day is your chance to ask all those questions you’ve been holding back because you were scared they might sound stupid. Whether your “stupid” questions arise at school, at work, or in your personal life, don’t be afraid to ask – and not just on Ask a Stupid Question Day!

Don’t have any serious stupid questions? Then just have fun with the holiday and spend the day asking only the stupidest questions you can come up with.

Did You Know…that Ask a Stupid Question Day was created in the 80s by teachers who were tying to encourage their students to ask more questions in class? Well, at least that’s how the story goes according to holidayinsights.com.

 

Source: holidayinsights.com
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Crush a Can Day – September 27

Crushed Chocolatemilk canSeptember 27 is Crush a Can Day!

We’re not sure what the purpose of this holiday is – stress relief, recycling, proving one’s masculinity…For whatever reason you celebrate Crush a Can Day,  get to crushing those empty cans you have lying around!

When you’re done with all your can crushing fun, recycle! Why? Learn more about the benefits of recycling aluminum cans at Earth911.com, then use the site’s search tool to find a recycling center for aluminum cans in your area.

Learn more about aluminum recycling by clicking here.

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, theultimateholidaysite.com
Photo Source: By Theo via Wikimedia Commons
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Johnny Appleseed Day – September 26

ApplesWhat is Johnny Appleseed Day?

Johnny Appleseed Day honors John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed), an early American settler and nurseryman who planted small orchards and individual apple trees as he traveled West in the early 1800s.

Learn more about the legendary Johnny Appleseed by clicking here.

When is Johnny Appleseed Day?

September 26, the anniversary of John Chapman’s birth in 1775.

How do I celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day?

If you live in Indiana or are up for a trip, go to the Johnny Appleseed Festival held in Fort Wayne each year.  This year’s festival will be held on September 17th and 18th, and admission is free. If you can’t make it to Fort Wayne, there are plenty of ways to celebrate and honor Johnny Appleseed right at home. Eat and cook and bake with lots of apples! You can also honor Johnny Appleseed by planting an apple tree or making a plan to plant a tree within the next year.

Find more Johnny Appleseed activities by clicking here.

Sources: holidayinsights.com, americaslibrary.gov
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National Comic Book Day – September 25

September 25 is National Comic Book Day!

Celebrate National Comic Book Day by buying a new comic book, then curl up on the couch and dive in! You can also celebrate by trading comic books with your friends or by tracking down collector’s issues of your favorite comics.

Did You Know…that comic books in the U.S. are divided into different ages? The first comic book era is referred to as “The Platinum Age,” for example. Find out more about comic books and how they are divided by clicking here.

Sources: holidayinsights.com, wikipedia.org
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National Cherries Jubilee Day – September 24

September 24 is National Cherries Jubilee Day!

Cherries jubilee is a dessert consisting of cherries, sugar and liqueur, usually brandy or kirsch. Sound good so far? It gets even better! Cherries jubilee doubles as entertainment for guests, as the mixture is flambeed immediately before serving, then served over vanilla ice cream.

Celebrate National Cherries Jubilee Day by trying out one of the cherry jubilee recipes below for all your friends:

Classic Cherries Jubilee

Easy Cherries Jubilee

 

Sources: punchbowl.com, wikipedia.org
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Autumnal Equinox

LaubBlätter10What is the Autumnal Equinox?

The Autumnal Equinox, or September Equinox, marks the beginning of Fall in the northern hemisphere and Spring in the southern hemisphere. On the Autumnal Equinox, the sun shines directly over the equator and the length of day and night are nearly equal – the only place with exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night is on the Equator.

When is the Autumnal Equinox?

The Autumnal Equinox occurs around September 22 or 23 at a specific time.

Do people celebrate the Autumnal Equinox?

Learn about ancient and modern Autumnal Equinox celebrations, festivities, myths and superstitions here. Then check out National Geographic’s slide show of Autumnal Equinox rituals around the world.

Sources: timeanddate.com
Photo Source: böhringer friedrich via Wikimedia Commons
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When does the Autumnal Equinox occur in 2011?

September 23, 2011 at 9:04 a.m.

Learn more about the Autumnal Equinox by clicking here.

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International Peace Day – September 21

Peace signSeptember 21 is International Peace Day!

Established by the United Nations in 1981, International Peace Day promotes and encourages mankind to work together toward worldwide peace:

The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date.

- International Day of Peace

Your act of peace can be as small as lighting a candle and meditating in silence or as large as organizing a public event, such as a concert or picnic, centered around the theme of peace. Find ideas on how to promote and perform practical acts of peace by clicking here.

 

Sources: internationaldayofpeace.org, holidayinsights.com, theultimateholidaysite.com
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