The clock is ticking, the day is getting nearer. That’s right, it’s Thanksgiving Day fast approaching. Are you ready for it ? We in the U.S. think of this day as the start of the holiday season, which won’t end until the day after New Years Day.
Employers think of this as la-la time as many employees have something other than work on their minds. First, its’s Thanksgiving, then the Black Friday shopping adventure, followed by Cyber Monday when shoppers go crazy buying on the web. Next, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are the best/worst days of the year depending on your family situation. We top it all off with a New Years Eve celebration to beat all and New Years Day football marathon to kick back. Whew. No wonder it’s call la-la time.
So let us begin at the beginning. Thanksgiving, the busiest travel time for Americans, is November 28 this year (My birthday-no presents please). It’s always the fourth Thursday of November which this month is quite late. A good thing for those who must prepare the meal, but a bad thing for shoppers as their time for shopping has been reduced by about a week.
Now about the turkey, and the trimmings. It’s time to plan the meal to prepare it, or to order it, or to make reservations to visit the host of restaurants that will be serving it to you and your party. That sounds ideal, but does take away the intimacy of the event. Either way, get cookin’. Time is marching on. This year, no last minute preparations. You got this, so just do it. Make this a very…
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In the U.S. Thanksgiving is November 28, the last Thursday in November (Also my birthday). Now is the time to get some decorating ideas percolating. Here are 10 ideas to get you started planning that wonderful get-together. This is the first of a series of ideas.
This would look cute in the middle of all your appetizers! Check it out!
What a great way to say what you’re thankful for! Keep this decoration for years to come! Check it out!
Share what you’re thankful for on pretty tree branches! Take a look!
LOVE this! It’s so simple and pretty and has a personalized touch! See it here!
Old and Rusty turned beautiful! Love this!
Cute and useful! Keep this for many years! See it here!
Make the Thanksgiving Table more fun with this classic! View it here!
Personalize your Thanksgiving! Check it out!
Who would have thought! I love this idea! Find out more!
You can work off of this! I think it’s a fun start! View it here!
Yes ? OK, it’s settled. Let’s all meet up and go trick or treating and later have hot chocolate at my laboratory, uh….home.
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Diwali, Divali, Deepavali or Dipavali is a four to five day-long festival of lights, which is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists every autumn in the northern hemisphere. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolises the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.” Light is a metaphor for knowledge and consciousness. During the celebration, temples, homes, shops and office buildings are brightly illuminated. The preparations, and rituals, for the festival typically last five days, with the climax occurring on the third day coinciding with the darkest night of the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika. In the Gregorian calendar, the festival generally falls between mid-October and mid-November.
The name “Diwali” is actually short for Dipawali (or Deepawali) which refers to the clay lamps (“deepa“) that celebrants arrange in rows (“avali“) outside their homes.
Diwali began in the Hindu religion, but it’s been adopted across Indian culture (much like Christmas has been adopted across American culture). It’s also celebrated in many countries, particularly Asia, although please don’t count out the United Kingdom, whose lavish celebrations of Diwali are among the world’s most colorful (as shown in this photo taken on Diwali in Trafalgar Square).
“Indian sweets and desserts are called mithai and are a staple part of Diwali celebrations,” according to the Independent U.K. Many of the treats are fried foods made from sugar, chickpea flour, and condensed milk.
For more pictures and celebrations, see the following Readers Digest story:
Just in time for Halloween, Whether you’re a believer or not, America’s towns are filled with spooky stories passed down through time. From haunted fortresses to grisly tales of suffering and death, here’s a list of some of the spookiest spots in the US.
A few places to visit if your nerves and heart can stand it !
United Nations Day is devoted to making known to people of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations Organization. United Nations Day is part of United Nations Week, which runs from 20 to 26 October.
by http://www.elcivics.comThe United Nations is an international organization that was established after World War II to keep the world at peace. It is located in New York City, New York. Almost all of the countries of the world belong to the United Nations. It is often called the UN and its role has expanded to include encouraging respect for human rights and reducing poverty. (3 pages)
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