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Happy Easter! 3 April 2010

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The Name
The name Easter comes from Eastre, Happy Easter! an ancient Anglo-Saxon goddess of the dawn. Some of the Easter customs observed today have come from annual spring festivals held in her honour.

The Origins
Other customs have originated from the Passover feast of the Jews which is to celebrate their deliverance from Egypt. The resurrection of Jesus took place during the Passover.

The Date
Since A.D. 325 Easter has been celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox (first day of Spring). In that year emperor Constantine issued the Easter Rule according to which Easter must be celebrated on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25.

Symbols
There are plenty of Easter symbols and customs which have pagan beginnings:

Easter Lilly
Lillies have long been a holy symbol of reproduction in many pagan societies. Christians consider the white lilly a symbol of the Resurrection.

The Easter Bunny
The rabbit was the earthly symbol of the goddess Eastre worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons. The symbol of the Easter rabbit was brought to America by the Germans but it was only after the Civil War when other American Christians began to celebrate Easter and recognize the symbol.

The Easter Egg
The egg had long been a symbol of rebirth in many cultures before Easter was first celebrated by Christians. They were boiled with the leaves or petals of flowers to give them different colours.

Nowadays, children have lots of fun trying to find Easter eggs hidden by their parents around the house or in the garden.

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Happy New Year! 30 December 2009

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The New Year’s Day
New year’s day wasn’t always celebrated on January 1. The Gregorian calendar reform restored the day as the new year’s day in 1582. Most Catholic countries adopted the new calendar almost immediately, but Protestant countries did it gradually. For example, it wasn’t adopted by the British until 1752 and before then the British Empire and their American colonies celebrated the new year in March.

The New Year’s Resolutions
Nevertheless, people have always been looking back to the past on the New Year’s Eve and – even more importantly – forward to the future. The coming year is a time to think of the changes we want to make in our lives to make them better.

The Top Ten Resolutions
Have you ever thought about what people want to improve in their lives most? See what the top ten New Year resolutions are and check if yours are on the list. On New Year’s Eve people resolve to:

1. Spend more time with family & friends
2. Exercise more
3. Lose weight
4. Quit smoking
5. Enjoy life more
6. Quit drinking
7. Get out of debt
8. Learn something new
9. Help others
10. Get organized

What do YOU resolve?
And what are your New Year resolutions? You can now choose and vote for one of the top 10 resolutions or add your own to the poll! How about “Think English more”…?

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010!

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More about top 10 New Year resolutions you can read here:
TOP 10 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS.

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Merry Christmas! 23 December 2009

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A note on the history of Christmas
We celebrate Christmas on December 25 each year, but do you know when this holiday was celebrated for the first time? Well, this tradition wasn’t known until 336 A.D. which means that this year it’s going to be celebrated for the 1673rd time! Its original main idea was to honour the birth of Jesus which later gradually changed into a family tradition celebrated around the world rather than solely religious holiday.

Christmas tree
The spirit of holiday joy and cheer includes a lot of traditions observed by many, such as Christmas trees, Santa Claus, singing Christmas carols, kissing under the mistletoe or sending Christmas cards to those near and dear to you. Do you know when and where the tradition of decorating Christmas trees started? It was in 16th century Germany (BTW it was the Tudor times in England) and the person responsible for the first Christmas tree was supposedly Martin Luther. While on his way home on a Christmas Eve he admired the bright, starry sky and wanted to bring some of the beauty home for his children. He decorated a large evergreen with glowing candles which happened to be such a wonderful idea that we still do the same even today.

Santa Claus
The figure of Santa Claus originated from St. Nicholas (living in the 4th century A.D.) and the concept of giving Christmas gifts was inspired by his generosity. He used to throw gifts through windows to make children and the poor happy. Soon after Dutch immigrants brought the tradition to America in the 1600s (they called the Saint “Sinter Klaas”), Americans adopted it, calling the Saint “Santa Claus”. Later the image of Santa evolved into the fat, jolly man dressed all in red, travelling around the world with a team of flying reindeer.

Christmas Cards
If you like sending and receiving Christmas cards, you might be curious to know when and where this tradition began. It started in England in 1843, but the first Christmas card was printed in the United States in 1875, in Massachusetts. Nowadays so many people around the world send Christmas cards that the industry has become a multibillion dollar business.

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Happy Thanksgiving! 25 November 2009

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Hardly is it possible to imagine Thanksgiving Day today without a big fat turkey on the table, and everyone knows – or at least they think, they do – that it was the Pilgrims who first started the tradition. And yet, surprisingly perhaps, the first Thanksgiving was not celebrated by the Pilgrims.

In fact, Thanksgiving Day has been celebrated in one way or another throughout history by cultures around the world. In today’s America people take the fourth Thursday of November to appreciate all that we have to be thankful for.

As care2.com says (in their e-card newsletter):

Animist tribes believed that plants and animals had spirits which were angered by the harvest. To appease these spirits, tribes would make offerings which often included elaborate festivals. These ceremonies provided the foundation for today’s Thanksgiving Day holiday.

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