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Archive for “Obscure holidays”


Friday 3/30/2007
Earth Calendar

“The Earth Calendar is a daybook of holidays and celebrations around the world.” MORE ➲

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Thursday 3/29/2007
Very Rare Holiday Album

“When the dawn of the MP3 was upon us, I made it my entire mission to search out the worst and most interesting songs I could find. This trickled down to my collection of holiday music. This is a digital album of mostly rare and a few good gems for your festive holiday season.” MORE ➲

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Wednesday 3/28/2007
Kick Butts Day

“KBD is the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids’ annual celebration of youth advocacy, leadership and activism. KBD is a day to stand out, speak up and seize control in the fight against tobacco.” MORE ➲

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Tuesday 3/27/2007
Postmarked Yesteryear: 30 Rare Holiday Postcards

30 Rare Holiday Postcards“Before the telegraph and telephone, before email alerts and instant messaging, people sent postcards when they had something to say. In Postmarked Yesteryear: 30 Rare Holiday Postcards, you will find a selection of the best holiday postcards from the unique art history book, Postmarked Yesteryear: Art of the Holiday Postcard.” VIEW ➲

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Monday 3/26/2007
Vulcanalia

“Vulcanalia, a festival celebrated at Rome in honour of Vulcan, on the 23d of August with games in the circus Flaminius, where the god had a temple. The sacrifice on this occasion consisted of fishes which the people threw into the fire…” MORE ➲

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Friday 3/23/2007
Rare Billie Holiday Music and Footage

Billie Holiday“‘Billie Holiday: The Ultimate Collection,’ is a two CD/one DVD collection of Holiday performances. Included along with many of the singer’s classic songs are some rarely seen appearances of Holiday on 1950s television.” LISTEN ➲

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Thursday 3/22/2007
More Calendra Obscura

“Did you ever notice how Europeans get six weeks of vacation a year? Clearly, what the US high-tech economy needs is a few more holidays to even things out. So here’s our follow up list of new obscure holidays.” MORE ➲

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Wednesday 3/21/2007
“Holiday in Cambodia”

Dead Kennedys“‘Holiday in Cambodia’ was the second single by the Dead Kennedys. The record was released in May of 1980 on Alternative Tentacles with ‘Police Truck’ as the b-side. The title track was re-recorded for the band’s first album, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980), and the version that appeared on this single, as well as the single’s b-side, are available on the rarities album Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death (1987).” MORE ➲

DK was one of my very favorite bands way back when. Still love ‘em. Here’s a live video performance.

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Tuesday 3/20/2007
Lupercalia, the True Origin of St. Valentine’s Day

“February occurred later on the ancient Roman calendar than it does today so Lupercalia was held in the spring and regarded as a festival of purification and fertility. Each year on February 15, the Luperci priests gathered on Palantine Hill at the cave of Lupercal. Vestal virgins brought sacred cakes made from the first ears of last year’s grain harvest to the fig tree.” MORE ➲

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Monday 3/19/2007
Holidays of the ancient Norse

“The ancient Norse knew four major holidays the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes which we call Summer and Winter Finding, and the two solstices which we call Midsummer and Yule. However, there were many other minor festivals and modern Asatru have added even more.” MORE ➲

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Friday 3/16/2007
Saturnalia

“In the Roman calendar, the Saturnalia was designated a holy day, or holiday, on which religious rites were performed. Saturn, himself, was identified with Kronos, and sacrificed to according to Greek ritual, with the head uncovered.” MORE ➲

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Thursday 3/15/2007
Ancient Holidays

“This list of ancient holidays is important to modern Nazoreans who see much truth reflected in ancient pagan myths and practices.” MORE ➲

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Wednesday 3/14/2007
Native American Pow-Wows

“Pow-wow is the Algonquin Indian word for ceremony, but the word holds a different meaning according to each native American Indian tribe. Most were religious or war pow-wows, with ceremonial dancing and sacred rituals. Until this century, non-lndians usually did not participate in the pow-wows.” MORE ➲

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Tuesday 3/13/2007
One Page of U.S. Holidays and Popular Dates

“We’ll start with U.S. Federal Legal Holidays, the most important to know. Why? Many government offices, banks and businesses will be closed.” MORE ➲

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Monday 3/12/2007
Girl Scout Day

Today is “Girl Scout Day:” “Girl Scout Day recognizes and celebrates the Girls Scouts of America. This date celebrates the creation of the first Girl Scout group on March 12, 1912.” MORE ➲

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Friday 3/9/2007
Halloween’s Dark Secret

Halloween may not be weird and obscure to you, but to some people… “One of the gods that was feared and worshiped on this day was Cromm Cruac… a huge idol which stood on the plain of Mag Sleact, the king idol of Ireland. Around him were twelve idols made of stone but he was of gold, and to him the early Irish SACRIFICED ONE THIRD OF THEIR CHILDREN ON SAMHAIN. (Halloween)…” MORE ➲

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Thursday 3/8/2007
Holiday Authenticity

“Holiday Authenticity explanation for Crazy, Unknown, Bizarre, Goofy, Silly, Odd, Respected and Traditional Holidays and Observances Listings…” MORE ➲

They are taking this very seriously.

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Wednesday 3/7/2007
A Once-Obscure Holiday, Purim’s Popularity Soars

“When Christopher Guest entitled the mock movie, at the heart of his new film, ‘Home for Purim,’ he generated six million dollars’ worth of publicity for the relatively unknown Jewish holiday that is celebrated March 3-4. Chabad centers have found creative ways to spread Purim joy to Jewish people around the world.” MORE ➲

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Tuesday 3/6/2007
Local Man Starts Obscure Holiday Club

Al la The Onion: “Frustrated at his co-worker’s lack of enthusiasm over celebrating second-rate holidays local accountant Trevor Podolski recently founded the Puget Sound Obscure Holiday Club (PSOHC). The Renton native credits the dismal response to his latest attempt at hosting a Flag Day Pie Social as giving him the incentive to start the new club on Yahoo!Groups.” MORE ➲

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Monday 3/5/2007
Obscure Holidays You Never Needed to Know About

“Last night, moments before bedtime, my sister informed me that it was National Give a Homemade Gift Day. Not wanting to miss out on the spirit of the holiday, I promptly grabbed a sheet of paper from my printer, crumpled it into a loose ball and presented it to her, saying, ‘Happy National Homemade Gift Day. This is an origami rock, just for you.'” MORE ➲

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Friday 3/2/2007
The Selling of the American Calendar

“…when faced with the difficult task of promoting an anti-incontinence device, the Contigen Bard Collagen Implant, PR firm Hill and Knowlton invented Bladder Health Week. H&K’s client, Bard, teamed up with the Bladder Health Council of the American Foundation for Urologic Disease to help promote the festivities.” MORE ➲

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Thursday 3/1/2007
Bizarre and Unique Holidays

“There is a wealth of bizarre, unique, special and otherwise different holidays and ‘days’. Looking for a wacky day to celebrate, perhaps? There is a day for just about everyone and everything.” MORE ➲

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