The word shamrock is derived from the Irish word ‘seamrog’, which means little clover. Shamrocks, more definitively, are the plant species Trifolium repensa. This plant is a three-leafed white clover that grows primarily in Ireland during the summer season. Shamrocks grow from bulbs and they bloom with a white flower. Shamrocks are classified as weeds, but like the thistle they are beloved weeds that symbolize a nation’s heritage. Shamrocks can be kept as houseplants, but should be trimmed back and stored in a cool dark place periodically because shamrocks need a dormant season to thrive indoors. [Read more…]
Mother’s Day as we know it, is a modern creation, in an interesting twist of events the person most responsible for it’s creation, eventually ended up protesting it and tried to have it abolished. Anna Jarvis, who most historians credit with being the creator of Mother’s Day, ended up hating the holiday she was instrumental in creating. She felt the holiday had become too commercial and spent the last 25 years of her life protesting against it. She was arrested numerous times for disturbing the peace, and in 1923 she was arrested for crashing a candy makers convention in Philadelphia. In 1948, shortly before her death she gave an interview where she stated that she ” wished she would have never started the day because it had became so out of control …” [Read more…]
While many people exchange gifts on Valentine’s Day it is one of the holidays that has a particularly short shopping time. Most people only shop for Valentine’s Day gift between February 1st and February 14th, which makes on time delivery difficult for many online merchants. While chocolate, flowers and jewelry are the gifts most commonly associated with this holiday people recently have started to branch out giving more personal and unique gifts. If you are looking for suggestion be sure to visit any of gift giving guides.
Here is some Thanksgiving Trivia for you to enjoy
The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 between the Wampanoag Indians and Colonists at Plymouth.
A female turkey is called a hen, while a male turkey is called a tom.
Benjamin Franklin lobbied to have a turkey chosen as our national bird instead of the eagle.
Only male turkeys gobble female turkeys peep.
The average turkey has between 3000 and 4000 feathers.
North Carolina produces the most turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner.
Wild turkeys can run at approximately 25 miles per hour and can fly at nearly 55 miles per hour.
Over 90% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving.
The piece of skin that hangs from a turkey’s neck is called a snood.
People born in the year of the snake are usually very intelligent and usually never have money problems. However they are also often quite vain, selfish and stingy. They tend to rely on their own judgment instead of that of others. In romance they can be very fickle which often leads to marital problems.
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Celebrating without Saint Patrick’s Day music is like a morning without sunshine. Fortunately, no matter what your age or walk of life, there is more than likely some Irish music that is right up your alley. [Read more…]
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah is one of the largest celebrations in the country. All across the U.S., there are parades and festivities in honor of Saint Patrick, but Savannah’s lasts the better part of a week, takes over the whole town, and has been going strong since 1813. There are family friendly events as well as irish beer, so whatever kind of St. Patrick’s Day celebration you are looking for will be out there. Here are just a few things you may want to check out if you’re in the area around March 17: [Read more…]
Good Friday is celebrated on the Friday before Easter. This day is in remberance of crucifixion Jesus endured on the cross. When the word good entered the English language it was initially only used in association with god
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The King of Mardi Gras is chosen by the krewe of rex. In the 1970’s local leaders passed ordinances limiting when and how many floats could be in the parade. The most famous parade at Mardi Gras is the Rex parade, which occurs on fat Tuesday, the last day before lent. The Rex Krewe chooses a community member, or local civic leader, which has helped the town, and that person is King of Mardi Gras , the highest honor you can have for the parade.