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  • What is Halloween?

    Americans love Halloween: the candy, the costumes, and the creepy decor. But as beloved as the holiday is in the states, it didn’t originate here. In fact, the history of Halloween dates back thousands of years to the Celtic celebration of Samhain, a festival that marked the end of the harvest and the start of a new year. The day was also said to be a time when the veil between the living and the dead was the thinnest, and when humans could communicate with those beyond the grave. The pagan and Christian occasions hadn’t always been back to back, though. Until the 7th century CE, All Hallows Eve fell actually on May 13. Perhaps to offset the occasion with a religious celebration, Pope Boniface IV ultimately made the call to change the observance to its current November 1 date. Scottish poet Robert Burns helped to popularize the word “Halloween” with his 1785 poem of the same name. So where does the name itself come from? According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, it’s actually two words smashed together. “Hallow” — or holy person — refers to the saints celebrated on All Saints’ Day, which is November 1. The “e en” part of the word is a contraction of “eve” — or evening before. So basically, Halloween is just an old-fashioned way of saying “the night before All Saints’ Day” — also called Hallow mas or All Hallows’ Day. Pope Gregory IV changed it to the current date in 837, His reasons were unclear, although influence from Celtic factions of the church and the fact that it makes sense to commemorate death during the fall are possibilities. Click here to get my free Holiday Word search Puzzles book #coloring pages of pumpkins, #bats, #Superheroes, #spiders, #witches, #ghosts. #Halloween Coloring Pages #Halloween Activity book.

  • What is the Omer counting?

    The omer refers to the 49-day period between the second night of Passover (Pesach) and the holiday of Shavuot. This period marks the beginning of the barley harvest when, in ancient times, Jews would bring the first sheaves to the Temple as a means of thanking God for the harvest. The word omer literally means “sheaf” and refers to these early offerings. The counting of the omer begins on the second night of Passover. Jews in the Diaspora generally integrate this counting into the second Seder. The omer is counted each evening after sundown. An Ancient Custom In Leviticus, the third book of the Torah, it says: "You shall count... from the day that you brought the omer as a wave offering" (23:15). "Omer" is a Hebrew word that means "sheaves of a harvested crop" and in ancient times Jews brought the omer to the Temple as an offering on the second day of Passover. The Torah tells us to count seven weeks from the bringing of the Omer until the evening of Shavuot, hence the custom of counting the Omer. Lag BaOmer Celebrations Lag BaOmer is a holiday that takes place on the 33rd day during the Omer count. It's a celebration of the anniversary on which Rabbi Shimon bar Yochi, a 2nd-century sage, revealed the secrets of the Zohar, a Kaballah text of mysticism. Restrictions are put on hold for the day and people can throw parties and weddings, listen to music and get their hair cut. Families go on picnics and in Israel, the tradition includes bonfires and field trips in which kids play with bows and arrows. Although Jews no longer bring omer to the Temple, the 49 days are still called "the Omer." Many kabbalists (Jewish mystics) saw it as a period of preparing oneself to receive the Torah by reflecting on how to become a better person. We commemorate receiving the Torah 49 days after Passover on Shavuot, To get my free book click here # Omer Counting #49 days of Omer counting# Omer Counting Coloring Pages. #Jewish Holiday.

  • Review for Gertrude and Toby's Friday Adventure (Gertrude and Toby #1)

    In this book, Gertrude the goat and Toby the turtle are best friends. They live on a farm, and they are looking for adventures. They decide to go to the market to get candy. On the way, they meet some characters from some other children’s fairy-tales. This is a great book for the kids, the story is exciting and flowing. The illustration is beautiful. This Is the first book of a series. I recommend this book for kids ages 4-7 Shari Tharp is a graduate of San Diego State University and a former teacher. She currently lives in Southern California with her husband and son. Her debut book, GERTRUDE AND TOBY'S FRIDAY ADVENTURE, won a silver medal IPPY award for Best Illustrated Ebook. The next two books in the series, GERTRUDE AND TOBY SAVE THE GINGERBREAD MAN and GERTRUDE AND TOBY MEET THE WOLF, were released in late 2016. In addition to writing, Shari enjoys hiking, biking, and relaxing on the beach with a good book. Click here to Order the book for free on Amazon

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  • Travel with Number 10 gift | mybooks

    Get my gift book-Travel with Number 10 and join my email newsletter. Let your children travel with the numbers by giving them our amazing book “Travel with number 10”. Number 10 will take your kid to the journey from New York to Boston to Niagara Falls to other interesting places. This book is the third in the series “The Adventures of the Numbers”. This book makes math fun for kids. It is an educational book. It can also be read as a bedtime story. This book is for ages four to seven. Kids can learn about math and social study. Click here!

  • Holidays gift | mybooks

    In this gift book, I would like to present the different holidays thru word search game. Those pages are part of my Holidays Activity books for kids. Those books is related to the activities that take place during the holidays. It gives a brief description of the holiday and all the things related to this event in a symbolic way, the books are perfect to learn about those events. Click here and stay in touch

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