The real meaning of Easter, is the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. To Christians, it is the most special day of the year. Yes,the birth of Christ is quite important. But, his resurrection offers the hope of everlasting life to everyone! The Lenten season leading up to Easter Sunday is a time of fasting, sacrifice and prayer. It is the christian way of replicating in a small way what Christ sacrificed for us, both in his fasting and his final death on the cross.
The word "Easter" comes for the Saxon pagan festival, honoring the goddess "Eastre" (also called Oestre). The goddess Eastre's symobl is the rabbit.
Acting on research that showed adolescent girls received less attention than boys, this day was initiated in 1993 by the Ms. Foundation for Women. The intention was to give girls additional direct attention and an insight into work world opportunities available to them. It was to serve the multiple purpose of increased self esteem for young girl,s as well as give them some ideas of the wealth of careers in the world. Thirdly, it allowed them more one-on-one time with mom or dad.
Take your Daughter to Work Day quickly took off and became extremely popular. Girls would go off to work with mom or dad, or even an aunt or uncle. They spend the day seeing just what their sponsor's job involved. It was limited only by the practicality of allowing a youthful, non-employee in a particular job environment. It works well in office environments, but proves impractical in many blue collar factory jobs, or where safety is an issue. Businesses usually support this day, often holding special programs and demonstrations about the company and the jobs offered.
The popularity of Take Your Daughters to Work Day quickly sparked interest by the boys, who felt left out and were required to go to school for the day, while the girls "got the day off". Over several years, more an more parents and employers made this opportunity available to boys as well as girls. While this takes away from the original intent to give more attention to adolescent girls, it has become a valuable and popular career day opportunity for girls and boys alike.
As this day has evolved, it has taken on a number of names, including:
Take our Daughter to Work Day
Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day
Take Your Children to Work Day
Regardless of what you name it, this day is a great teaching opportunity, providing children with an insight into different careers available to them.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, often known as Jazz Fest, is an annual celebration of the music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana. The term "Jazz Fest" also refers to the days surrounding the festival and the many shows at unaffiliated New Orleans nightclubs scheduled during the festival weekends.
Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico.
Bayou Boogaloo is returning to the shore of Bayou St. John in Mid-City May 17- 19th 2019. Join the FREE party as people fill the bayou and enjoy music, food, and arts and crafts from boats, inflatables, and along the shore.
Bring your favorite float and spend your day on the water!
Opa! Spend your Memorial Day Weekend at the New Orleans Greek Festival. The 46th annual festival will take place May 23-May 26, 2019 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral by its congregation, located at 1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
The 2019 theme is Mastika, a unique liqueur seasoned with mastic, a Grecian specialty.
This year’s festival takes place June 1 + 2 at Woldenberg Park. A portion of the proceeds will benefit a number of coastal restoration organizations.
Each year, local restaurants, oyster farmers and fanatics make their way to New Orleans’ French Quarter to celebrate one of the city’s greatest delicacies at Oyster Festival. A summer event, Oyster Festival is two days filled with shucking and slurping, contests, music and fun!
Every year in early June, New Orleans Pride takes place in the French Quarter and celebrates the LGBTQ+ community in the Crescent City and beyond. New Orleans has won accolades such as “Most Welcoming City” from GayCities, and Pride is a perfect event to experience the welcoming nature of New Orleanians.
New Orleans Pride usually includes parades throughout the French Quarter, special events at bars on Bourbon Street and beyond, burlesque shows, dining events, and more.
Come June, Creole tomato dishes begin to appear on restaurant menus, at farmers markets, and at roadside stands. To commemorate the crop’s arrival, the French Market Creole Tomato Festival is held the second weekend of June in the French Quarter.
The French Market Creole Tomato Festival honors Louisiana's produce, farmers and our unique cuisine of which the Creole tomato is a star. The free festival is beloved by locals and visitors alike for its quaint and quirky traditions, such as life-sized tomatoes strolling the grounds handing out tomato shaped fans, and the auctioning off of the first tomatoes of the season to local chefs.
There are also tomato eating contests and a Bloody Mary Market with variations on the popular cocktail.There is music on several stages throughout the French Market, which sponsors the festival. Past performers have included Jon Cleary, the Honey Island Swamp Band, Tab Benoit and more. There are cooking demonstrations, cookbooks for sale and free recipes handed out.
Food booths offer Creole tomato favorites like fried green tomatoes, Creole tomato with shrimp salad, stuffed shrimp with grilled Creole tomato over jasmine rice, Creole tomato basil crepes, Creole tomato gelato, Creole tomato crawfish pies, blooming onion on a bed of Creole tomato and more. Judges roam the festival searching for the "best of the fest,” with vendors competing for most creative, most traditional, tastiest and healthiest dishes.
Succulent tomatoes are essential in many of New Orleans’ popular dishes. Chefs and diners love their versatility and unique flavor. Many French Quarter restaurants offer special dinners in June starring our popular tomato. For more information, visit the French Market's website.
Cajun music and its hybrid offspring, Zydeco, is celebrated every year in June at the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival. This free celebration is held in Armstrong Park, located on North Rampart Street in Treme. There are two stages, delicious seafood, and a crafts fair, making the festival a celebration of dancing and joy.
Visitors can expect top Cajun and Zydeco musicians, Past headliners haveincluded Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, Bruce Daigrepont, Chubby Carrier, Michael Doucet & Beau Soliel, Terrance Simien, the Bluerunners, the Lost Bayou Ramblers and more.
The festival also features crafts of skilled artisans from the Acadiana Region. They sell art, jewelry, hand-carved duck decoys, and more. Further, there is a kids’ tent with crafts for youngsters to enjoy. You can also learn a thing or two at the live cooking demonstrations.
For over 200 years, Cajun music has featured the sounds of fiddles, accordions, guitars, and vocals, typically in French and English, creating its distinct sound. Zydeco music evolved from Cajun, often using the same instrumentation, but includes a washboard, horns, and other instruments. Zydeco also takes influence from R&B, soul, jazz, rock, gospel, and hip-hop.
For more information about the festival, visit www.jazzandheritage.org/cajunzydeco.
This year, ESSENCE celebrates its 25th anniversary with an extraordinary lineup of musicians, special guests, experiences and more.
Presented by Coca-Cola, ESSENCE Festival is the largest celebration of African American music, beauty, health, entrepreneurship and more.
Each July in New Orleans, the Crescent City hosts its own version of Spain’s Encierro de Pamploma. But instead of running from real bulls, New Orleanians gather in the traditional colors of Spain’s bull run and run from New Orleans Roller Derby Girls, who chase runners with plastic bats on their rollerblades.
Thousands of runners gather early in the morning in Downtown New Orleans to participate in the run, wearing all white with a dash of red. After the race, plenty of bars in the Warehouse District remain open all day to keep the festivities going.
Come experience cuisine that delights your palate and is an integral part of the history, fabric and culture of New Orleans. Celebrating dining in “America’s Most Delicious City,” COOLinary New Orleans is once again on the table for the month of August whereby participating restaurants offer specially priced prix fixe menus.
Satchmo SummerFest began as a tribute to one of New Orleans’ most famous native sons, the late Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, to celebrate his 100th birthday. Thousands of people turned out for the first Satchmo SummerFest in 2001 to dance to traditional New Orleans blues and jazz, and to sample the delicious food.
It was so successful that it has become an annual three-day event held on the first weekend of August every year since.
Sponsored by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., the organization that also sponsors the French Quarter Festival and Christmas New Orleans Style, Satchmo SummerFest has evolved into one of the top celebrations in a city internationally renowned for its large-scale festivities. For those who regularly attend the festival, it is the highlight of summer. Satchmo SummerFest is in Jackson Square, right in the heart of the French Quarter. There is a small daily admission fee for adults, but children 12 and under get in free. The admission fee includes a wristband that allows festivalgoers to come and go throughout the day. Outdoor events at SatchmoFest feature live bands on two stages, starring some of New Orleans’ top traditional musicians. Many of them will pay their tributes to Armstrong and his music. Performers have included the Preservation Hall Brass Band,
Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and the Tornado Brass Band.
There are also smaller indoor concerts and performances in the “Back o’ Town” stage within the Louisiana State Museum’s Arsenal nearby. Samplings of New Orleans’ world-famous culinary delicacies are for sale in and around the festival site, while a variety of refreshing beverages keep you cool and hydrated.
In addition to all the lively outdoor music and food, the festival includes “Satchmo Seminars,” indoor seminars and lectures by Armstrong biographers and historians as well as discussions with musicians who have been inspired by him.
The run begins in New Orleans Crescent Park in the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans, just outside of the French Quarter. The runners, with drinks in hand, continue their route through the French Quarter and spend the rest of the day celebrating. Expect a sea of red throughout!
On August 10 2019, hit the streets in your head to toe red attire. Whether you're running or not, the day is filled with fun and excitement. If running isn't your thing, watching from the sidelines is just as fun, and red dresses are still required!
Southern Decadence, a six-day event that occurs every year through Labor Day Weekend, is the largest gay event in New Orleans. The celebrations typically occur throughout the day and night, with special events like parties, parades, and more.
Every year, Southern Decadence has a theme. Themes are typically announced the May before Decadence.
While there are always free street parties, there are weekend passes that Southern Decadence usually offers for admission into special parties, parades, and other programming.
Sponsored by United Nation's World Health Organization (WHO), World Health Day focuses upon a different health theme each year. It is an international event to emphasize and work on important health issues or problems. Many countries around the world participate.
Major activities on world health Day focus upon, awareness, education programs, and fund raising activities to help with the health issue for the year. Countries also work on resolving problems related to the theme.
Today is New Beer's Eve. Sit back and enjoy a bottle or two of suds.
For over a decade (1920-1933), beer and alcohol were banned in the United States. This ban was set in place by the 18th Amendment to the Constitution. The 18th Amendment failed miserably. It was largely ignored. Millions of people turned to making their own bathtub beer and made alcohol in homemade stills. Bootleg beer and alcohol, much if which was smuggled in from Canada, caused the loss of millions of dollars in potential tax revenues.
The 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment. It took effect at 12:01a.m on April 7, 1933. On the evening of April 6th, anxious Americans lined up at breweries and distilleries to purchase legal beer and alcohol at the stroke of midnight. That night, someone coined the term "New Beer's Eve", and a new annual holiday was born!
We hope you thoroughly enjoy New Beers' Eve. Please do so responsibly. If you drink, don't drive.
Traditionally, April Fool's Day is an opportunity for playing jokes or tricks on one another. The stranger and the more absurd the better. The challenge is to carry out a trick that is believable, if only for a little while. Tricks are most successful if played earlier in the day before a person is wise to what is going on. Younger children are also more gullible.
Any tricks or jokes must be harmless and in good taste for the unsuspecting "victim". And, we suggest you think twice before pulling one on the boss, even if he or she is know to be of good humor.
Important: Jokes and gags must be harmless and fun. They must not be dangerous or hurt anyone's feelings. Give your jokes and gags some thought before carrying them out. Then, have fun!
Pecan Day is a rather nutty day. Its a day to celebrate and enjoy popular, tasty pecans. Apparently, someone thought that it was such a great nut, that they created two days to celebrate Pecans. One in March, and the other in April. A little nutty perhaps, but true.
Name the only nut tree native to North America. ... You guessed it........ Pecan trees.
Celebrate Pecan Day and National Pecan Day by cracking open and eating a few pecan nuts. Also, have some of our pecan bread.
Purim is a two day event beginning at sundown on the fourteenth day of Adar, the twelve month of the Jewish calendar.
Every race and religion has their solemn and their festive holidays. Purim is the most festive of the Jewish Holidays. Children dress in costumes and people give gifts. Usually solemn synagogues are turned into festive arenas. Children shake noise makers called "Graggers".
The festive holiday centers around Queen Esther, King Ahasuerus (or Achashverosh), Mordecahi and Haman. The event took place in the Persian Empire in the fifth century, B.C. It is a celebration of a major victory against oppression of the Jews at that time.
Tea for Two Tuesday is established for two or more people to enjoy a cup of tea together. Tea is a very relaxing beverage. And, how much more pleasant it is, when it is enjoyed with others. While the name of this very special day, is Tea for Two Tuesday, we encourage you to have "a spot of tea" with any number of people. Go ahead.... make it a Tea party. The more, the merrier!
Call yourself a "Teetotaler" if you like. But, drinking tea does not make you a Teetotaler. (Sometimes spelled Teatotaler, Tee Totaler and other variations) By definition, a Teetotaler is someone who has sworn off alcohol, often turning to tea as a substitute.
They say variety is the spice of life. We encourage you to try different types of tea today. There is no shortage of tea flavors, some have caffeine, some are caffeine-free.
Please drink responsibly! If your drink tea, you can still drive. And, it is good for you.
Saint Patrick's day is in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland, who brought christianity to the Emerald Isles, as Ireland is known. It is truly a day of celebrating Irish history, ancestry, traditions and customs.
Saint Ptaricks' Day has many symbols and traditons, from shamrocks and leprechauns, to green beer and Corned Beef and Cabbage. Saint Patrick's Day parades are popular in many cities around the U.S. Interestingly, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade did not take place in Ireland. It took place in New York City, in 1762.
Are you Irish, me lads and me lassies?! Well, the saying goes everyone is a little Irish on Saint Patricks's Day.
Roots of Tradition: Saint Patrick's day is held in honor of Saint Patrick, the missionary who brought christianity to the Irish people in the 400's AD.
Erin Go Braugh is perhaps the most common Irish term you will hear. It means "Ireland Forever"
Did You Know? Over 34 million Americans are of Irish descent. That's almost nine times the populaton of Ireland!
National Pi Day celebrates Pi, a mathematical concept and a number that never ends....at least no one and no computer has found the end yet. Often, we round it off to 3.14. If you are a mathematician, this is your day. For National Pi Day is a celebration of mathematics. And, more specifically.... it celebrates "Pi".
Today is the birthday physicist Albert Einstein. Einstein was born on March 14, 1879. The date is also represented as 3.14. We strongly suspect some combination of these two facts is why someone created the day on March 14th. However, "Pi" was around long before Albert Einstein was born.
A Little Pi Day Trivia: On Pi Day in 2004, Daniel Tammet recited 22,514 to digits.
Plant a Flower Day is a day to get a little dirt under your fingernails. Take a few minutes to plant a flower today.
Gardening is a great hobby. It's enjoyed by millions of people, old and young alike. Its a hobby that virtually everyone can participate in, regardless of age, and health. Senior citizens love it, as they can garden long after they give up other hobbies and sports.
Identifying the correct date for celebrating Plant a Flower Day has proved frustrating and a bit futile. As we researched this day, we found multiple dates in March and May for Plant a Flower Day. We found no content sites defining the day, and no written documentation. No one claimed to be the creator of this day either.
Celebrate today by planting or transplanting any kind of plant. It can be done indoors, or weather permitting, outdoors.
Johnny Appleseed Day honors one of America's great legends. Johnny Appleseed was a real person. John Chapman was among the American settlers who were captivated by the movement west across the continent. As Johnny Appleseed travelled west, he planted apple trees along the way, and sold trees to settlers. With every apple tree that was planted, the legend grew.
A Little About the Legend:
John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed) was born on September 26, 1774.
He was a nurseryman who started out planting trees in western New York and Pennsylvania.
During the life of John Chapman, the "West" was places like Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois.
John Chapman was a deeply religious person He was known to preach during his travels.
According to legend, Johny Appleseed led a simple life and wanted little. He rarely accepted money and often donated any money he received.
It is believed that he died on March 11, 1845, from what was referred to as the "winter plague". The actual date of his death has been disputed.
There is a lot of "legend" in stories written about Johny Appleseed. By it's definition, over the years, legends grow bigger than life. It also appears that there is some link between Johny Appleseed and very early Arbor Day celebrations.
Celebrate today with an apple rich menu. Include fresh apples for snacks, and some applesauce or apple pie for dessert. And, make plans to plant an apple tree.
International Women's Day is sponsored worldwide by the United Nations. However, the UN did not originate this special celebration. The roots of this celebration goes back to the late 1800's and early 1900s. It grew from women's socialist movements and early women's trade union groups.
The first International Women's Day was held March 19, 1911. Women socialists and trade unions held an earlier Women's Day on the last Sunday in February, 1908. The event grew from there, and has been celebrated annually since. The focus is upon women workers, and advancing women's rights in the workforce, politics and society.
It's time to party it up, and ....eat!! We’re open!
Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday. It is also known as Mardi Gras Day or Shrove Day. It is a day when people eat all they want of everything and anything they want as the following day is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of a long fasting period for Christians. In addition to fasting, christians also give up something special that they enjoy. So, Fat Tuesday is a celebration and the opportunity to enjoy that favorite food or snack that you give up for the long lenten season.
Nowhere on the planet is Fat Tuesday celebrated more than on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. The day is celebrated with festivities and parades and of course much food and drink. While in New Orleans, a big tradition is in wearing Mardi Gras beads and giving them to others. And tradition requires that if a guy gives a girl some beads, she has to do something for him.....this can be just loads of fun.........
Did You Know? On Bourbon street in New Orleans, store owners coat poles and columns with vaseline to keep wild and rowdy revelers from climbing them (and perhaps falling).