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Daily Calendar for Friday, April 15, 2022 | Almanac.com

Daily Calendar for Friday, April 15, 2022

Passover begins at sundown on this day. Passover, or Pesach, is an annual weeklong festival commemorating the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt and slavery. The holiday, which begins on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nissan, derives its name from the passing over of the homes of the Israelite slaves during the tenth plague. Family and friends gather together on the first and second nights of the holiday for the high point of the festival observance, the Seder. During the Seder, which means β€œorder” in Hebrew, the experience of the Exodus is told in story, song, prayer, and the tasting of symbolic foods. Perhaps the most well-known of these foods is the matzoh (flat, crackerlike unleavened bread), which is a reminder of the haste with which the slavesβ€”who had no time to wait for the bread to riseβ€”left Egypt. Read more about Passover here.

Good Friday, also known as Great Friday, Holy Friday, or Sorrowful Friday, is a major Christian observance that commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. It is a time for Christians to reflect upon his suffering and willing sacrifice to atone for the sins of mankind. Churches may offer special services, as well as cover crosses with black cloth as a sign of mourning. For some worshippers, it is a day of fasting.

Good Friday occurs two days before Easter (which celebrates Christ’s resurrection). It is part of Holy Week, which starts with Palm Sunday and ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter. In certain countries, such as Canada, it is an official public holiday. In the United States, a number of states declare this a state holiday.

Traditional foods served on Good Friday include hot cross buns. These spiced sweet buns usually contain currants or raisins and are topped with icing in the shape of a cross.”

Question of the Day

What are some ways that people paid taxes in the past?
In biblical times, taxes were paid with herbs such as anise, and in medieval Europe, people used honey to pay their taxes.

Advice of the Day

To keep a cat at home, rub its paws with butter.

Home Hint of the Day

Every finish has a solvent. For liquid (as opposed to dried) varnish, it’s likely to be turpentine; for shellac, denatured alcohol; for lacquer, lacquer thinner.

Word of the Day

Epact
A number from 1 to 30 that indicates the Moon’s age on January 1 at Greenwich, England; used for determining the date of Easter.

Puzzle of the Day

What happens when it rains cats and dogs?
You have to be careful not to step in a poodle.

Born

  • Leonardo da Vinci (artist) –
  • Bessie Smith (legendary blues singer) –
  • Elizabeth Montgomery (actress) –
  • Emma Thompson (actress) –
  • Emma Watson (actress) –

Died

  • Abraham Lincoln (16th U.S. president) –
  • Jean-Paul Sartre (writer & philosopher) –
  • Greta Garbo (actress) –
  • John Curry (figure skater) –
  • Byron White (Supreme Court justice) –

Events

  • American School for the Deaf founded in Hartford, Connecticut–
  • First state entomologist position approved, New York–
  • President Lincoln called for 75,000 Union militia volunteers–
  • Last day U.S. silver coins allowed to circulate in Canada–
  • Canadian thanksgiving day held after Prince of Wales recovered from serious illness–
  • General Electric Co. is incorporated–
  • R.M.S. Titanic sank in early morning after striking iceberg on April 14th in late evening–
  • First Canadian small penny coin released–
  • Insulin became available for general use–
  • After acquiring franchising rights from the McDonald brothers, Dick and Maurice, Ray Kroc opened his first McDonald’s chain restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois–
  • Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel opened, Virginia-Delmarva Peninsula–
  • First national lottery drawing in Canada–

Weather

  • Tornado in Alabama–
  • Boulder, Colorado, received 76 inches of snow in 24 hours–
  • Tornadoes strike Arkansas and Texas–

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