Purim begins at sundown on March 7, 2012 and continues through March 8, 2012.
This festival celebrates the people of ancient Persia surviving the Prime Minister Haman’s plot to exterminate all Jews in a single day.
The tradition includes reading the story of Esther, donating to charity, giving food to friends and enjoying a festive meal with loved ones.
City Market will provide a Sap to Syrup hands on activity at the Burlington Winter Market at Memorial Auditorium, Main Street, Burlington, Saturday, March 17, 2012, 10am to 2pm. No fee.
Tasting and making maple smoothies by bike power are included.
Daffodil Days is an annual fund raising program for the American Cancer Society.
This examiner will be volunteering the weekend of March 17-18, 2012 and the daffodils will be distributed in the weeks following.
Vermont Maple Open House Weekend, Saturday & Sunday, March 24 & 25, 2012, is a special time in Vermont where maple produces open their sugarhouses to the public.
Most have tasting and other fun activities, such as sugar on snow, walking through the sugarbush, and trying various maple treats.
Shelburne Explorers 4-H Pancake Breakfast, Saturday & Sunday, March 24 & 25, 2012, 9am–12 pm.
Located at the McClure Center for School Programs at Shelburne Farms, Harbor Road, Shelburne. Fee is $8/adult, $4/child to support the Explorers 4-H Dairy project.
Activities available tours of the sugarbush, sugarhouse, storytelling and games.
Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day, April 3, 2012, noon – 8pm, Scoop Shops in Burlington, Church Street and Davis Center at UVM. Waterbury, Scoop Shop at the Ben & Jerry’s Factory.
Other Vermont locations include Rutland and Manchester.
Passover begins at sundown on April 6, 2012 and continues for 8 days. This holiday commemorates the Israelites being freed from slavery in ancient Egypt.
No leavened bread or products are eaten during Passover.
The first two nights a Seder dinner is held, matzo (unleavened cracker) is eaten and bitter herbs (to remind one of the bitter times of slavery.)
Drinking wine or grape juice to celebrate freedom, and the retelling of the story of the Exodus from Egypt.
Passover Service suggestions:
Ohavi Zedek Synogogue, located in Burlington.
Palm Sunday is April 1, 2012
Easter is April 8, 2012 this is the Christian holiday celebrating Jesus being resurrected.
The week between Palm Sunday and Easter commemorates the last days of Jesus’ life, including Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
This examiner’s favorite service is the Sunrise Service on Easter Morning. It is very symbolic and moving.
Easter Service suggestions:
Stowe Mountain Sunrise Service
Malletts Bay Congregational Church
College Street Congregational Church
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