Monday, August 25, 2008

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15-October 15

Today, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 44 million people in the United States are of Hispanic origin.

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18.

The term Hispanic, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers to Spanish-speaking people in the United States of any race. On the 2000 Census form, people of Spanish/Hispanic/Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or "other Spanish/Hispanic/Latino." More than 35 million people identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino on the 2000 Census.

Ramadan begins

Ramadan, September 1-30

As the holy month of Ramadan begins, Muslims in America come together in mosques, on university campuses and in homes to observe the season of introspection and celebration.

During Ramadan, disagreements are put aside in the spirit of fellowship, and Muslims refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours and break their fast at nightly iftar dinners at sunset. Iftar dinners are often community gatherings at which Muslims invite family and friends to join in the festive meal.

Ramadan concludes with Eid al-Fitr, a special break-the-fast meal, on September 30.


New books in AC Tetovo

  1. Deception Point by Dan Brown
  2. The Codex by Douglas Preston
  3. Chill Factor by Sandra Brown
  4. Fire Sale by Sara Paretsky
  5. The Thief Lord by Carnelia Funke
  6. Ann of Green Gables(the whole complete) by L.M. Montgomery
  7. Nightmare Mountain by Peg Kehret
  8. Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
  9. The Road to Memphis by Mildred D. Taylor
  10. The Hostage by Theodore Taylor
  11. Shadowmaker by Joan Lowery Nixon
  12. Jody by Doborah Kent
  13. Missing Pieces by Norma Fox Mazer
  14. Flight #116 is down! By Caroline B. Cooney
  15. Like Some Kind of Hero by Jan Marino
  16. Who is Eddie Leonard? by Harry Mazer
  17. Sunburn by R.L. Stine
  18. Die Softly by Christofer Pike

*A big thanks to the Peace Corps Volunteers for the book donation*

Labour Day

Labor Day is a national holiday that is over 100 years old. Over the years, it has evolved from a purely labor union celebration into a general "last fling of summer" festival.

It grew out of a celebration and parade in honor of the working class by the Knights of Labor in 1882 in New York. In 1884, the Knights held a large parade in New York City celebrating the working class. The parade was held on the first Monday in September. The Knights passed a resolution to hold all future parades on the same day, designated by them as Labor Day.

Today, Labor Day is observed not only in the U.S. but also in Canada, and in other industrialized nations.

It has come to be recognized in the U.S. not only as a celebration of the working class, but even more so as the unofficial end of the summer season. In the northern half of the U.S. at least, the summer vacation season begins with Memorial Day and ends with Labor Day.

Many colleges and some secondary and elementary schools begin classes immediately after Labor Day.


Monday, August 18, 2008


dear memebers and friends!

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