Jews begin the seven day Sukkot festival at sunset on Wednesday night. Families build huts to commemorate the temporary dwellings that the Israelites lived in during their 40 year wandering in the wilderness after leaving Egypt. The festival requires the purchase of the four species, which include a citron, a closed palm, a myrtle branch and a willow branch.
Three winners in different categories won for "the ability to achieve 100 miles per gallon or the energy equivalent (MPGe) and to survive grueling real-world safety, efficiency, emissions, durability and range tests."
Kaparot is a Jewish ritual performed before Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, that is suppose to transfer the sins of the past year to the chicken. Yom Kippur begins at sunset on Friday.
The Eid festival, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, has been declared on September 10th for most parts of the world including Afghanistan. Eid al-Fitr celebrates the purification achieved by a month of sunrise-to-sunset fasting, one of the five pillars of Islam, and is marked by several days of festivities.
Presidents don't simply belong to the country they're elected in. If popular (or unpopular) enough, their image can reach iconic status even halfway across the world. Case in point, President Barack Obama, whose face pops up in some expected, and highly unexpected, places in China.
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama, who expressed approval of the Oval Office's decor when he took office, has had his office redecorated, White House officials said.
The makeover was done while the first family was on vacation, and was completed in time for Obama's address to the nation on Iraq Tuesday evening, The New York Times reported.
Obama is likely to face some flak about the interior decorating, in light of the tough economic times, the Times said. The White House said the bills were being paid by the non-profit group, the White House Historical Association, through a contribution from the committee that paid for Obama's inauguration.
Obama declined to disclose the cost of the redo but said it was "in line" with what his predecessors spent.
Obama has opted for neutral tones, in contrast to the golds and yellows of the George W. Bush administration, the Times said. The new rug -- which replaces a rug with a sunburst motif designed by former first lady Laura Bush -- features the presidential seal surrounded by the following quotations:
"The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself," by President Franklin D. Roosevelt; "The Arc of the Moral Universe Is Long, But It Bends Towards Justice," by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.; "Government of the People, By the People, For the People," by President Abraham Lincoln; "No Problem of Human Destiny Is Beyond Human Beings," by President John F. Kennedy; and "The Welfare of Each of Us Is Dependent Fundamentally Upon the Welfare of All of Us," by President Theodore Roosevelt.
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