Why Today Is Important: 24th June

This is a special day for my readers in Peru, and for anyone who has Incan ancestry! For today, is Inti Raymi! Inti was the ancient god of the sun, worshipped during the Inca Empire, and today was famously his day to feast with the goddess of the earth, Pachamama. Now, traditionally it was heldContinue reading “Why Today Is Important: 24th June”

Why Today is Important: 11th May

The 11th May marks the beginning of Lag BaOmer, a Jewish festival that historically marks a brief reprieve in the Omer, a period of mourning in Judaism. According to tradition, a long time ago a plague killed thousands of students of the Rabbi Akiva, a significant figure in Judaism. The plague ended on Lag BaOmer,Continue reading “Why Today is Important: 11th May”

Tāwhirimātea, The God of Wind and Storms

On the 7th May I wrote a post about the Maori New Year festival, Matariki, and the legend it stems from. For those who didn’t read the post, the story goes that the god of the sky and his love, the goddess of earth, were separated by their children. The second eldest child, Tāwhirimātea, wasContinue reading “Tāwhirimātea, The God of Wind and Storms”

Matariki

One of the more beautiful New Year celebrations I’ve been fortunate enough to research, Matariki is both the name of the Maori New Year festival, and the star system seen above, known as Pleiades, or The Seven Sisters. When translated, Matariki means: the eyes of God. The story goes that the paternal sky god, Ranginui,Continue reading “Matariki”

Why Today Is Important: 1st May

Today is May Day! And before the term was commonly associated with danger, anyone who heard “May Day” would think of people in bright clothes dancing around a pole with countless ribbons. They’d think of springtime, a new year, and a resounded end to the frost and death of winter. Since Ancient Rome, May DayContinue reading “Why Today Is Important: 1st May”

Why Today Is Important: 1st April

April Fools! In the West we take this day for granted as the day we trick each other, and pull pranks on one-another. Some pranks are harmless, and some are cruel. But why the hell do we do this to each other? Some people believe that April Fools was inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer’s The CanterburyContinue reading “Why Today Is Important: 1st April”

Why Today Is Important: 20th March

It’s Iranian New Year folks! Or Persian New Year, or Nowruz, depending on who you ask. Where I am, we talk about the Western New Year, or Chinese New Year, but we rarely talk about others, which is a shame because Nowruz is really intriguing. Its origins lie in Zoroastrianism, one of the oldest religionsContinue reading “Why Today Is Important: 20th March”

(China-436) March 8, 2020 – A young man in Hong Kong interested in the history of the Jews in China — Getting 2 Know You – China

CAN THE JEWS OF KAIFENG, CHINA, SURVIVE XI JINPING, AS THEY HAVE 1,400 YEARS OF CLOODS, REVOLUTION, AND INTERMARRIAGE? Dwindling community in city in Henan province is threatened by a campaign against ‘unaurthorised religion’ It has an unlikely ambassador in the form of an 18-year-old schoolboy from Hong Kong Etan Smallman SCMP March 8, 2020 […]Continue reading “(China-436) March 8, 2020 – A young man in Hong Kong interested in the history of the Jews in China — Getting 2 Know You – China”

Teachers, Apples, and Netanyahu

There’s something degrading about having food thrown at you. Usually it’ll be something like eggs or tomatoes, but in Israel one woman decided that these soft, breakable foods just didn’t do the trick. So she went for an apple. Zehava Brinish Beck, an Israeli teacher of Ethiopian origin, was sick of Netanyahu and his unfairContinue reading “Teachers, Apples, and Netanyahu”

Can Death Be Eco-Friendly?

Humanity has always sought to commemorate and preserve our loved ones when they die. The problem is, we’re starting to realise just how heavy a price we’re paying in respecting our dead. Our cemeteries take up massive amounts of land, and ridiculous amounts of water in the maintenance. We’re running out of room, and inContinue reading “Can Death Be Eco-Friendly?”

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