Yearly Archives: 2020

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — November 2020 — Free to Download

November is the eleventh and penultimate month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, the last of four months to have a length of 30 days, and the last of five months to have a length of less than 31 days. November was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar. November retained its name, despite novem coming from the Latin for “nine,” when January and February were added to the Roman calendar.
Flower: Chrysanthemum
Birthstone: Topaz

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – All Saints’ Day (Christian)
1 – Day of the Dead (Mexico)
1 – Daylight Saving Time Ends
2 – All Souls’ Day (Christian)
3 – Election Day
11 – Remembrance Day (Australia, Canada)
11 – Veterans Day
14 – Diwali (Hindu)
20 – Universal Children’s Day
26 – Thanksgiving
29 – Advent Begins
30 – Full Moon, 4:30 am EST

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Mac Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then Ctrl+click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your System Preferences to change the desktop.

Windows Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then right-click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your Personalization Settings to change the desktop.

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Día de los Muertos: November 1–2

Fascination with the Morbs © Cynthia Frenette from our Day of the Dead 2021 wall calendar. Click for more info.

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is not a Mexican version of Halloween.

Though related, the two annual events differ greatly in traditions and tone. Whereas Halloween is a dark night of terror and mischief, Day of the Dead festivities unfold over two days in an explosion of color and life-affirming joy. Sure, the theme is death, but the point is to demonstrate love and respect for deceased family members. In towns and cities throughout Mexico, revelers don elaborate makeup and costumes, hold parades and parties, sing and dance, and make offerings to lost loved ones.

Day of the Dead originated several thousand years ago with the Aztec, Toltec, and other Nahua people, who considered mourning the dead disrespectful. For these pre-Hispanic cultures, death was a natural phase in life’s long continuum. The dead were still members of the community, kept alive in memory and spirit—and during Día de los Muertos, they temporarily returned to Earth. Today’s Día de los Muertos celebration is a mash-up of pre-Hispanic religious rites and Christian feasts. It takes place on November 1 and 2—All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day on the Catholic calendar—around the time of the fall maize harvest.

Literary Calaveras
Calavera means “skull.” But during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, calavera was used to describe short, humorous poems, which were often sarcastic tombstone epitaphs published in newspapers that poked fun at the living. These literary calaveras eventually became a popular part of Día de los Muertos celebrations. Today the practice is alive and well. You’ll find these clever, biting poems in print, read aloud, and broadcast on television and radio programs.

The Calavera Catrina
In the early 20th century, Mexican political cartoonist and lithographer José Guadalupe Posada created an etching to accompany a literary calavera. Posada dressed his personification of death in fancy French garb and called it Calavera Garbancera, intending it as social commentary on Mexican society’s emulation of European sophistication. “Todos somos calaveras,” a quote commonly attributed to Posada, means “we are all skeletons.” Underneath all our manmade trappings, we are all the same.

In 1947 artist Diego Rivera featured Posada’s stylized skeleton in his masterpiece mural “Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park.” Posada’s skeletal bust was dressed in a large feminine hat, and Rivera made his female and named her Catrina, slang for “the rich.” Today, the calavera Catrina, or elegant skull, is the Day of the Dead’s most ubiquitous symbol.

Altars
The centerpiece of the celebration is an altar, or ofrenda, built in private homes and cemeteries. These aren’t altars for worshipping; rather, they’re meant to welcome spirits back to the realm of the living. As such, they’re loaded with offerings—water to quench thirst after the long journey, food, family photos, and a candle for each dead relative. If one of the spirits is a child, you might find small toys on the altar. Marigolds are the main flowers used to decorate the altar. Scattered from altar to gravesite, marigold petals guide wandering souls back to their place of rest. The smoke from copal incense, made from tree resin, transmits praise and prayers and purifies the area around the altar.

Source: National Geographic by Logan Ward


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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — October 2020 — Free to Download

October is the tenth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars. It is the sixth of seven months to have a length of 31 days. Originally the eighth month in the old Roman calendar, October retained its name—from the Latin ôctō meaning “eight”—after January and February were inserted to bring the calendar to 12 months.
Flower: Marigolds
Birthstone: Opal, Tourmaline

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Full Moon, 5:05 pm EDT
1 – Mid-Autumn Festival (Asian)
2 – Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday
3 – Sukkot Begins (Jewish)
11 – Simchat Torah (Jewish)
12 – Columbus Day Observed
12 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day
12 – Thanksgiving (Canada)
17 – Navaratri (Hindu)
18 – Birth of the Báb (Bahá’í)
19 – Birth of Bahá’u’lláh (Bahá’í)
24 – United Nations Day
31 – Full Moon, 10:49 am EDT
31 – Halloween
31 – Samhain (Pagan/Wiccan)

See download tips and system instructions below:

Mac Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then Ctrl+click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your System Preferences to change the desktop.

Windows Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then right-click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your Personalization Settings to change the desktop.

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Artist Spotlight — Flora Bowley: Creative Revolution

Flora BowleyAmber Lotus Publishing is excited to welcome Flora Bowley to our family. Flora is a painter, pioneer, gentle guide, and author of two books, Brave Intuitive Painting and Creative Revolution.

Blending more than twenty years of professional painting experience with her background as a yoga instructor, healer, and lifelong truth seeker, Flora’s soulful approach to the creative process, along with her books, international retreats, and online courses, has sparked a holistic movement in the intuitive art world by encouraging thousands of people to courageously pick up a paintbrush.

Flora believes that creativity holds the power to awaken, empower, heal, and transform, and her work reminds us that all humans are born with infinite wells of creative expression just waiting to be tapped and remembered.

Flora lives and creates in Portland, Oregon. Her vibrant paintings can be found in galleries and shops and are printed on unique products around the world.

Find out more about Flora at florabowley.com.

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — September 2020 — Free to Download

September is the ninth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, the third of four months to have a length of 30 days, and the fourth of five months to have a length of less than 31 days. September (from Latin septem, “seven”) was originally the seventh of ten months in the oldest known Roman calendar.
Flower: Aster
Birthstone: Sapphire

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
2 – Full Moon, 1:22 am EDT
7 – Labor Day (USA, Canada)
8 – International Literacy Day
11 – Patriot Day
13 – Grandparents Day
16 – Independence Day (Mexico)
17 – Constitution Day
19 – Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)
21 – International Day of Peace
22 – Autumnal Equinox
22 – Mabon (Pagan/Wiccan)
28 – Yom Kippur (Jewish)

See download tips and system instructions below:

Mac Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then Ctrl+click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your System Preferences to change the desktop.

Windows Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then right-click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your Personalization Settings to change the desktop.

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Artist Spotlight — Anahata Joy Katkin: PAPAYA and FIREWEED

Amber Lotus Publishing is excited to welcome Anahata Joy Katkin to our family. We have been a big fan of her soul-stirring artwork for a long time, so working together to publish her collection of calendars has been a thrill.

PAPAYA co-founder Anahata Joy Katkin developed her passion for the arts by trial-and-error discovery. She creates original paintings, drawings, and mixed media pieces that have woven a heartcentered landscape of offbeat muses and vivid illustrations. PAPAYA’s signature aesthetic has been celebrated around the globe since 2003.

“I love the place where pretty and gritty meet. Where flowers, faces, and ink run together. I’m endlessly inspired by repeating themes of plants, travel, Victorian era, folk arts, Asian influences, and female faces. I believe in working from impulse to impulse and answering to an intuitive process. I make artwork for myself and then weave pieces into our PAPAYA & FIREWEED collections alongside our talented in-house design team.” — Anahata Joy Katkin

See the full calendar collection on our website. To learn more about PAPAYA, visit their website or follow Anahata on Instagram.

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PAPAYA 2021 Hardcover Deluxe Planner

PAPAYA 2020 – 2021 Planner 17-Month Calendar With Pocket

PAPAYA 2020 – 2021 Desk Pad 17-Month Calendar

FIREWEED 2021 Wall Calendar

FIREWEED 2020 – 2021 Planner 17-Month Calendar With Pocket


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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — August 2020 — Free to Download

August is the eighth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, and the fifth of seven months to have a length of 31 days. Formerly named Sextilis, it was originally the sixth month in the ten-month Roman calendar. It became the eighth month around 700 BC, when King Numa Pompilius added January and February to the beginning of the calendar year; he also made the month 29 days long. Julius Caesar later added two days when he created the Julian calendar in 46 BC, giving it its modern length of 31 days. In 8 BC, it was renamed to August to honor the great triumphs of the Roman Emperor Augustus.
Flower: Poppy
Birthstone: Sardonyx

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Lughnasa (Pagan/Wiccan)
3 – Civic Holiday (Canada)
3 – Full Moon 11:59 am EDT
15 – Dormition of the Theotokos (Orthodox Christian)
20 – Muharram (Islamic New Year)
22 – Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)
29 – Ashurah (Islamic)

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Letters Against Isolation — Notes to Cheer Self-Isolating Seniors

As a stationery publisher, we love creating beautiful greeting cards to spread inspiration, comfort, and cheer. We know that a handwritten note has the power to brighten someone’s day — a small act of kindness that can transform.

Sisters Shreya and Saffron were doing their best to support their self-isolating grandparents by calling them every day during the COVID outbreak. Then they had an idea to do something more. Here’s an excerpt from their website Letters Against Isolation:

We realized that without visitors or the ability to interact with the wider world, many senior citizens may be growing lonely. Senior loneliness is a well-documented issue and has effects not only on seniors’ mental health but on their physical health. We believed that we could do something to help this situation. We decided to spread some joy and write handwritten letters to residents of assisted living facilities and care homes. When growing demand for letters outpaced us, we started Letters Against Isolation.

I am Saffron, a 10th grader attending high school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I absolutely love volunteering and getting involved with my community! Prior to the pandemic, I was volunteering at our local science museum, hospital and STEM club on a weekly basis. Since I have moved countries and states a few times already, I find volunteering to be my way of getting to know my community and feeling connected. Once the pandemic started, I missed going to my volunteer programs! I was eager to find a new way to build a community and help people in need.

My sister Shreya just graduated from high school a year ago. She is taking a gap year before heading to Washington University in Saint Louis in the fall. Shreya also enjoys volunteering and is very close to our grandparents. She is interested in entrepreneurship and is always searching for ways she can make an impact or improve the community.

Letters Against Isolation started as a small-scale project for the two of us. My grandma who has been self-isolating for almost 4 months was feeling a bit lonely. A friend of hers wrote her a letter and she was so happy to receive it. Shreya and I saw firsthand how something as simple as a letter can remind you that someone is thinking of you, and can really boost your mood. We thought that it is likely that many seniors were also feeling a bit isolated, and sending them a letter could lift their spirits. We contacted a local care facility and asked if we could send their residents a few letters. They told us that the residents were thrilled to receive them! We knew that we wanted to spread the love and that we needed help to do it. We enlisted the help of friends, family, and volunteers online. In just a few days, we found a huge number of people willing to take a bit of time out of their day to bring some joy to a senior.

Their website has wonderful information on participating as well as great ideas for what to write and share.


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