Category Archives: Inspiration & Spirituality

Happy Holi — Spring Festival of Colors

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Holi is a colorful and boisterous Hindu spring festival in India, also known as the Festival of Colors. This is a time of shedding inhibitions: People smear each other with red and yellow powder and shower each other with colored water shot from bamboo blowpipes or water pistols. Restrictions of caste, sex, age, and personal differences are ignored.

The name of the festival derives from the name of the wicked Holika. According to legend, an evil king had a good son, Prince Prahlad, who was sent by the gods to deliver the land from the king’s cruelty. Holika, the king’s sister, decided to kill the prince with fire. Believing she was immune to fire, she held the child in her lap and sat in flames. But Lord Krishna stepped in to save Prahlad, and Holika was left in the fire and burned to death. On the night before the festival, images of Holika are burned on huge bonfires, drums pound, horns blow, and people whoop.

Another tale, related to the practice of water-throwing, is that the small monkey god Hanuman one day managed to swallow the sun. People were sad to live in darkness, and other gods suggested they rub color on one another and laugh. They mixed the color in water and squirted each other, and Hanuman thought this was so funny he gave a great laugh, and the sun flew out of his mouth.

There is also the story that the Mongol Emperor Akbar thought everyone would look equal if covered with color, and he therefore ordained the holiday to unite the castes.

The celebrations differ from city to city. In Mathura, Lord Krishna’s legendary birthplace, there are especially exuberant processions with songs and music. In the villages of Nandgaon and Barsnar, once homes of Krishna and his beloved Radha, the celebrations are spread over 16 days. And in Besant, people set up a 25-foot pole called a chir to begin the celebrations and burn it at the end of the festival.

In Bangladesh the festival is called Dol-Jatra, the Swing Festival, because a Krishna doll is kept in a swinging cradle, or dol. In Nepal it is called Rung Khelna, “playing with color.” They build a three-tiered, 25-foot high umbrella and at its base people light joss sticks, and place flowers and red powder. Instead of squirting water, they drop water-filled balloons from upper windows.

Source: Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, 5th Ed., published by Omnigraphics


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Giveaway — Flowers Always Travel-Size Journal by Katie Daisy

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We’re so excited about the NEW Katie Daisy Travel-Size Journal. It’s perfect for recording your gratitude lists, meditations, prayers, poems, diary entries, or even your daily to-do lists. To celebrate the release, we’re doing a giveaway on Facebook. You can enter to win by liking or commenting on this Facebook post. We’ll randomly select 2 winners (US address entries only) at 12:00 p.m. (PT), Friday, January 18.

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Here’s more about the journal:

  • Compact size (5″ x 7″) for your purse or backpack.
  • Perfect bound layflat binding for ease and convenience.
  • 192 lined pages.
  • Colorful wildflowers, butterflies, bees, and nature motifs illustrated by Katie Daisy.
  • Printed on paper sourced from a combination of sustainably managed forests and recycled materials.

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Universal Children’s Day

Women Who Rock Our World 2019 wall calendar

Image from our Women Who Rock Our World 2019 wall calendar featuring artwork by Rachel Grant. Click for more info.

Celebrated on November 20th each year, Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 by the United Nations. This special day is an opportunity to promote international togetherness and focus on improving children’s welfare. Since 1990, Universal Children’s Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children’s rights. Continue reading

World Kindness Day — Make Kindness the Norm

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World Kindness Day is an international observance on November 13. It was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement. Today we’re invited to highlight good deeds that focus on the positive power and common thread of kindness that binds us regardless of race, religion, politics, gender, or zip codes. Continue reading

New 2019 Wall Calendar — Wild Woman Rising

Wild Woman Rising 2019 wall calendar

Who is the wild woman? She’s the grit and grace inside that insists we claim our voice, trust our instinct, and fearlessly cast off forces that insist on perfection and oppression. She will not allow the plundering of the divine feminine or our natural resources. She will not be tamed. We crave her protection and we long to bask in her healing presence. We bravely step up, howling with the insistence that we will no longer live without her. We brazenly demand a fulfilling life, one in which we embrace our true essence. She will rise and so shall we. For there is no force more powerful than a determined woman.

Sophie Wilkins’s evocative illustrations are ripe with symbolism. Wilkins explores the myriad expressions of the divine feminine with animal guides as companions. Writer Angi Sullins implores us to cultivate a sanctuary for the wild woman in homes, studios, gardens, and boardrooms around the planet and in the depths of our souls.

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International Day of Peace 2018

International Day of Peace PosterEach year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The first official observance of the day was in September 1982.

The theme for 2018 is “The Right to Peace: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70.”

The theme celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on December 10, 1948, as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. The Universal Declaration—the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages—is as relevant today as it was on the day that it was adopted. Continue reading

Late Summer and the Element of Earth

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Late Summer is the season of abundant harvest associated with the Chinese element of Earth which brings tidings of grounded, nurturing, peaceful, and compassionate chi.

The Earth element encourages us to nurture ourselves and others as well as create the most loving, supportive, stable, sustainable, and peaceful life and home that we can. Continue reading

Ganesh Chathurthi

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Ganesh Chathurthi is a lively seven- to ten-day long festival to worship the elephant-headed Ganesh, the Hindu god of wisdom and success. As the remover of obstacles, he is also called Vighnesa or Vighneswara. It starts on the fourth day of the Hindu luni-solar calendar month Bhadrapada, which typically falls in the months of August or September of the Gregorian calendar. For 2018, the festival begins on September 13 (dates may vary by region). The festival is especially colorful in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka, and is the bestknown event in Bombay. Continue reading