2018年11月30日

Light

FullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgHi bloggers
Well December is here and almost another year gone. Hasn't it gone quickly. It feels like time is speeding up, when you're a child time seems endless.
What has gone on and on in England is the Black Friday sale. The discounts started the week before Black Friday and continued a week after, Black Friday became Black weekend then cyber Monday. So it was a relief when I saw the article about giving Tuesday.
It has been organised in the UK by the Charities Aid Foundation since 2014 and encourages people to offer time, money or support to help a good cause. It started on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving and is a movement to create an international day of charitable giving at the beginning of the Christmas season.
One example of what people do is Solomon Smith set up the Brixton Soup Kitchen to help serve people in that part of south London. He also offers employment workshops to support people in finding work. One remarkable story.
In England the daylight hours are getting shorter, the darkness is made more cheerful by the Christmas lights. Light plays an important part in lots of religions and there are many celebrations of the use of light in the winter months. In the Christian faith candles are placed on advent wreath and each week before Christmas Day a candle is lit, the light represents waiting for Jesus to bring light to the world.
The Hindus have a Festival of Lights called Diwali, people decorate their homes with clay lamps called diyas candles are placed in them to represent the victory of good over evil.
The Jewish faith has a Festival of Lights called Hanukkah, nine candles are placed in a holder and are lit to show a rededication to their faith.
Well bloggers stay warm and well. Over and out London.















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posted by MateoES at 23:00| diary

2018年11月23日

United

FullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgHi bloggers well it's definitely very cold here and I believe it has been for you. Time to wrap up warm.
A lovely news story that caught my eye was about people from different faiths uniting together. In this case it was about Jewish and Muslim people uniting to come together to cook food for homeless people. The occasion happened on a day called mitzvah day. Mitzvah Day is an annual day of faith-based social action that takes place in November each year, primarily in the United Kingdom. ... 'Mitzvah' is the Hebrew biblical term for 'deed' or 'commandment', which has come to mean 'good deed' or 'charitable act' in contemporary English.
The two faith groups got together in a mosque in east London. It was a very enlightening day for both groups as for many of the people it was the first time to meet a member of either the Jewish or Islamic faith.
The people were young and old and they cooked 1000 bowls of chicken soup. They used halal chicken ( meat that Muslim people can eat) and a Jewish recipe for soup.
It was a really successful day as the people participating found out about each other's beliefs, about how they had so much more in common than differences. Also how important it was to build bridges and love can conquer hate. A wonderful experience for all concerned and benefiting people in need.
There is a famous saying united we stand, divided we fall.
Bloggers have a good week over and out London.













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2018年11月16日

Times have changed

FullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgHi bloggers well it's definitely winter here, dreary grey days the daylight hours are becoming shorter and shorter. Pleased to not be living in Scandinavia where in some places there's no daylight.
Next week marks the beginning of Christmas celebrations in USA, there will be the thanksgiving festival. It is not celebrated in the U.K. as yet but some people who aren't Americans do celebrate. I was interested in finding out the reason why there's a thanksgiving celebration.
In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers−an assortment of religious separatists seeking a new home where they could freely practice their faith and other people. After a treacherous and uncomfortable crossing that lasted 66 days. Less than half of the people survived and they all endured great hardship.
In November 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, a celebratory feast was organised and a group of Native Americans were invited to join the“first Thanksgiving". A time for giving thanks for the harvest and sharing.
Nowadays there is a major focus on sharing food with family and friends. However followed by that is a rush to go shopping as Black Friday the shopping event follows thanksgiving. The times they have changed.




A story that seems more in the spirit of sharing and caring is of a young Filipino girl who received a gift-filled shoebox for Christmas in 2000. She eventually met the boy who sent the box and fourteen years later she married him. They asked the wedding guests to not give gifts but pack a shoebox to give to children. Lovely people .
Bloggers have a good week.


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posted by MateoES at 21:58| diary