Source: Terry Boyd, Terry Boyd: Chanukah, Thanksgiving, Rabbi Horovitz and the concept of ‘mitzvah’, Insider Louisville, November 24, 2013, http://insiderlouisville.com/metro/communities/chanukah/.
Source: Jessi Hargett, Photohistory: Thanksgiving Food, Fun & Facts, The Collegian, Bob Jones University, November 15, 2012, http://www.collegianonline.com/2012/11/15/photostory-thanksgiving-food-fun-facts/.
While called the “Festival of Lights,” Diwali is most importantly a day to become aware of one’s “inner light.” In Hindu philosophy there is an idea of “Atman,” something beyond the body and mind which is pure, infinite and eternal. Today is a celebration of “good” versus “evil”; A day when the light of higher knowledge dispels ignorance. With this awakening comes compassion and joy.
The background story and practices vary region to region. Many people celebrate by lighting fireworks and sharing sweets and candies. Diwali is a holiday celebrated across a vast array of countries and religions. It is celebrated in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji, by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists.
This informative infographic is from 2012, but I like the information about Diwali it provides and thought of sharing.
Source: Metal Gaia, Happy Diwali!, November 13, 2012, http://metal-gaia.com/2012/11/13/happy-diwali/.
As a young child, I loved to dye Easter Eggs. We tried to be as creative as possible and would try to make one half one color and the other half another color. Sometimes we would try to be real tricky and add a middle color, which was no easy task with the paper clip-like dipper.
I was reading USA Today Weekend this morning and saw these creatively painted eggs by USA Today Weekend readers. I feel in data visualization a story can be told many ways. Each one of these eggs tells you a story by its visual appearance.
I wish you a Happy Easter, Happy Passover and good wishes all around.
Epic Easter Eggs, by USA Today Weekend Readers
I could not let Valentine’s Day pass without showing you this vintage Valentine’s Day card. Following today’s political correctness standards, this might be considered somewhat shocking.
A girl would have to wonder what her suitor’s intentions were. This is just to hot to handle!
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!