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!
Source: Colleen Barrett, Valentine’s Day Visualized, Visual.ly, http://blog.visual.ly/valentines-day-visualized.
I love fruitcake. For the past 25+ years, I have been buying fruitcakes from The Collin Street Bakery that is world-renowned for its fruitcakes. The business, opened in 1896, is located in Corsicana, Texas and ships to all 50 states, U.S. possessions and 195 foreign lands. The Bakery is the recipient of the president’s coveted “E-Award.”
Some of the characteristics of their fruitcake are:
- Each fruitcake is the perfect balance of native pecans (27%), shelled in Corsicana, Texas.
- Hand-picked Golden sweet pineapple and lush papaya, from our own farms in Costa Rica.
- Ripe, red cherries from Oregon and Washington State.
- Pure clover honey, plump golden raisins.
- Refrigerated, the Deluxe fruitcake stays moist and delicious for months.
Fruitcake has been a Christmas staple for decades. And it has been a mystery to people for just as long. The age-old question surrounding fruitcake is always, “Just what is it that I’m actually eating…?” In the spirit of Christmas and holiday traditions, I found this infographic by lemonly.com that dissects the fruitcake. We know there are lots of fruitcake recipes out there, but here is just one example of all the ingredients that can go into the elusive Christmas “treat.” Grab a fork and dive in, everyone! Let them eat (fruit)cake!