Women Learn About Kolam March 9
In India 3000 years ago, and even to this day, women arise with the sun, wash the area in front of their doorsteps and make creative designs with rice powder to welcome the goddess of good fortune, Lakshmi. The tradition, known as Kolam, was explained Sunday, March 9 at the WTB meeting. Then women got to try out making various designs using a preprinted grid of dots. See the results at the right.
Saro Kumar explained the benefits of the tradition. The women get exercise, breath fresh air and use their concentration in designing the patterns. And Kolam also provides socialization as people walk the streets and look at the various designs.
The rice powder becomes food for insects and is normally gone by day’s end. So Saro said Kolam illustrates the principal that like life, nothing is permanent. Kolam is practiced by Jains, Buddhists and Parsis.
You may occasionally see the Kolam tradition here in the U.S., Saro said, explaining she had a friend create a Kolam design at the venues where her children were married.
NOTE: WTB’s April 13 meeting will be at University United Methodist Church, 1085 University Ave., Syracuse, from 3-5 p.m.
Book Club Meets Monday, March 24
The next selection for the book club is Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me, A Graphic Memoir by Ellen Forney. Anyone is welcome. Read the book ahead of time and come discuss it. To get more information about the evening meeting call Jennifer Roberts Crittenden at 633-2817.
CNY’s Diversity and Culture Showcased
A festival of music, dance and faith — the World Interfaith Assembly. For the fourth year, WTB and InterFaith Works of Central New York invited members of area religious and cultural organizations to share their talents.
“What a beautiful picture you are,” Beth Broadway told the crowd of 400 as she looked out on people in traditional dress, young, old and in-between.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Liverpool hosted the event which began with the rousing song, “we can live in harmony.”
The idea for this assembly came from a proposal at the United Nations by King Abdullah II of Jordan. He proposed assemblies across the globe, each providing a venue for interfaith and goodwill organizations to demonstrate their impact and necessity.
The various traditions represented included Mormon, Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Wicca, Hindu, and Sikh.
This was the fourth year for the celebration in metro Syracuse.
Read about WTB in New York States of Mind web magazine
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