Cultural Program on Kolam Set for Sunday, March 9 at Jowonio School
Kolam, also known by different names in Indian languages, is making intricate designs with rice powder. This cultural tradition will be explained at our Sun., March 9 afternoon meeting. This meeting contiues our series of learning the cultural and religious traditions of various groups.
Kolam is practiced by Jains, Buddhists and Parsis.
The tradition originated in the Indus Valley, in northwest India. It traces back to 2500 BC. Women welcomed the goddess of good fortune, Lakshmi, into their homes at sunrise by washing the area in front of their doorsteps and making creative designs with rice powder.
We will meet from 3-5 p.m. at Jowonio School, 3049 East Genesee St., Syracuse. Drive to the back of the building for parking and enter by the door there in the center.
To get more information about the evening meeting Feb. 24 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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