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Intercultural & interfaith calendar

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 Welcome

Intercultural & Interfaith organization welcomes you to its fourth year publishing of Calendar 2019. The art of interacting with numerous cultures and traditions through our work of calendar publishing and speaking engagements. The Intercultural and Interfaith calendar was co-founded and co-created by Shua and Shaan. This year the theme represents 12 major regions of the world. The explanation of the art coinciding with the region is attached at the end of the calendar. The images are completely hand drawn and painted. Scanned and printed on a high quality paper. The mediums applied are water colors, calligraphic inks, and pastels. For more details on interfaith activities please visit: www.lightupwithshua.com


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Intercultural and Interfaith Organization

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Founder Shua Khan Arshad (Shuahameedkhan@gmail.com

Co-Founder Shaan Hameed Khan (shaanhameedkhan@gmail.com)

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Ic & if calendar 2019 image details

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January. North America - The region of North America is represented here with native symbols of a feather and eagle. These symbols stand for truth, honour, strength, wisdom and freedom, reminding us everyday that just as the natives earned the feathers in their caps, we ought to earn ours with daily acts of kindness and tolerance. 

February. East Asia - The region of East Asia is represented through Chinese and Japanese art themes and attempts to harmonize them in a single space. Shown in the image are branches of cherry blossoms and bamboo plants. In Japan, cherry blossoms are associated with mortality. Their beauty and fragility represents the transience of life that is short yet extremely beautiful and valuable, just like our own lives. The bamboo in Chinese culture symbolized virtues of honour, resoluteness and chastity. Combined these values can help make our short life meaningful and fulfilling. 

March. Caribbean - The free and relaxed spirit of the Caribbean is represented through this image. The hibiscus turtle embodies the significance of the hibiscus flower which stands for joy and magnificence, while the turtle, one of the oldest creature on Earth, represents endurance and perseverance. These qualities are essential for greater harmony and peace on Earth. 

April. East Europe and Russia - The bird symbolizes many positive ideas in Eastern European folk art. This image depicts a blue bird, drawn in the style of Gzhel, a traditional Russian pottery art form. The blue bird also represents happiness in folk art while also symbolizing love. The flowers and berries signify good harvest and prosperity. 

May. South Asia - Truck art is an indigenous art form widely practiced in South Asia. It consists of adorning trucks with visual iconography that help communicate cultural narratives through these traveling trucks. Truck art besides representing the truck owners personality through symbols, also makes use of poetry and one liners that are sometimes witty and oftentimes reflective. This particular image depicts the most iconic designs used in truck art and a one liner on either side saying "do look, but only with love!" 

June. Africa - The strong and bold spirit of the African region is represented here through this image. The fiery tones capture the strength, passion and brightness of a region that embodies the virtues of human endurance The image of the woman represents life, teaching us an important lesson that we should carry all our challenges with grace and dignity. 

July. South America - The South American region is a beautiful amalgamation of cultures represented through the mosaic in the above image. This painting is Inspired by the intricate mosaics of ancient artisans that carefully crafted turquoise, serpentine, malachite and shells to create enchanting mosaics that tell their stories across time. Mosaics tell stories through their patterns and are a testament to our instinctual desire to reach out beyond our space and time, just as found in the rich heritage of the South American region. 

August. Southeast Asia - The region of Southeast Asia carries rich spiritual traditions in its folds. This image depicts Buddha in a calm meditative pose with his eyes closed, hands resting in a lotus posture, emphasizing the need for us all to reflect and get to know our inner selves. In Southeast Asian tradition the color blue represents knowledge, awakening and enlightenment and yellow represents wealth and beauty. This image uses both colors to signify that inner reflection will lead us to enlightenment which is an ultimate form of wealth. 

September. Western Europe - Through this image we wished to capture the richness of the Western European region with still life and inanimate buildings to juxtapose the regions rich cultural and intellectual heritage. The roman ruins represent the impermanence of power while the inanimate still life depicts the impermanence of both natural and man made objects teaching us a lesson in the ephemerality of sensory pleasure. 

October. Australia and South Pacific - The region of Australia and South Pacific is represented here through traditional aboriginal art. The kangaroo besides being an instant icon for modern day Australia ,held great significance in aboriginal art. Traditionally it represented warriors and their bravery. In some instances it also represented the idea of protection. The virtue of bravery is what brings together all other virtues in our lives. 

November. Central America - Central American culture is a rich profusion of colors, represented here with a traditional design inspired by Molas, which means 'clothing' in Kuna language. On special occasions Molas are worn to celebrate culture and creativity. Through this image we wish to celebrate these two themes as well. 

December. Middle East- The region of the Middle East is represented here by the geometric arabesque patterns that adorn everything from historical buildings to contemporary art in the region. Geometric patterns in Islamic Art represents unity in diversity, a basic tenet of Islam. This is a principle we firmly believe in and wish everyone to value and understand. 

Activities to do

 

Activities you can do to learn and enhance your intercultural and interfaith literacy.

The following list is not exhaustive therefore more activities can and will be added. 

  • Find houses of worship that you are not familiar with and visit them by first contacting them.
  • Take Youth groups for a visit to the houses of worship.
  • Arrange exchange visits between or among various worship houses, such as a Mosque and a Church; A Synagogue and a Mosque and so on. 
  • Invite Muslims and people of other faith and traditions to your home or go to their homes and cultural centers.
  • Arrange sports activities with multiple groups of faith and traditions in a team.
  • Cook together: share meals with people from unfamiliar faiths and traditions.
  • Find out what people different than you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 
  • Find out what foods are native to people. How did their ancestors eat. 
  • Plant the seeds of peace by joining interfaith gardening projects in your community or vicinity of your house.
  • Arrange events or gatherings where students search what other than their faiths have to say about energy conservation and healthy environment.
  • Reach out to people different than your traditions and faith. Make friends with them and learn about their family values. 
  • Host dialogue events in your library or community center. 

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