Monday, January 17, 2022

Stories of Sensational Soups!

Soup
William-Adolph Bouguereau
1825-1905

"Let Omar sing of wine and bread,
But I prefer fine soup instead."
Arab poet, replying to Omar Khayyam

January is National Soup Month and who doesn’t love soup! Soup is as old as cooking, dating back to 20,000 BC. I grew up in the city of New Bedford, which has a rich, cultural food history thanks to the thousands of Portuguese families immigrated who immigrated here centuries ago to work in the whaling industry. They brought their amazing recipes with them, including kale soup, which is now a staple in many homes. You will see Kale Soup, on most restaurant menus, as well as New England Clam Chowder or seafood chowder (a rich, creamy soup). In the summer there are even chowder festivals around New England.

“Every culture had its version of soup. From the French Onion to the Russian Borscht, Spanish Gazpacho, New England Chowder, Chinese Won Ton, Campbell’s tomato, Japanese miso, and Italian Minestrone, every soup had its unique flavour regarding its place of origin.
https://soupmakerguide.co.uk/soup-through-the-ages-the-history-of-soup/

Just like the story of  Stone Soup I have added together some folktales about soup, a dash of activities and crafts, seasoned with some activities, and a few extra items to spice it up! Enjoy!

The above information was gathered from:
https://soupmakerguide.co.uk/soup-through-the-ages-the-history-of-soup/

STORIES

All-Kinds-Of-Fur – Germany
https://sites.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm065.html

Chicken Soup – Russia
https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/fall-2007/chicken-soup

Crossing the Bridge Noodles - China
https://wildchina.com/2013/08/crossing-the-bridge-noodles/

The Emperor and the Cook: The Story of Bird’s Nest Soup - China
http://soupsong.com/sbirdnes.html

The Guest - Inuit
https://www.worldoftales.com/Native_American_folktales/Eskimo_folktale_11.html#gsc.tab=0

Hot Soup, Cold Hands - Turkey

https://voetica.com/voetica.php?collection=4&poet=706&poem=3443

The Legend of Issun-boshi – Japan
https://www.gov-online.go.jp/eng/publicity/book/hlj/html/201408/201408_09_en.html

The Old Man and His Grandson – Germany
http://www.authorama.com/grimms-fairy-tales-27.html

Sliced Sickle Soup – Mongolia
https://www.kidelight.com/2021/02/folk-tale-from-mongolia-sliced-sickle.html

Soup from a Sausage Skewer – Hans Christian Andersen
https://www.worldoftales.com/fairy_tales/Hans_Christian_Andersen/Andersen_fairy_tale_36.html#gsc.tab=0

Soup of the Soup – Sufi
https://www.learningtogive.org/resources/soup-soup

The Stolen Soup Aroma – West Africa
http://www.allfolktales.com/wafrica/stolen_soup_aroma.php

The Story of Salt – China
https://archive.gosanangelo.com/news/scene/tell-me-a-story-the-story-of-salt-a-chinese-folktale-ep-883035808-353680851.html/

Stone Soup – European (There are many variants from Russia, Sweden, Belgium, England, and France.)
https://tinyurl.com/yz724w4s


BOOKS

10 Story Books for Kids About Soup
https://food.innerchildfun.com/2013/01/10-story-books-for-kids-about-soup.html

Best Kids’ Books About Soup
https://bookroo.com/explore/books/topics/soups


CRAFTS AND ACTIVITIES

20 Recycled Tin Can Crafts
https://artsycraftsymom.com/recycled-tin-can-crafts/

20 Water Sensory Soup Ideas for Kids
https://www.andnextcomesl.com/2015/04/water-sensory-play-ideas-for-kids.html

Dltk-teach.com – Lots of activities here connected to the story Stone Soup, coloring pages, puzzles, word ladders, crafts and more.
https://dltk-teach.com/fables/stonesoup/index.htm

Fairy Soup – Backyard Sensory Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers
https://happyhooligans.ca/fairy-soup/


CURRICULUM

Agriculture in the Classroom – Lesson plan based on the picture book Who Grew My Soup for grades K – 2. If you don’t have the book, not to worry, there is a link to a read aloud video.
https://agclassroom.org/matrix/lesson/547/

Learning to Give – Lesson plan based on the folktale, Stone Soup.
https://www.learningtogive.org/units/philanthropic-behavior/class-soup

Making Stone Soup
https://elementarynest.com/stone-soup/


RECIPES

30 Best Soup Recipes
https://themodernproper.com/30-best-soup-recipes


SOMETHING EXTRA


Children’s Board Game from Peaceable Kingdom: Stone Soup
https://tinyurl.com/bdfctmvd

History of the Stone Soup Folktales from 1720 to Now
https://stonesoup.com/about-the-childrens-art-foundation-and-stone-soup-magazine/history-of-the-stone-soup-story-from-1720-to-now/


 

 

Please note, websites change at a rapid pace and weblinks may change or break without notice. I cannot be responsible for redirected or broken links. At the time of this posting all links were in working order. Thank you for understanding.

 

Karen Chace 2022 ©

This blog post was researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission, please contact me at storybug@aol.com. Of course, if you wish to link to my blog via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I appreciate your support and personal integrity.

 

Monday, January 3, 2022

Storytelling In the News II

News From Afar
Alfred Stevens, 1860

In February of 2021 I was asked to take over the Storytelling It’s News column for the National Storytelling Network's newsletter. Below are some of the articles I researched through 2021. Since there are so many, I have broken it up into three posts. This is the second of three and my first post for the 2022 New Year. You will find a link to the first blog in the series at the end of the blog.

I hope you find something interesting to read, and perhaps some new tidbits to add to your storytelling and presentations.



How Storytelling Can Help Build An Innovation Culture

When people hear stories all their senses are engaged. Facts and data are easier to retain when presented in story form. Stories also create connections between people in a way that can motivate us to act. When trying to change people’s behaviours around innovation, using stories can be a powerful way to inspire confidence. 

https://tinyurl.com/2p8mhy92

 

Irelands Little Known Mermaid Saint
“Lí Ban’s story dates from 6th century Ireland and has been preserved not only in medieval writings but also in the oral tradition of scéalaíocht (storytelling) passed on from generation to generation.”
https://tinyurl.com/4823jt88

La Llorona: Folklore, Spirits, Colonialism, and Power

“Gloria Duerte has discussed how tales of spirits similar to La Llorona have cropped up in folklore and myths across world history. A similar spirit emerged in sixteenth-century Philippines; fifteenth-century Germany had tales of the White Woman; and there are many beings from across European culture which attack children or men…As a result, it is not out of the question that La Llorona was a combination of indigenous and European tales. She also exhibits signs of another key marker of Mexican identity – Malintzin.”
https://tinyurl.com/mv7yc437

 

Middle Ages Merlin manuscript found in Bristol University library
Seven hand-written fragments were found by the University of Bristol's special collections librarian. Specialists analysing the pieces said they contained "subtle but significant" differences from the traditional story.”
https://tinyurl.com/y9kmamb6

Native American Artist Rico Worl Designs U.S. Postage Stamp
Rico Lanáat’ Worl, Alaskan artist, is the first member of the Tlingit tribe to design a U.S. postal stamp. Raven Story depicting raven stealing the stars. “I wanted to illustrate a moment of drama in a traditional Tlingit story.” He hopes it will inspire others to learn more about the Tlingit people and their culture.
https://tinyurl.com/2p98ed5h

Non-Profit Organization helps Latinas have their voices heard through storytelling
One year ago, nine women came together to brainstorm a way to share the unheard voices of Latinas in their community and share what it means to be Latina in today’s world…We are creating a book by telling our stories, to inspire other women and the vision that we have our communities around the world to connect us and also be a catalyst for unity,” said Luz María Villanueva, founder and president of LWP. Villanueva says storytelling is part of who she is as a Latina because she is reminded of how her aunts, grandfather and mother would share stories with her and how they affected her. She wants to continue this tradition with stories that are not just hers but from strangers she meets, because, she adds, everyone has a story to tell.”
https://tinyurl.com/e5ccxvbe


People Synchronize Heart Rates While Listening Attentively to Stories

“There’s a lot of literature demonstrating that people synchronize their physiology with each other. But the premise is that somehow, you’re interacting and physically present the same place,” says co-senior author Lucas Parra, a professor at City College of New York. “What we have found is that the phenomenon is much broader, and that simply following a story and processing stimulus will cause similar fluctuations in people’s heart rates. It’s the cognitive function that drives your heart rate up or down… “It’s not about emotions, but about being engaged and attentive, and thinking about what will happen next.”
https://tinyurl.com/yck5y9nc

 

PREWRITE Invites Storytellers to Invest in the Future of Storytelling
“Prewrite helps anyone build great stories or improve existing ones. The app separates the development of a story from the process of "writing" one, so you're never faced with a "blank page." It offers an intuitive and visual process and acts as a repository for story ideas.”
https://tinyurl.com/umsfrhmx

The Psychology of What Makes a Great Story
“Stories,” Neil Gaiman asserted in his wonderful lecture on what makes stories last“are genuinely symbiotic organisms that we live with, that allow human beings to advance.” But what is the natural selection of these organisms — what makes the ones that endure fit for survival? What, in other words, makes a great story?”
https://tinyurl.com/yw5855nr

Seanchaí: The storytelling keepers of Ireland's rich folklore heritage
“In ancient Celtic society, bards held a position of esteem, second only to kings. Their stories and songs “were often the only historical record.”  Through the years Bards evolved into seanchaís’ or storytellers who carried those stories from town to town, bringing the stories from ancient days into modern times.
https://tinyurl.com/45y739nj6s7t

Sixkiller records 1,000 episode of Cherokee radio show
“Each week for the past 17 years, radio show host Dennis Sixkiller has shared with listeners the Cherokee language through song and stories…Sixkiller, a first-language speaker, took over for the original host, David Scott, in 2004, expanded the show’s 30-minute length and added more variety. Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said Sixkiller “has become one of our most respected and impactful fluent Cherokee speakers.”
https://tinyurl.com/3see6s7t

Spirit of Acadiana: Preserving Our Treasured Stories
“Raconteur, by the way, is French for ‘a person who excels in telling stories"’ And that's what Olivia, her husband Josh and a team of writers have done for about four-and-a-half years: chronicling life stories, sometimes of people who are very near the end of their lives.”
https://tinyurl.com/2p9a2d6s

The Stories We Love Make Us Who We Are
We know, when we hear these tales, that even though they are “unreal,” because carpets do not fly and witches in gingerbread houses do not exist, they are also “real,” because they are about real things: love, hatred, fear, power, bravery, cowardice, death. They simply arrive at the real by a different route.
https://tinyurl.com/h85andyr

Story Walks in the Natural World
“The revival of live oral storytelling often goes hand in hand with ethical values of sustainability. Respect for nature as the source of wealth for humans and respect for species in their own right lies deep in Indigenous stories. The renaissance of storytelling comes as our practical knowledge of sustainability weakens. However, the double resource of story walks strengthens creative telling while re-envisioning our place in nature.”
https://tinyurl.com/ycx898z3


SOMETHING EXTRA
 

Storytelling In the News I – This was the first blog in the series. You will find many more interesting articles here.
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2021/12/storytelling-in-news-i.html


 

Please note, websites change at a rapid pace and weblinks may change or break without notice. I cannot be responsible for redirected or broken links.  At the time of this posting all links were in working order. Thank you for understanding.

 

Karen Chace 2022 ©

This blog post was researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission, please contact me at storybug@aol.com. Of course, if you wish to link to my blog via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I greatly appreciate your support and personal integrity.

 


Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Storytelling In the News I

New From Afar
Alfred Stevens, 1860
In February of 2021 I was asked to take over the Storytelling It’s News column for the National Storytelling Network's newsletter. Below are some of the articles I researched through 2021. Since there are so many, I have broken it up into three posts. This is the first of three.

I hope you find something interesting to read, and perhaps some new tidbits to add to your storytelling.

 A farmer and his magical field: How fairies have ‘kept the land sacred in Ireland’

“Farming in Kilconnell for the last 40 years, Noone has gained attention for his supposed connection to members of what some may believe to just be mythology… “I have the porthole to the fairy world, where the blackthorn meets the whitethorn.” 
https://tinyurl.com/2p96bd9h

A Marrakech Tale
“Hajj Ahmed Ezzarghani has been telling stories for over five decades. Now in his 70s, the master storyteller has retired from the chaos of Marrakech’s famous square, Jemaa el-Fna. He finds new purpose in teaching young apprentices the skills of the ancient art form.” There is also a very interesting twenty-five-minute video of Hajj teaching his apprentices and their first public performance in the square.
https://tinyurl.com/ycx3hvad

African-American folklore inspires meeting of the minds

Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar, Harvard scholars have co-authored “The Annotated African American Folktales,” that “illuminates and celebrates a narrative spirit both intimate and expansive…” The Harvard Gazette offers this wonderful article, a conversation with Gates and Tatar as they explain how storytelling motifs are woven through many cultures and the important messages they convey.
https://tinyurl.com/bdh2bh33


Ancient Aboriginal Storytelling Turns Digital

“The kids from Western Australia's remote Pilbara region have amassed quite a body of work. For the past 10 years they've been working hard, spending hundreds of hours in a digital lab in Roebourne, or Ieramugadu. They've been making music, films, podcasts, and even an award-winning interactive digital comic. Now they've created a learning platform, to share their stories with primary school students and teachers around Australia.”
https://tinyurl.com/ycksv462

Animation-led storytelling drives bold vision for new Scotch whisky brand Fable
“The storytelling part is very important to us. I think the Scottish and Irish are renowned as great storytellers, and we wanted to bring a piece of that to the whisky market. We have these great remote parts of Scotland, and we chose a place called Clanyard Bay, which is on the Southwest corner of the country, to be the central element in our story. In summary we are matching great tasting whisky with an interesting and mythical story about this part of the world.”
https://tinyurl.com/4t2vmapb 

Can Storytelling Catalyze Culture Change
“Storytelling has always been a way to transmit culture. Why else would our ancestors gather around a fire to tell stories, to pass down traditions, to impart knowledge to younger generations? But what if we could use stories to drive culture change by shifting the UN Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) mindset from one that prioritizes hierarchy to one that places just as much value in the organization’s diverse workforce? A team at UNHCR believes that one way to do that may be to let staff at every level tell their own stories.”
https://tinyurl.com/mvm5jebx

Carlsbad company offering scary stories on the beach
“A Carlsbad-based company, Beach Genie, which provides customers with a pampered beach day experience, is now offering year-round scary storytelling events on the beach in time for the Halloween season…The Walkers partnered with professional storyteller Marilyn McPhie, the president of the Storytellers of San Diego and Pacific Region Director for the National Storytelling Network, in the hopes of elevating beachgoers’ experience…In preparation for Christmas, the company has Santa Claus join a holiday bonfire party on the beach for 90 minutes before “flying back to the North Pole.”
https://tinyurl.com/2p858src


Choctaw Cultural Center to open this week
“Throughout the Cultural Center – indoors and outdoors – Choctaw tribal members have the opportunity to teach, learn and actively participate in the Choctaw culture. Activities like gathering for special presentations and Choctaw films, participating in the Choctaw tradition of oral storytelling or playing in a demonstration stickball game, all help keep the Choctaw spirit alive.”
https://tinyurl.com/2p94wsee

Eco Warriors wins Youth4Nature Award in environmental awareness through storytelling

“Leadership of the group used the power of words carefully crafted to arouse interest and sustain suspense as they told childhood stories. It is a highly participatory exercise which ensures that members who are predominantly students interact with the storyteller throughout the process.”
https://tinyurl.com/ycksn26k

The Folktale Resurgence
“When places and features of the landscape are tied to old stories, knowing and remembering those old stories as we walk through the land can weave us into its history, connecting us to the ancestral voices, helping to establish enduring bonds between individuals and the natural world around them – whether that be animals, plants, or features like mountains and rocks. They connect us to land and show us how to engage with it in a deeper way.”
https://tinyurl.com/2p8szknm

Forgotten Women of Grimms’ Fairy Tales

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were real people, not mythical figures… Contrary to what many readers assumed, the brothers did not write the tales. The tales were a group effort that required communal scholarship and work by multiple contributors…more than half the tales had a woman’s hand in them. The women served as fairy tale “think tanks.”
https://tinyurl.com/2p88xfk9

How Indigenous Oral Tradition Is Guiding Archaeology and Uncovering Climate History in Alaska
In south-central Alaska a chief named Łtaxda’x (EL-tax-da) once owned “a dish hewn from the horn of a giant moose.” When he died, his brothers fought over this ceremonial platter of the Raven clan. As the legend continues, one of the brothers who lost the battle led some of the people away from their ancestral home. Aron Crowell, director of the Alaska division of the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, conducted scientific research revealing “that the migration story of the Tlingit ancestors is essentially true.”
https://tinyurl.com/3mk2udtm

How Nupur Aggarwal, the storyteller, 'storifies' lessons to make them so much more fun
“Nupur, who has been associated with Bengaluru-based Storywallahs, an organisation that has made telling stories their business…What we essentially do is storify concepts from the curriculum and then handhold them through the process of consistently using the technique of storytelling in the classroom,"
https://tinyurl.com/2p98nkb5

How Stories Connect And Persuade Us: Unleashing the Brain Power of Narrative

When you listen to a story, whatever your age, you're transported mentally to another time and place.” Research has shown that while listening to a has proven that A growing body of brain science offers even more insight into what's behind these experiences.”
https://tinyurl.com/yc4e6m3y

Please note, websites change at a rapid pace and weblinks may change or break without notice. I cannot be responsible for redirected or broken links. At the time of this posting all links were in working order. Thank you for understanding.

Karen Chace 2021 ©

This blog post was researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission, please contact me at storybug@aol.com. Of course, if you wish to link to my blog via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I appreciate your support and personal integrity.

 



 

Monday, November 8, 2021

Chinese New Year 2022: Year of the Water Tiger

Painted by Gai Qipie
1660-1734
2022 is the Year of the Water Tiger in the Chinese New Year. “The Tiger is the third sign of the Chinese Zodiac and is thought of as Ruler of the beasts on Earth. It is believed that a person born in the year of the Tiger is courageous, optimistic, tolerant, and generous. They can expect a long life, and were born to command, not to obey.
https://www.tigerstealive.com/tiger-who-came-to-tea-blog/tigers-what-they-mean-in-chinese-culture/

- The tiger is one of the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals.
- Tigers represent royalty in eastern Asia. In fact, the marking on the tiger’s forehead looks very similar to the Chinese character that is
translates to the English word 'King.' Therefore, the tiger has been dubbed the King of the Animals.

- The White Tiger represents the west of China as well as the season  of autumn. It is one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese Constellation.
- They are the national animals of Malaysia, South Korea, Bangladesh, and India.
- Because of its stalking and hunting abilities, the tiger was used to
   represent the highest army general in the armies of Imperial China.
   https://www.tigers.org.za/tigers-in-culture-and-folklore.html


STORIES

Anansi Claims His Fame – West Africa
https://products.kitsapsun.com/archive/2000/06-25/0087_tell_me_a_story__anansi_claims_hi.html

Anansi, Firefly, and Tiger - India
https://mocomi.com/indian-folk-tales-anansi-firefly-and-tiger/

The Fox and the Tiger - China
https://www.worldoftales.com/Asian_folktales/Chinese_Folktale_26.html#gsc.tab=0

The Goat that Ate Tigers – West Bengal
https://booksameya.in/the-goat-that-ate-tigers/

How the Tiger Got Its Strength - Khasi
http://mythfolklore.blogspot.com/2014/07/khasi-how-tiger-got-his-strength.html

How the Tiger Got Its Stripes – South America
https://www.scribd.com/document/152782463/HOW-THE-TIGER-GOT-ITS-STRIPS-South-American-Folktale

The Legend of How Tiger Became a Chinese Zodiac
http://en.chinaculture.org/focus/focus/2010spring/2010-01/26/content_367588.htm

The Nodding Tiger - China
https://www.worldoftales.com/Asian_folktales/Chinese_Folktale_8.html#gsc.tab=0

The Tiger and the Monkeys - Khasi
http://mythfolklore.blogspot.com/2014/07/khasi-tiger-and-monkeys.html

Tiger Aunt: Beware of Strangers – Taiwan
https://islandfolklore.com/tiger-aunt/

The Tiger, The Brahman, and the Jackal – Eastern India
https://www.worldoftales.com/Asian_folktales/Indian_folktale_9.html#gsc.tab=0

The Tiger’s Mistake – Malaysia
https://elfinspell.com/FolkloreCollections/Skeat-FablesAndFolk-Tales/Fable-9.html

Tiger Returns the Favor
https://folkency.nfm.go.kr/en/topic/detail/6017

The Tiger’s Whisker – Korea
https://www.eagle.pitt.edu/sites/default/files/The%20tiger's%20whisker%20korean%20folktale.p

The White Tiger - Korea
https://storiestogrowby.org/story/white-tiger/

Why the Tiger and Stag Fear Each Other - Brazil
https://fairytalez.com/tiger-stag-fear/

2010 Year of the Tiger My previous blog post when 2010 was the Year of the Tiger.
https://karenchace.blogspot.com/2009/12/2010-year-of-tiger.html

BOOKS

24 Wonderful Chinese Folk Tales for Kids
https://www.pragmaticmom.com/2017/12/chinese-folk-tales-kids/


CRAFTS

Activity Village
https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/chinese-new-year-crafts

Family Fun Crafts – Chinese New Year
https://funfamilycrafts.com/category/seasonal-holiday/holidays/chinese-new-year/

Red Ted Art – 11 Must Make Easy Tiger Crafts for Kids
https://www.redtedart.com/tiger-crafts-kids/

Red Ted Art – The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Complements the books of the same name.)
https://www.redtedart.com/tiger-craft-tiger-came-tea/


CURRICULUM

Tigers! A Look a Korea’s Folk Stories Lesson plan for grades 4 – 8 offering additional stories.
https://www.koreasociety.org/images/pdf/KoreanStudies/Monographs_LessonPlans/Elementary/12%20Tigers%20A%20Look%20At%20Korea.pdf


FINGERPLAYS, SONGS, AND RYHMES

Perry Public Library – Year of the Tiger
Songs, rhymes and more for the preschool set.
file:///C:/Users/Story/Documents/MicrosoftWord-Karen/LAPSIT%20PROGRAM%20RESOURCES%20AND%20ARTICLES/Year%20of%20the%20Tiger.pdf

RECIPES

20 Chinese New Year Foods That Will Bring You Good Fortune
https://www.delish.com/entertaining/g438/chinese-new-year-food/


SOMETHING EXTRA

Tigers are revered in many diverse cultures. The sites below offer information from several locations.

Chinese Zodiac  Tiger Symbolism
https://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-zodiac/tiger-chinese-zodiac-sign-symbolism.htm

The Siberian Tiger and the Country of Tiger Tales
– Interesting background information, including two stories, The Tiger and Dried Persimmons and The Matching Mountain Spirit. https://www.asianstudies.org/wp-content/uploads/the-siberian-tiger-and-the-country-of-tiger-tales.pdf

Taming the Year of the Tiger
https://studycli.org/chinese-zodiac/year-of-the-tiger/

Tigers Place in Korean Folklore
https://gogohanguk.com/en/blog/the-tigers-in-korean-folktales/

 

 

Please note, websites change at a rapid pace and weblinks may change or break without notice. I cannot be responsible for redirected or broken links. At the time of this posting all links were in working order. Thank you for understanding.

 

Karen Chace 2021 ©

This blog post was researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission, please contact me at storybug@aol.com. Of course, if you wish to link to my blog via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I appreciate your support and personal integrity.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Celebrating Diwali: The Festival of Lights

 

Goddess Lakshmi
by Raja Ravi Varma
1848-1906

“Hinduism insists on the brotherhood of not only all mankind but of all that lives.”  Mahatma Gandhi

“Diwali or Deepavali is one of the biggest and auspicious festivals celebrated by Hindus all around the globe. The festival of lights signifies peace and joy, the victory of good over evil, and light over darkness every day. It is one of the most symbolic Hindu festivals, and all the communities in the country celebrate it with much pomp. During this festival, people clean their homes, decorate every corner with lights, lamps, diyas, flowers, rangoli, and candles. Families also perform Lakshmi Puja and pray to the Goddess of wealth to bless them with health, wealth, and prosperity.”
https://www.hindustantimes.com/lifestyle/festivals/diwali-2021-significance-history-date-time-puja-muhurat-and-all-you-need-to-know-101635849456204.html


Diwali, celebrated this year on November 4, is also known as the Festival of Lights. I offer you some story sites from India to help you celebrate.

Hitopadesha Tales - A compilation of short stories following the pattern of prose and verse. 
http://tinyurl.com/24vvn29

Jataka Tales - These fables, written in 300 B.C. were intended to impart values of self-sacrifice, morality, honesty, and other values.
http://tinyurl.com/36o6cg3
 

Celebrating the Country of India
This is an older blog post I shared in January of this year. It is full of wonderful resources consisting of  several story collections, along with individual stories, book selections, curriculum and more. 
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2021/01/celebrate-country-of-india.html


CRAFTS

Diwali Diya Mobile 
https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/diya-mobile  

Diwali Door Hanging - Traditional embroidered door hanging to welcome visitors and hopefully the Goddess of Fortune Lakshmi. 
https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/diwali-door-hanging
 

Diwali Coloring Pages 
https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/diwali-colouring-pages
 

RECIPES

100 Diwali Recipes

https://www.indianhealthyrecipes.com/diwali-sweets-recipes-diwali-recipes/


 

Please note, websites change at a rapid pace and weblinks may change or break without notice. I cannot be responsible for redirected or broken links.  At the time of this posting all links were in working order. Thank you for understanding.

 

Karen Chace 2021 ©

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Sunday, August 15, 2021

Be An Angel Day - Stories to Celebrate These Celestial Creatures

The Angel of the Annunciation
by
Carlo Dolci 1653-1655

“Ever felt an angel’s breath in the gentle breeze?
A teadrop in the falling rain?
Hear a whisper amongst the rustle of leaves
or been kidded by a lone snowflake?
Nature is an angel’s favorite hiding place.”   
                                       - Terri Guillemets

When I was young, I was teased because of my abundant freckles but my mother always soothed me by saying, “Your freckles are angel kisses.”  It helped me embrace my freckles and now, I share the same lovely sentiment with my grandsons.

August 22 is Be An Angel Day. It was created in 1993 by Jayne Howard Feldman to encourage kindness. This day encourages us to inspire and support those who need it. It also is about recognizing people who have been angels to us.

To celebrate these celestial creatures I have collected some tales from around the world. Get ready to fly!

STORIES

The Angel – Denmark
http://hca.gilead.org.il/angel.html

The Angel and the Hermit – France
https://www.gutenberg.org/files/36658/36658-h/36658-h.htm#page207

Angel Dance - Indonesia
https://wa-iki.blogspot.com/2011/11/angel-dance-indonesian-folktale.html

The Angel of Death - Scotland
https://www.electricscotland.com/music/tales/angel_death.htm

The Best Wish – The Stories of Three Brothers and an Angel – Slavic
https://fairytalez.com/the-best-wish-the-story-of-three-brothers-and-an-angel/

Dream Bread – Seven variants of the same story from around the world.
https://sites.pitt.edu/~dash/type1626.html

How the Angels Built Lake Lanao - Philippines
http://seasite2.niu.edu/philippine-folk-tales/maranao-myths-how-the-angels-built-lake-lanao/

The Little Man at the Angel’s Pillar - German
https://www.gutenberg.org/files/20496/20496-h/20496-h.htm#Page_25

Mary’s Child - Germany
https://sites.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm003.html

The Pig Brother – United States
https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/68/fairy-tales-and-other-traditional-stories/5097/the-pig-brother/

The Pink – Germany
http://www.authorama.com/grimms-fairy-tales-32.html

The Wonderful Hair – The Story of a Poor Man Who Dreamed of an Angel - Slavic
https://fairytalez.com/the-wonderful-hair-the-story-of-a-poor-man-who-dreamed-of-an-angel/

A Woodsman and an Angel – Korea
http://leverettfolktales.blogspot.com/2012/06/woodsman-and-angel.html

The Tsar and the Angel – Ukraine
https://www.worldoftales.com/European_folktales/Ukrainian_folktale_16.html#gsc.tab=0


C
RAFTS

25 Angel Crafts for Kids
https://craftsbyamanda.com/25-angel-crafts-kids/


SOMETHING EXTRA

Protection and Punishment: Beliefs About Angels in Tudor and Stuart England
https://folklorethursday.com/folklife/protection-punishment-beliefs-angels-tudor-stuart-england/

Angels in the Outfield – A fun, family movie, sure to make you smile.
https://www.imdb.com/video/vi1696120345?playlistId=tt0109127&ref_=tt_ov_vi

Ten of the Best Angels in Literature
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/nov/13/ten-best-angels-literature-mullan


 

Please note, websites change at a rapid pace and weblinks may change or break without notice. I cannot be responsible for redirected or broken links.  At the time of this posting all links were in working order. Thank you for understanding.

 

Karen Chace 2021 ©

This blog post was researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission, please contact me at storybug@aol.com. Of course, if you wish to link to my blog via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I greatly appreciate your support and personal integrity.