Day: December 23, 2016

WALKABOUT by Ken Hirter – Christ’s Church Cathedral

For the second year in a row my Walkabout finds me coming full circle to that of Christ’s Church Cathedral located at 252 James Street North in beautiful Hamilton, Ontario. A place of Community, Compassion and Hope. I’ve been to a few events held at Christ Church Cathedral during 2016. Here are a few of them: The first event I attended was held between May 1st to 7th 2016. The beautiful Church ceilings was awash with green for Mental Health Awareness Week as I reflected to myself that “Everyone Struggles” and the stigma that some labels may evoke in...

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New Year’s Traditions

Submitted by Brian Roulston New Year’s is one of the worlds greatest celebrations we observe aside from Christmas and Easter. But do we know why? This festivity was started some 4000 years ago in ancient Babylon located in what is now known as Hillah, roughly 85 km south of Baghdad, Iraq. For the Babylonians, the first new moon following the vernal equinox, the day in mid-March when there are equal amounts of sunlight and darkness, would be the start of a new year. It was celebrated with a massive religious festival called Akitu that involved different rituals on each of its 11 days celebrating the mythical victory of the Babylonian sky god Marduk over the evil sea goddess Tiamat. The first time New Year’s was held was on January 1st was in ancient Rome 153 BC. However, this date was not always strictly nor widely observed and would sometimes be celebrated on March 1. When Europe and the American colonies adopted a reformed Gregorian Calendar in 1752 January 1st became the official New Year’s Day. Different cultures may celebrate New Years on days other than January 1st. The Chinese New Year’s first day of the new year falls on the new moon between January 21st and February 20th. In 2017 the first day of the Chinese New Year will be on Saturday January 28th. Many Orthodox Christians will celebrate...

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