Calgary sits in the sunny eastern foothills of Canada’s Rocky Mountains, where the Bow and Elbow rivers meet. In Alberta,Canada.
The Calgary area was inhabited by pre-Clovis people whose presence has been traced back at least 11,000 years. The area has been inhabited by the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot Confederacy; Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), îyârhe Nakoda, the Tsuut'ina First Nations peoples and Métis Nation, . As Mayor Naheed Nenshi describes, "There have always been people here. In Biblical times there were people here. For generations beyond number, people have come here to this land, drawn here by the water. They come here to hunt and fish; to trade; to live; to love; to have great victories; to taste bitter disappointment; but above all to engage in that very human act of building community."
In 1787, cartographer David Thompson spent the winter with a band of Peigan encamped along the Bow River. He was a Hudson's Bay Company trader and the first recorded European to visit the area. John Glenn was the first documented European settler in the Calgary area, in 1873.
In 1875, the North-West Mounted Police erected Fort Calgary in an effort to police the area.
In 1875, the site became a post of the North-West Mounted Police (now the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or RCMP). The NWMP detachment was assigned to protect the western plains from US whisky traders, and to protect the fur trade. Originally named Fort Brisebois, after NWMP officer Éphrem-A. Brisebois, it was renamed Fort Calgary in 1876 by Colonel James Macleod.
When the Canadian Pacific Railway reached the area in 1883, and a rail station was constructed, Calgary began to grow into an important commercial and agricultural centre. Over a century later, the Canadian Pacific Railway headquarters moved to Calgary from Montreal in 1996. Calgary was officially incorporated as a town in 1884, and elected its first mayor, George Murdoch. In 1894, it was incorporated as "The City of Calgary" in what was then the North-West Territories.The Calgary Police Service was established in 1885 and assumed municipal, local duties from the NWMP.
In 1914, just before the outbreak of the First World War, huge reserves of oil were discovered just outside of town.
Calgary was named after Calgary on the Isle of Mull, Scotland, United Kingdom. In turn, the name originates from a compound of kald and gart, similar Old Norse words, meaning "cold" and "garden", likely used when named by the Vikings who inhabited the Inner Hebrides. Alternatively, the name might be Gaelic Cala ghearraidh, meaning "beach of the meadow (pasture)", or Gaelic for either "clear running water" or "bay farm".
The city had a population of 1,285,711 in 2019, making it Alberta's largest city and Canada's third-largest municipality. Also in 2016, Calgary had a metropolitan population of 1,392,609, making it the fourth-largest census metropolitan area(CMA) in Canada.
Naheed Nenshi, a Muslim and 39 years old, was the first Muslim to become a mayor in Canada, garnering 28,000 votes more than his closest competitor.
Calgary receives an average of 2600 hours of sun per year. This makes it the sunniest city in Canada. If you do not like the cold, perhaps you need to shift countries/cities and live in Calgary.
Calgary is a mountain-high city, and the climate - directly related to the altitude - is dry. Temperatures are mild, especially when compared to most of Canada, and even when it’s cold, it’s usually sunny.
The warm wind of Calgary (Chinook) can raise the temperatures from a low of 5 degrees centigrade to highs of 15 degrees centigrade in a matter of hours.
Year around there is something exciting happing in the city. One of the most famous events is The Calgary Stampede, held every year for 10 days, is the largest outdoor event in the world. It features First Nations Exhibits, world’s largest rodeo, concerts, stage shows, a midway, chuck wagon racing, agricultural competitions and a parade. The event attracts over 1 million attendees.
In the city there are numerous things to see and do here are some of them:
. Calgary Zoo
. Heritage park
. Calgary tower
. Canada olympic park
. Prince’s Island park
. Fish creek provincial park
. The hangar flight museum
. Fort calgary
. The military museum
. Spruce meadows
. Devonian gardens
And many more...
If you choose to go out of the city Banff national park is just an hour drive from the city and on the way you can stop at many beautiful lakes.You can also take the Rocky Mountains railroad for a stunning site seeing.
Calgary is beautiful with its people, vibes and heart. If you’ve never been to the city, you should plan a trip soon you will never regret it.
You may notice that someone has a red flower pinned on their clothes and you may notice that there are tables for fundraising or distribution of flowers here and there
What's going on?
November 11 is a federal public holiday in Canada with the exception of some provinces, it is called Memorial Day or Armistice Day, where armies ceased to fight in World War I on November 11 at 11 am in 1918.
About 100,000 Canadian soldiers were killed in World War I and II.
The Canadian flag is hoisted on government buildings that day and people stand two minutes silently for the lives of soldiers who died in the war.
Red poppy has long been associated with fighting armies in Europe and flowers often covered mass graves that the battles left during World War I have immortalized Canadian poet and soldier John McRae poppy with a well-known poem.
“In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row… ”
In the days before the first commemoration, a US war secretary sold poppy flowers to friends to raise money for veterans.
Since then, a fundraising campaign, known as Poppy Appeal, has been held every year.
1921 was the year the British Royal Corps was founded.
The Canadian Legion, formed in 1925, continued this association.
Poppy was placed on the left lapel near the heart to acknowledge the wartime sacrifice of soldiers.
Donations from the sale of flowers were collected to give to the warriors to the injured and now the proceeds of the donations go to fund the needs of the veterans.
Poppy remains a permanent symbol to perpetuate the sacrifice of those who sacrificed their lives to their homelands.
You can stop wondering now and maybe put a red flower on your clothes, too.
As the weather gets colder, people tend to prepare food and beverages that provide the body with energy and warmth. One of the famous drinks in the Middle East is Sahlab. Sahlab is a perennial plant of orchids and is a decorative plant that grows in the beginning of summer.
It is spread in mountainous forest areas and is characterized by beautiful white flowers or violet tones. The flowers may have a scent spreading in the evening.
Sahlab plant grows 60 cm high. It’s skinny leaves often carry some black spots.
Sahlab has rectangular or oval tubers in light brown color from the outside and creamy yellowish inside. Tubers contain about 50% glue and gels and on protein and time materials about 30% starch, dextrin, sucrose, salts and volatile oils.
The most famous countries where the orchid plant grows Turkey and Morocco, Greece, Iran, Cyprus and Afghanistan.
Orchid syrup ( Sahlab) is made from the roots and tubers of the orchid plant.
Each plant contains two tubers: one main and one smaller sub.
The subtitle is picked in an oval or branched shape.
Wash thoroughly with water and then submerge boiled milk or boiling water for a short period of time, this is to remove the bitter taste from them and to reduce the loss of water-soluble nutrients. As well as to stop the action of enzymes in them.
Leave the tubers to dry alone or dry in the oven. Then store whole or ground.
Uses of Orchid:
Orchid is used to make a popular drink in winter or to make Turkish ice cream.
Orchid is used in traditional medicine in Iran, for example, it is used to treat fever, cough, diarrhea and digestive disorders.
In the Indian subcontinent, it is used as a sexually stimulating nutrient.
* Sahlab contains antioxidants suitable for the treatment of liver diseases.
* Sahlab strengthens sexual performance
* Sahlab calms the digestive system because it contains a substance similar to mucus have this effect.
* Used as astringent to treat diarrhea.
* Helps stop stomach bleeding caused by ulcers of the stomach, duodenum and intestines.
* Used in cases of dysentery.
* Scientific research says it benefits swindlers TB (tuberculosis)
* Helps speed their recovery and you get pulmonary tubers.
How to prepare Sahlab drink:
The methods of preparing an orchid drink vary by culture.
Here's one way:
* Four cups of liquid milk.
* Teaspoon of orchid powder.
* Three teaspoons of sugar
* Teaspoon blossom water (optional)
* Cinnamon for decoration
Mix the sugar with 3 milk and put on low heat with constant stirring.
Melt a spoon orchid in the remaining milk cup
Then add to the pot and continue stirring until the mixture intensifies and becomes homogeneous
Add blossom water to the mixture
Pour the orchid into cups, garnish with cinnamon and serve hot.
Orchid powder can be obtained from grocery stores in Arab countries. In Canada Sahlab powder can be obtained from Arab and Turkish shops.
We wish you a warm and délit full winter.
I was 19 years old when my mother was diagnosed with Breast cancer. Her fight with cancer was a journey of faith and hope. It was a very hard journey on all of us; attempting to describe what we felt and lived is impossible.
Seven years later, she passed away. Cancer was much stronger than her will; weakening her month after month and day after day.
Today after so many years, having been married and kids of my own, I do make sure that I do every test and every screening doctors request, and follow every procedure to ensure I’m doing well.
Not just for me, but also for those I love.
Spreading awareness about cancer, helping people to know more and do more for themselves and for others is very important; not everyone understands fully the risks, and not everyone has access to information about cancer.
In October 1985, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) was founded as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries (now part of AstraZeneca, producer of several anti-breast cancer drugs). The aim of the NBCAM from the start has been to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), also referred to in America as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.
Breast cancer awareness month is a yearly campaign whose intent on educating people about the importance of early screening, tests and more. This campaign starts on October 1 and ends on October 31 every year.
A variety of events around the world are organized in October, including walks and runs, and the pink illumination of landmark buildings.
The pink ribbon is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness. Pink ribbons, and the color pink in general, identify the wearer or promoter with the breast cancer brand and express moral support for women with breast cancer. Pink ribbons are most commonly seen during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The pink ribbon represents fear of breast cancer, hope for the future, and the charitable goodness of people and businesses who publicly support the breast cancer movement. It is intended to evoke solidarity with women who currently have breast cancer.
Breast cancer organizations use the pink ribbon to associate themselves with breast cancer, to promote breast cancer awareness, and to support fundraising.
Each October, many products are emblazoned with pink ribbons, colored pink, or otherwise sold with a promise of a small portion of the total cost being donated to support breast cancer awareness or research.
At the Canadian Cancer Society, October is about more than just raising awareness of breast cancer. It’s about joining a collective of Canadians who are proving that life is bigger than breast cancer. This collective helps fund the best breast cancer research, provides the largest cancer support system in the country, and advocates on behalf of all Canadians for important social change.
Let’s help each other and spread awareness today.
I’ll be posting some information every day during the month of October on my social media channels; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and tumblr.
You are welcome to read and share the information.
Canadian Cancer Society. (https://www.cancer.ca)
Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (https://en.wikipedia.org/)
It took me quite some time to put all this information together. The stories are interesting and the culture is rich. So let’s begin!
When you hear “Dream Catcher” you feel you got to get one so you can catch all your dreams and keep them safe! But is that how the dream catchers work?
When you see a dream catcher you think, how beautiful! Should I get one?
But what are they? Do they catch dreams? How do they work?
Dream catchers are often believed to have originated from the Ojibwa Chippewa tribe in particular.
The Ojibwe, Ojibwa, Chippewa, or Saulteaux are an Anishinaabe people of Canada and the United States. They are one of the most numerous indigenous peoples north of the Rio Grande. In Canada, they are the second-largest First Nations population, surpassed only by the Cree.
The Ojibwe word for dream catcher “asabikeshiinh” actually means “spider,” referring to the web woven to loosely cover the hoop.
“It is believed that dream catchers originated with Asibaikaashi who was known as the Spider Woman. She was a custodian of all the infants and the adults. It became a difficult task for her to take enough care of all the Ojibwe people as they started spreading geographically even to the hooks and crannies of North America.
The women were in charge of weaving the magical webs for the infants. The women made this possible by using willow hoops and sinew to weave the webs. The children were provided with charms as a medium of protection. These charms were idealized to catch any sort of harm that might be present around that place or time.”
Lakota story tells of how Iktomi (spider) came and spoke to an old Lakota spiritual leader who was on a high mountain and had a vision. In his vision, Iktomi, the great trickster and searcher of wisdom, appeared in the form of a spider. Iktomi spoke to him in a sacred language. As he spoke, Iktomi the spider picked up the elder's willow hoop which had feathers, horsehair, beads and offerings on it, and began to spin a web. He spoke to the elder about the cycles of life, how we begin our lives as infants, move on through childhood and on to adulthood. Finally we go to old age where we must be taken care of as infants, completing the cycle.
But Iktomi said as he continued to spin his web, “in each time of life there are many forces, some good and some bad. If you listen to the good forces, they will steer you in the right direction. But, if you listen to the bad forces, they'll steer you in the wrong direction and may hurt you. So these forces can help, or can interfere with the harmony of Nature.” While the spider spoke, he continued to weave his web.
When Iktomi finished speaking, he gave the elder the web and said, The web is a perfect circle with a hole in the center. Use the web to help your people reach their goals, making good use of their ideas, dreams and visions. If you believe in the Great Spirit, the web will filter your good ideas and the bad ones will be trapped and will not pass.
Siberian shamans who lived in Russia also made dream catchers, but no child’s amulet were they: rather, they were a magic tool wielded by the shaman. The shaman hung a dream catcher over his headboard, and the dream catcher helped the shaman to control his dreams: prevent evil spirits who send nightmares from entering them, and also help him see the future in the dreams, give him hints about what to do in difficult situations, talk with good spirits and ask them for advice about important decisions. The shaman’s dreamcatcher wasn’t just there to ensure sweet dreams – it was a guide to the spirit world, a portal to secret knowledge, to wisdom on how to separate truth from lies.
Evil spirits and negative energy entangled in the talisman's web would be vanquished by the rays of the sun, which is why the dreamcatcher was hung where it was sunny in the afternoon. A string with feathers and beads hanging from an amulet served as a conductor of knowledge from the “antenna” to the shaman himself. Prophetic dreams would slide over the soft feathers to the sleeper, bringing him long-awaited answers to questions.
The Indians believed that bad dreams would be ensnared in the web, while good dreams would slip through the hole in the center, and from there be channeled into the sleeper.
“This charm was made of threads and deer tendons which were attached to a willow branch bent into a circle; several feathers were likely also attached, as well as beads made of wood, bone and stone. The dream catcher would be hung over the sleeper, close to his head. And it fostered not only good, but also prophetic dreams, protecting him from negative magic. Dark, evil dreams were dissipated, entangled in the web, while good, important knowledge freely fell upon the person.”
“When morning comes and the dream catcher is exposed to light, the bad dreams dissolve and disappear. They cannot survive in daylight. As the person wakes up he or she feels refreshed after a pleasant and peaceful sleep.”
The shape of the dream catcher is a circle because it represents the circle of life and how forces like the sun and moon travel each day and night across the sky.
There is some contention when it comes to the meaning of the beads that often decorate the dream catcher. According to some American Indians, the beads symbolize the spider—the web weaver itself. Others believe the beads symbolize the good dreams that could not pass through the web, immortalized in the form of sacred charms.
Sandra Laframboise has also interesting information:
“All the parts of the dream catcher has meaning.
To begin, the web represent the spider our brother of life forever repairing the eternal web of life. Thus weaving your life dreams and energy in the universe when you dream.
The ring represents the earth mother and the humble walk we do upon her. The ring was also covered with multi-colored wool representing in my mind and spirit aspects of your personality, moods and emotions. The beads on the web are of the 7 directions thus calling upon them to bless you.
As we believe that we are related to all things and that all things are part of us then the Dream Catcher and medicine wheel is a representation of such sacred belief."
Dream catchers were adopted in the Pan-Indian Movement of the 1960s and 1970s and gained popularity as a widely marketed “Native crafts items” in the 1980s, and many Native Americans still consider the dream catcher to be a symbol of unity and identification among the many Indian Nations and First Nations cultures.
Nowadays, dream catchers are made from different materials, has different colours and are often used for decoration. Whether you have received, or bought, a dream catcher for decorative or other purposes, you have certainly purchased an exquisite piece that carries deep meanings and tells the story of a great people.
I wish this information answered some of your questions. I greatly appreciate the First Nation culture and I’ll do my best to continue to create pieces that reflect this beautiful and rich culture.
As parents we are supposed to protect and support our kids. As they get older, the protection part becomes more and more difficult. At some point, we need to let go, knowing they will be safe with our love, trust and prayer. When it comes to football, I can for sure do the support and pray part!
It’s hard to see your son get beaten up for a ball!
So I had three choices: give the other team another football and solve the problem so everyone can go home safe, wear a uniform and go onto the field to protect my son, or stay with the audience and keep praying for everyone to go home in one piece.
“American football is a unique sport -- it is a game about gaining territory as much as it is about scoring points. When two teams step onto a football field, each is battling for every inch it can take from the other. Each team wants to defend the field that is behind it and invade the field in front of it. Ultimately, they want to gain enough ground to score a touchdown or field goal.” https://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/football.htm
I really like this phrase “it’s a unique sport.” Every time I go to watch a game, I try to learn more, and as much as I hate to see the kids fighting, I enjoy their cheers when they score. It is a unique game; with all the respect, self-control and patience you see in the field, you are certain these kids are learning something there.
This game was famous in the nineteenth century, and said to have begun in England when a football player was frustrated by the law of kicking the ball with the foot without touching it with the hands, but he was applauded and admired taking the ball with his hands and dribbled by other players to reach the end of the field.
In the mid 19 century this game became known in America. Many people admired the game, and it became famous in Northeastern universities, particularly Harvard and Yale and in Massachusetts.
In 1876, Harvard University met at Yale University in Northeastern Massachusetts to set rules and study the rules of the game. In the beginning, there were many differences and problems, but at the end of the meeting they acknowledged that the design of the ball had to be changed from a round ball to an oval one.The name of the game was also changed from rugby to football and was under the Inter-Collegiate Football Association (IFA).
I’m sure that there were no mothers at that meeting, or the game would have definitely been something else.
“American and Canadian football both descended from rugby and began in Canada as a game played between British soldiers garrisoned in Montreal. The soldiers played a series of games against students at McGill University. McGill played several games against Harvard in 1874 and a tradition was born. Despite their mutual origins, the Canadian and the American game developed differently and now have substantially different rules and regulations.
The biggest difference between Canadian and American football is the size of the playing field. In Canada, football fields are 110 yards long and 65 yards wide. In America football fields are 100 yards long and 53 and 1/3 yards wide. The goal posts in Canadian football are placed at the front, rather than the back of the end zone which is also deeper in Canadian football than American.
Canadian football teams have twelve players as opposed to the eleven on American teams. Because the same number of players is required at the line of scrimmage in both games, this results in an extra backfield player on Canadian teams. This means that the typical Canadian offensive setup has two slot backs instead of a tight end and on defense, two defensive halfbacks and one safety instead of two safeties as is typical in the American game.
Another difference between the two games is the number of downs. Instead of four as in the American game, Canadian football has three. This results in a more pass and kick oriented game since there are fewer downs available for short-yardage running plays. The kicking rules are also slightly different with the kicker being able to recover and advance his own kick. For this reason, kicking is a much more integral part of Canadian football than American.
The biggest difference between the kicking rules in the two games is that there is no fair catch rule in Canadian football. In American football, if a kick returner thinks he will not be able to advance the ball after recovery, he can signal for a fair catch and be immune from contact. In Canadian football no player on the kicking team except the kicker and any players behind him on the field may ever be within 5 yards of the ball unless it has been touched by an opponent. Also, in Canadian football any kick that goes into the end zone is a live ball, except for successful field goals.”
Sports teach kids discipline; they develop mental abilities and increase concentration by thinking about how to play and win. They tighten kids’ body, increase their flexibility, and reduce fatigue and stress in the case of doing any work in normal conditions. Also, sports increase self-confidence and develop the spirit of cooperation, participation and teamwork.
For all of these and more, I will always support my kids playing sports.
I will always enjoy being with the audience, cheering and praying; God willing I will not miss a game. “Go bulldogs go...”
At some point in our lives we have to make weird decisions; such as going on a long road trip with four kids and a husband!
When my husband first told me about the move from Ottawa to Calgary I was so thrilled, However, that didn't last longs I started to worry when he said we should do it within a week and we don’t have enough days for a long road trip. The plan was to get to Calgary before the starting of the schools in order to enrol the kids.
Long story short, or not that short, we left Ottawa at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, our first stop was Sault ste Marie .. it was a long drive as we had to stop several times for toilet and food. And because we left late that day, we reached the hotel around 1:00 am on Wednesday.
Wednesday morning after we had breakfast we decided that we couldn't drive another 8 hours. We were so exhausted. So we spent the day discovering the city and left the day following.
It was a great decision;
Sault Ste Marie is a beautiful city in Ontario, it’s on the St. Marys river, north of the U.S. borders. The city is full of cultural and historical sites. We had a lovely day and a peaceful night made us ready for the drive on the next day.
On Thursday we drove to our second stop: Thunder Bay.
We reached there before sunset, picked a nice restaurant, had a hot meal and then headed to the hotel and spent the night.
Thunder Bay is the largest city in the northwest Ontario. The city takes its name from the immense Thunder Bay at the head of Lake Superior, known on the 18th century French maps as Baie du Tonnerre (Bay of Thunder).
Friday morning we drove to our third stop: Winnipeg in Manitoba
It was an interesting drive; as we drove closer to Manitoba We could feel the difference in land. More hills, no more mountains.
We were heading to the beginning of the Canadian Prairies (Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.)
We reached Winnipeg before sunset, and had a hot meal then went to the hotel to rest.
Saturday morning we drove to our fourth stop: Regina in Saskatchewan
As we were getting closes and closer to Calgary we were more tired and excited.
The drive to Regina was not long as the ones before which was good. We needed the extra hours to have some rest and relax.
Regina is the capital and the second largest city of Saskatchewan. The city is full of places to visit and explore.
Sunday morning we drove to our destination: Calgary.
It was a drive full of emotions, memories and happiness..
We reached Calgary around 5:00 pm.
All the mixed emotions leaving our friends in Ottawa and coming back to a city we love and people we miss in Calgary made us more strong and made us think about the importance of having true people in our lives.
Some tips when you go on a road trip with kids :
.Bring lots of snacks. Try to bring even snacks you will not allow at your house on daily bases or ever! (you can by them as you stop on the road)
.Charge all the devices you have; sell phones , I pads, tablets.... don’t stick to your rules at home, these won’t work in a car for long rides!
.Have books, magazines and activity books handy.
.Have road games ready, such as; story telling, poem challenges, songs competition ...
.Try to stop as often as possible not just for toilet, gas and food.. if you find a nice area where the kids can run a little bit or throw a ball or even pick rocks, leaves and flowers that will be great.
.Be patient as possible it’s hard to be squeezed in a closed place on four wheels for a long time.
.Don’t forget to be ready for emergencies; first aid kit, blankets, lights....
And for sure don’t forget allergy, pain and fever and stomach upset medications.
.Try not to drive at night, no lights on the roads and high chance of animals crossing.
.If you have time try to spend it exploring the cities or towns you stop in.
.Plan your trip ahead of time and insure that you book to sleep in good hotels.
I would definitely do it again with the same kids and husband.
Please let me know if you have any questions or need more information.
Reading is a very interesting activity for some people, and others are doing it because it has to be done. Either way it would be disturbing if you lose the page you are at when you leave the book for a while, you need a book mark!
A bookmark used to keep the readers place in a book and enables him/her to return to it easily.
Who invented this great thing and when?
Researched said that it was used in the 1st century AD.
The earliest exciting bookmark dates from the 6th century AD. And was made of ornamented leather linked with vellum on the book and was attached with a leather strap to the cover of a Coptic Codex. It was found near Sakkara, Egypt.
“The first detached, and therefore collectible, bookmarkers began to appear in the 1850s. One of the first references to these is found in Mary Russell Mitford's Recollections of a Literary Life (1852): "I had no marker and the richly bound volume closed as if instinctively." Note the abbreviation of 'bookmarker' to 'marker'. The modern abbreviation is usually 'bookmark'. Historical bookmarks can be very valuable, and are sometimes collected along with other paper ephemera.”
Nowadays bookmarks can be attached to the books or can be clipped or placed in them,
Bookmarks can be made of many materials; paper, leather, fabric, beads, dried flowers and more...
I encourage my kids to make their own bookmarks, this will make reading more exciting!
In our shop we have bookmarks made from different materials, click here to check them out!
Tree of life. That symbol has amazed me over and over again. Reading about it has certainly made me more attached to what it represents.
The tree of life is a popular symbol in many cultures and religions. It’s been used for ages to symbolize a fresh start and positive energy.
“The oldest known example was found in the Domuztepe excavations in Turkey, which dates back to about 7000 BC. It is believed that the symbol spread from there in various ways.
A similar depiction of the tree was discovered in the Acadians, which dates back to 3000 BC. The symbols depicted a pine tree, and because pine trees do not die, the symbols are believed to be the first depictions of the Tree of Life.”
The Celtic Culture believed that trees were human ancestors, they believed it had magical powers so when they cleared their lands, they would leave one single tree standing in the middle. They would hold their important gatherings under this tree, and it was a very serious crime to cut it down.
"In Buddhism, the tree represents the path to enlightenment and, as such, it symbolizes life."
"Ancient Egyptians believed that the tree of life represents both death and abundance. With branches representing the heavens, the tree symbolic of the Centre of the universe and roots reaching down into the underworld."
"In African cultures, the baobab tree (also known as the bottle tree) is generally known as the tree of life. This is because the baobab tree stores water and produces fruit, even in arid and harsh climates. It is often seen as a life-saver during desperate times and the tree is respected and looked after as such."
While roots go deep in the ground giving the feeling of strength and stability, the branches reach the sky free, new, happy and proud.
Using all elements in nature: water, air, earth and fire. The tree of life shows that everything is connected, everyone matters and family is unique and important.
When you need to have something that relates to everything and everyone, you should look for a tree of life. And when you want to give the gift of stability, connection, strength, uniqueness and life, you should give a tree of life.
As tree of life represents itself and doesn’t relate to a certain culture or religion. It’s been a unique symbol for the artisans and designers to use in their designs. In fact, you can find tree of life symbol in pendants, earrings, necklaces and many more. In addition, many of the tree sculptures hold the meaning of the tree of life.
What are handicrafts?
Cambridge dictionary defines handicrafts as: “A skilled activity in which something is made in a traditional way with hands rather than being produced by machines in a factory, or an object made by such an activity.” Handicrafts include a wide variety of objects that are made by hand or by using simple tools.
Moreover, ideas and designs are so unique when it comes to handmade items, as they are the product of long hours of thinking and personal creativity. When it comes to materials, many materials can be used in handmade pieces depending on the crafters. Usually natural materials will be their first choice as skill and creativity will appear in the pieces they make.
Throughout history, handicrafts items played an important role in folk art in many cultures around the world and gave each culture its special taste.
Why do buy handcrafted products?
Usually, we buy products to use them one way or the other. Yet, we buy handicrafts to use them as well as support and preserve the art and craft.
In addition, with most handcrafted items usually made of natural, sustainable materials, by buying these items we can contribute to preserving our environment.
Most importantly, handmade items are made by a person who puts her/his soul and creativity in the piece she/he is making. This piece can’t be duplicated; it will look and feel unique.
Therefore, with a handmade gift, you will be giving something much more meaningful, and you are sure to send your message in an exceptional way.
“Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it” Flannery O’Conner.