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It’s the time to pay tribute to our home planet earth. This year 22nd April 2009 falls on a wednesday.

What is Earth day and how did it comes about ?

Actually, the idea for Earth Day evolved over a period of seven years starting in 1962. For several years, state of our environment was simply a non-issue in the politics of the country. Finally, in November 1962, an idea occurred, a virtual cinch to put the environment into the political “limelight” once and for all. The idea was to persuade President Kennedy to give visibility to this issue by going on a national conservation tour. Discuss the proposal with Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who liked the idea and  so did the President. The President began his five-day, eleven-state conservation tour in September 1963. For many reasons the tour did not succeed in putting the issue onto the national political agenda. However, it was the germ of the idea that ultimately flowered into Earth Day.  

Earth Day, celebrated April 22, is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth‘s environment. It is held annually during both spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn in the southern hemisphere. It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in in 1970 and is celebrated in many countries every year.

The United Nations celebrates an Earth Day each year on the March equinox, a tradition which was founded by peace activist John McConnell in 1969.

(Read more about earth day ~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Day )

 
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Earth Day 2009, April 22, will mark the beginning of The Green Generation CampaignTM which will also be the focus of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2010. With negotiations for a new global climate agreement coming up in December, Earth Day 2009 must be a day of action and civic participation, to defend The Green GenerationTM’s core principles: 

  • A carbon-free future based on renewable energy that will end our common dependency on fossil fuels, including coal.
  • An individual’s commitment to responsible, sustainable consumption.
  • Creation of a new green economy that lifts people out of poverty by creating millions of quality green jobs and transforms the global education system into a green one.

On our home front, 8TV and ntv7 did a few advertisment with their announcers speaking up about greening and caring for the earth. I do admit it’s kinda  lame but better something than nothing. There will be a Earth day run in Penang. As for Ipoh, I’ve yet to come across anything to do with earth day. The most important thing is to make everyone AWARE that they cannot,  NOT care for the earth. They are earthling ain’t they ? Don’t they care about earth and passing on a living planet to their children ?

As for me, Earth day this year will be spent greening my garden and making sure that it’s a place that will welcome all god’s creatures. Notice that ever since we dug up a mini pond, there seems to have a huge population of frogs, toads, ladybirds, lizards etc that’s making their home here. We actually have more garden visitors and less mosquitos (blood suckers). Below is some photos from my hubby flickr site – garden’s visitors.

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Wanna see more garden visitors ? Here.

HAVE A GREAT GREEN EARTH DAY. STAY GREEN. BE GREEN. REDUCE WASTE. REUSE WHENEVER POSSIBLE. REPAIR RATHER THAN REPLACE. RECYCLE WHEN ALL ELSE IS NOT POSSIBLE. MAY THIS EARTH DAY BRING YOU MORE GREEN. ENJOY NATURE. LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST. 

GREEN BITCH/WITCH 🙂

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On 18 April 1982 on the occasion of a symposium organised by ICOMOS in Tunisia, the holding of the “International Day for Monuments and Sites” to be celebrated simultaneously throughout the world was suggested. This project was approved by the Executive Committee who provided practical suggestions to the National Committees on how to organise this day.

The idea was also approved by the UNESCO General Conference who passed a resolution at its 22nd session in November 1983 recommending that Member States examine the possibility of declaring 18 April each year “International Monuments and Sites Day”. This has been traditionally called the World Heritage Day.

World Heritage is the shared wealth of humankind. Protecting and preserving this valuable asset demands the collective efforts of the international community. This special day offers an opportunity to raise the public’s awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, as well as draw attention to its vulnerability.

ICOMOS, the International Council for Monuments and Sites makes a number of suggestions on how to celebrate the World Heritage Day:

  • Visits to monuments and sites, and restoration works, possibly with free admission
  • Articles in newspapers and magazines, as well as television and radio broadcasts
  • Hanging banners in town squares or principal traffic arteries calling attention to the day and the preservation of cultural heritage
  • Inviting local and foreign experts and personalities for conferences and interviews
  • Organising discussions in cultural-centres, city halls, and other public spaces
  • Exhibitions (photos, paintings, etc)
  • Publication of books, post-cards, stamps, posters
  • Awarding prizes to organisations or persons who have made an outstanding contribution to the conservation and promotion of cultural heritage or produced an excellent publication on the subject.
  • Inaugurate a recently restored monument
  • Special awareness raising activities amongst school children and youth
  • Promotion of “twinning” opportunities between organizations, defining areas for co-operation; exchange of speakers; organisation of meetings and seminars, or the editing of joint publications.

On our local front, Perak Heritage Society (PHS) will be celebrating World’s Heritage Day 2009 in Gopeng. It is in conjunction with the official opening of No.28 Jalan Eu Kong, a yet to be named history and culture centre. Make the day free and join in the heritage walk.

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“The Perak Heritage Society (PHS) supports hometown heritage and the efforts of the Gopeng history centre in creating a space for the appreciation of the town’s history, for both locals and visitors. We hope that other shophouse owners in Gopeng will get inspired to renew their buildings and put it to economic uses, to create employment opportunities to the young and stop the drain of human resources.

 On this day, various heritage sites in town will share the joy of the occasion and welcome visitors. The PHS will offer a self-guide map to Gopeng with walking trails (at minimal cost), as well as guided walk on request for a donation yet to be set.

 The official opening ceremony begins at 10 am. It will be followed by light refreshments for invited guests, then a guided walk. “

– Law Siak Hong (President, Perak Heritage Society)

For those of you who still have questions regarding this event can contact Mr. Law -Phone enquiries: 017.506 1875.

Spread this news to family members and friends. The more the merrier. See you there. Be apart of history.

green w.i.t.c.h.

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tombIt is that time of the year again for Chinese to go tomb sweeping and pay respect to the dead. Qing Ming and Easter are always quite close together every year.

Qing Ming celebrated two weeks after the vernal equinox, Tomb Sweeping Day is one of the few traditional Chinese holidays that follows the solar calendar– typically falling on April 4, 5, or 6 ~ celebrates the rebirth of nature, while marking the beginning of the planting season and other outdoor activities.  In ancient times, people celebrated Qing Ming Jie with dancing, singing, picnics, and kite flying. Colored boiled eggs would be broken to symbolize the opening of life. In the capital, the Emperor would plant trees on the palace grounds to celebrate the renewing nature of spring. In the villages, young men and women would court each other.

This celebration of life became a day to the honor past ancestors. Following folk religion, the Chinese believed that the spirits of deceased ancestors looked after the family. Sacrifices of food and spirit money could keep them happy, and the family would prosper through good harvests and more children.

Today, Chinese visit their family graves to tend to any underbrush that has grown. Weeds are pulled, and dirt swept away, and the family will set out offerings of food and spirit money(see below photo). Unlike the sacrifices at a family’s home altar, the offerings at the tomb usually consist of dry, bland food. One theory is that since any number of ghosts  around a grave area, the less appealing food will be consumed by the ancestors, and not be plundered by strangers.

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The burning of paper products is not something I truly agree with but it is part of the chinese old tradition.

As for Easter, comes from Eastre, an ancient Anglo-Saxon goddess, originally of the dawn. In pagan times an annual spring festival was held in her honor. Some Easter customs have come from this and other pre-Christian spring festivals. Others come from the Passover feast of the Jews, observed in memory of their deliverance from Egypt. The resurrection of Jesus took place during the Passover. In the early days of Christianity Easter and the Passover were closely associated.

Many Easter symbols and customs come from the Old World.

The Cross : The Cross is the symbol of the Crucifixion, as opposed to the Resurrection. However, at the Council of Nicaea, in A.D. 325, Constantine decreed that the Cross was the official symbol of Christianity. The Cross is not only a symbol of Easter, but it is more widely used, especially by the Catholic Church, as a year-round symbol of their faith.

Easter Lilly : The white lily symbolizes the Resurrection. Yet, lilies have long been revered by pagans of various lands as a holy symbol associated with reproduction. It was considered a phallic symbol!

The Easter Bunny : The Easter Bunny also originated with the pagan festival of Eastre. The goddess, Eastre, was worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons through her earthly symbol, the rabbit. The Germans brought the symbol of the Easter rabbit to America. It was widely ignored by other Christians until shortly after the Civil War. Easter itself was not widely celebrated in America until after that time.

The Easter Egg : The exchange of eggs in the springtime is a custom that was centuries old when Easter was first celebrated by Christians. The egg was a symbol of rebirth in most cultures. Eggs were often wrapped in gold leaf or, if you were a peasant, colored brightly by boiling them with the leaves or petals of certain flowers.

Today, children hunt colored eggs and place them in Easter baskets along with the modern version of real Easter eggs — plastic eggs filled with chocolate candy. This year Easter falls on the 12th April 2009.

Happy Qing Ming & Easter!

greenwitch 8)

The photo of the tomb above belongs to Sybil Kathigatsu and her mom. Visited it last year during her death anniversary.

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aprilfoolsday

Well, it’s the day where some of us go Tom follery. April 1st this year falls on Wednesday. Unlike other holidays, no known history of how it came about. Practical jokes are common practice on this day. April Fool’s Day is a “for-fun-only” observance. Nobody is expected to buy gifts or to take their “significant other” out to eat in a fancy restaurant. Nobody gets off work or school. It’s simply a fun little holiday, but a holiday on which one must remain forever vigilant, for he may be the next April Fool!

What will I be doing on this day ? Not sure actually. Just a warning to those always in front of the computer – warning from CNN

No joke in April Fool’s Day computer worm

I’m not sure if this is an elaborate joke but “it’s better to be safe than sorry”.

For those of you who can’t get enough of this day, check out more here.

HAVE A WONDERFUL FUN FILLED APRIL FOOL’S DAY. SMILE. 😉 Look where you are going, check where you sit, after all it’s only once a year.

green witch 8)

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