Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Poem: Burning by Sean Hopwood

By Sean Hopwood

A light bulb with never be able to replicate the beauty
In the pure and simple randomness of a flame
Be it a simple flicker
Or a roaring blaze untamed

From a simple spark it burns
With passion, love, and life
And creates in the room a presence
That you can cut with a knife

A flame burns long and strong
As long as you give it air
And warms the heart and mind
Of all those who are there

It glimmers, twinkles, and flashes
In a delicate battle of wind and flame
As you stare at it in worry
Of this odd and precarious game

It lives to burn and burns to live
Strong as life and the beat of the heart
But if comes a strong gust and blows it out
There is always a match and chance to restart

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Famous December Celebrations: Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa

The number of festivals around the world is too many to determine, in truth hitherto, the count goes on and accumulates. They run from age-old religious ceremonies, commemoration of historical events, homage to distinguished persons, to arbitrary secular festivities (national, communal or cultural). As societies change through time, some festivals become less popular or they diminish altogether, most of the long-standing ones continue to thrive and refashioned to fit the modern times, while others evolve and spawn new or altered traditions. Nevertheless, some basic points remain, and wherever these festivals are observed, they share common elements, like food and big banquets, special clothing, gaiety activities, parades, amongst the rest. As to the answer on how and why they have emerged in the first place varies, it can be to preserve customs and folktales, or oftentimes it’s a matter of opinion (and decision) of those at the helm.