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Jacqui Oakley 2015
If you’re in Toronto and especially if you have children, please drop by for our book launch, Thursday October 18, 6:30-8:00pm. Myself and the writer Catherine Rodina will be there along with tons of activities including face painting, lantern-making, henna and more. It should be fun. I can’t wait to see how the kids like it!
The event is: Thursday, October 18, 6:30-8:00pm, Toronto Public Library, York Woods Branch, 1785 Finch Ave. West, Toronto.
Here’s a few more images from the book from the Swedish holiday of Walpurgis & India’s colourful Diwali. I will have some of the original paintings on display at the event and I’m so excited to finally show this work.
Walpurgis Night (Valborg) is a traditional April holiday which welcomes Spring and is celebrated in Sweden, Finland, Germany, Czech Republic & Estonia. Bonfires are lit to scare away predators from cattle but also to frighten away supposed evil spirits. The holiday takes place exactly six months from All Hallow’s Eve and is originally from Germany and brought to countries like Sweden in the 18th century. The night originally stood for the gathering and meeting of witches and now people still dress up as witches to wander the streets in a carnival-like mood. I’m down with any festival were one gets to dress up and hang around big bonfires.
Here is Diwali which is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row of clay lamps that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize inner light. Indians celebrate with family gatherings, glittering clay lamps, festive fireworks, strings of electric lights, bonfires, flowers, sharing of sweets, and worship to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, luck & happiness. Some believe that Lakshmi wanders the Earth looking for homes where she will be welcomed. On this night people open their doors and windows and light lamps to invite Lakshmi in.
Much more about this and the other beautiful holidays are mentioned in Lighting Our World by Kids Can Press which you can get find in book stores and online now. I hope some of your children enjoy it. I really wanted to try and create the atmosphere of books I loved reading as a kid.
Catherine Rodina has done a lovely job describing all the variety that can be found in these colourful festivals around the world. Check out her website to see more of her wonderful kids books and please come out October 18, meet both of us, see the art, make some lanterns and eat some candy! Should be a fun evening.