A Guide to Buddha Day

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A Guide to Buddha Day

Buddha Day is a very special day in the year of Buddhists and certain Hindus too because the two religions agree on karma (the sum of a person's actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences) and dharma (cosmic law and order). Buddha Day celebrations are also known as Vesak/Wesak, Buddha Purnima or Buddha’s Birthday

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The Tradition of Ramadan

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The Tradition of Ramadan

Ramadan 2018 begins today, Tuesday the 15th of May and ends on the evening of Thursday the 14th of June.  Ramadan is regarded as the holiest season of the Islamic calendar and one of the five pillars of Islam.  It takes place in the 9th month as determined by the lunar Islamic calendar and as such falls on a different date each year. Ramadan is a month of fasting that commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief. 

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5 Secrets to A Successful Community Garden

5 Secrets to A Successful Community Garden

Roughly 374 kilometres south of Sydney, close to Twofold Bay, is the Garden of Eden.   St. George’s Uniting Church set up the native garden in 2006 to enrich the community life in Eden NSW, a coastal town famous for its once legendary pod of killer whales. Today Eden is home not only to a thriving whale watching industry but also to an award-winning community garden where locals grow organic produce, attend permaculture workshops and hold movie nights.

Celebrating Sustainably - Happy Mother's Day Mother Nature!

Celebrating Sustainably - Happy Mother's Day Mother Nature!

Cards, gifts, exotic flowers, a Mother’s Day brunch at her favourite café. You have chalked out the perfect plan to make this day special for your mum. But haven’t you been doing the same things since forever? Why not try something new and make it truly special this year? As you set out to celebrate Mother’s Day on 13th May, do something that’s not just good for your mum but Mother Nature, too.

The History of the ANZAC Biscuit

The History of the ANZAC Biscuit

Each Anzac Day in Australia, these humble biscuits are a sweet diversion on an otherwise sombre occasion.  But have you ever found yourself wondering about the history of the Anzac biscuit?  Well they’re widely believed to have originated around the time of World War I in 1915.  Anzac biscuits were sent by wives and women’s groups to soldiers abroad because they travelled well and didn’t go mouldy like bread did.  However, the biscuits that were sent to soldiers back then were a fry cry from the commercial sweet variety that is popular today.

Starting a Community Garden

Starting a Community Garden

A community garden is a shared space that brings community members together to plant, tend and harvest. This can range from fruits, vegetables, flowers to herbs, and even small livestock. Community gardens can be established for a variety of purposes that can range from health, social, environmental, educational to economic benefits.

Environmental Sustainability Initiatives: Sydney

Environmental Sustainability Initiatives: Sydney

As the global community responds to increasing climate change and limited natural resources, the Sustainability sector has been identified as one of the fastest growing industries worldwide.  But what exactly is Sustainability?  Put simply it is a way of thinking about the environment in terms of the amount and types of resources we use as a community.   This involves thinking about how we can all take measures to conserve energy, save water, recycle and waste.

Whether you’re a passionate conservationist or a concerned individual there are so many outlets to support environmental sustainability in your community.

Why You Should Practise Mindful Eating

Why You Should Practise Mindful Eating

In our contemporary world, we tend to obsess about what we put into our bodies. New diets or supplements abound. The practice of mindful eating asks you to slow down and consider how the food you are eating impacts on you and the earth.  

Say Happy Easter again to your Orthodox Friends

Say Happy Easter again to your Orthodox Friends

By now you may have realised that people of Christian Orthodox faith celebrate Easter on a different day to the official Easter holiday in Australia.  Orthodox Easter Sunday, also called Pascha, will fall on April the 8th 2018.  You might be wondering why this is so; well up until the year 1582, early Christians (both Catholic and Orthodox) used the Julian calendar to calculate Easter Sunday. 

Breaking Bread at Harmony Day 2018 in Blacktown

Breaking Bread at Harmony Day 2018 in Blacktown

Over 600 Sydneysiders joined together in Blacktown’s Bowman Hall to participate in the Breaking Bread initiative, a key event of SydWest and Blacktown City Council’s 2018 Harmony Day celebrations.

The Breaking Bread initiative, Facilitated by FoodFaith and the Faith Ecology Network, brought together over 12 faiths and cultures to learn about each other’s rich food traditions, customs and wisdoms.

Celebrating Sustainably - Sustainable Seder, Anyone?

Celebrating Sustainably - Sustainable Seder, Anyone?

It’s a busy time for Jews. The eight-day festival of Passover starts on March 30 and most
Jewish households are already on an intensive search-and- destroy mission for any hidden
bread crumbs in every nook and cranny of their house.

Celebrating Sustainably - Green Up Your Easter

Celebrating Sustainably - Green Up Your Easter

Easter is just round the corner, it’s a long-weekend, and you are happy as a bunny already.
So, why not make Mother Earth happy too? If you are not sure how, just follow our tips
below to enjoy this festive season in a way that’s good for us and good for the environment.

International Women's Day Part 3

International Women's Day Part 3

In our final instalment to celebrate International Women’s Day for 2018, Judy Friedlander, our Founder and Director closes out the series with  shares her thoughts on International Women’s Day, Feminism and what it all really means to her. 

#PressforProgress

International Women's Day Part 2

International Women's Day Part 2

Continuing on with our International Women’s Day celebration for 2018 here at FoodFaith, Kate Fraser, our Project Manager and Consultant shares her thoughts on International Women’s Day as well as her hopes for the future.

#PressforProgress - International Women's Day with FoodFaith

#PressforProgress - International Women's Day with FoodFaith

In 2018, International Women’s Day(IWD) follows an unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. With the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement highlighting sexual harassment, a spotlight on domestic violence and women feeling more empowered than ever, this year’s campaign is called #PressforProgress.

At FoodFaith, we thought we’d make our celebrations a little more personal by chatting to some of our team and asking their thoughts. Here our two newest and only male team members – Christian Abad and Eric Liebl start us off with their thoughts.

Pick It Up - Clean Up Australia Day 2018

Pick It Up - Clean Up Australia Day 2018

This Sunday the 4th of March is our annual Clean Up Australia Day 2018 so get your gloves ready and join in the fight for a healthier environment. 

What started in 1989 as a single clean up Sydney Harbour initiative has now become Australia’s largest community based environmental event.  In the 27 years it has been running, Clean Up Australia Day has collected over 344 thousand tonnes of rubbish.  This shows the care and passion Australians have for protecting our environment as well as for trying their best to live more sustainably every day of the year. 

Holi – The Hindu Festival of Colour

Holi – The Hindu Festival of Colour

Each year Hindus around the globe celebrate their Holi Mahostav festival.  Also known as ‘The Festival of Colours’ or ‘The Festival of Love’, this ancient Hindu festival dates back to the 7th century.  Hindus in Australia will mark the Holi festival by visiting friends and family, and attending large scale community events taking place during March and April.

Gong Xi Fa Cai

Gong Xi Fa Cai

Although the calendar changes on January 31st for many Australians, plenty of Asian cultures celebrate the Lunar New Year around February each year.  More commonly known in Australia as Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year is on February 16th, 2018 beginning the year of the dog. The dog is the eleventh animal of the Chinese Zodiac and is a symbol of loyalty and honesty.

All over Australia, but particularly in Sydney and Melbourne, there are a wide range of events and activities to celebrate the Lunar New Year. The team at FoodFaith have scoured what’s on offer and found a few that we think are worth checking out.

Let Them Eat Pancakes!

Let Them Eat Pancakes!

What day is always 47 days before Easter? Shrove Tuesday!  Also known as Pancake Tuesday, this day always precedes Ash Wednesday.  It is a day surrounding self-examination and considering what wrongs need to be repented, as well areas in need of personal growth through spirituality.