NAIDOC Week has been celebrated every July since 1975, with a history dating back to the 1920’s when Aboriginal civil rights groups sought recognition for the treatment of First Nations Australians. This year’s theme, ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth.’, encourages all of us to celebrate and promote Indigenous voices and languages. This week has seen art installations, film screenings, and community workshops among many other events being held across Sydney and the rest of the country.
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FoodFaith has gone from strength to strength this year – from our ‘seedling’ Lane Cove garden in our first year of operation to events such as Blacktown’s Breaking Bread initiative on Harmony Day which attracted 600 people, the panel discussion that was part of Friends of Good Food Month and, of course, establishing new community gardens that showcase environmental and social sustainability. We are so excited to be helping The Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency (MECA) develop a community garden in Mt Druitt for refugees and new migrants.
In this second part of our Food & Culture series, Madalena Tran talks about how her time in Sydney experiencing a different food culture has enhanced and changed her views on food.
Enjoy her story below through the delicious food she found as well as the food she was able to experience whilst working with FoodFaith. A special thanks goes to the Vietnamese Buddhist Youth Association and MECA Mt Druitt.
Billions of households across the world are abuzz with activity and excitement. Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is just around the corner. And so are the elaborate preparations: shopping for new clothes, preparing sweets and savouries for family and friends, spring cleaning the house, and planning for all the fun and frolic this festival entails. But how can we celebrate more sustainably? Read on to find out.
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year starts on September 9 and is to be celebrated until sundown on September 11, this year. An opportunity for good food and fun with family and friends, this festival also is a time for looking inwards -- to reflect upon your actions over the past year and seek tshuva (repentance) and forgiveness for any wrongdoings. Let the noise of the shofar be loud enough to wake you up to a more conscientious and sustainable way of life with our suggestions below.
The Bahá’í Faith was established in 1863 in Iran by Baháʹuʹlláh (which means Glory of God in Arabic). This religion originates from an earlier, smaller faith called Bábísm. Bábísm was founded by Ali-Muhammed or “Báb”, and foretold of the mission of a prophet who would follow Muhammed - Baháʹuʹlláh proclaimed himself as this prophet and subsequently The Bahá’í Faith was born.
Let us all bring out our gardening tools and plant a sapling this National Tree Day on 29th July, 2018. Celebrated on the last Sunday of July, the day was started in Australia by the non-profit Planet Ark, in 1996. It has become the largest nature care and tree-planting event in Australia since then with over 3.8 million people having planted 24 million trees in the last 22 years.
NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held under the theme – Because of Her – We can! and will take place nationally from Sunday July 8 through to Sunday 15 July. NAIDOC week is held each year in Australia to celebrate the history, achievements and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC week is now widely celebrated by both indigenous and non-indigenous local communities nationally.
It is a special time of the year for Muslims across the globe. Millions of devout Muslims are keeping a roza (daily fast from dawn to dusk) to observe the holy month of Ramadan and can’t wait to celebrate Eid at the end of this 30-day fasting tomorrow. Balance, moderation, and abstinence from reckless temptation is the most important message of Islam. As you celebrate Eid this year, take it as an opportunity to imbibe this message in all that you do. Not only is this a great way of life but is also the need of the hour for protecting our environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ramadan is the holy month for Muslims and falls in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.
Ridvan is a 12-day festival in the Baha’i faith remembering when the founder of Baha'i, Baha-u-llah declared his mission.
Rice is the seed of the grass species Oryza sativa and provides one-fifth of the calories consumed worldwide by humans.