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Chinese Lantern Festival

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One February morning many years ago, I walked into my first grade classroom to find it decked out with a plethora of red, ornately decorated glowing lanterns. As morning meeting got underway, our teacher explained that it was the Chinese Lantern Festival which marked the first full moon of the traditional Chinese calendar and was the culmination of the Chinese New Year festivities bringing a glorious end to fifteen days of feasting and celebration. As we listened,…
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The Charada China

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It is a commonly held belief in spiritual circles that we receive messages in our dreams both from our spirit guides and our own subconscious psychic intuition. In Cuban Santeria and Espiritsmo circles, a system has been devised that associates the images seen in dreams to numbers that may be played in the lottery. This system of dream interpretation is known as the Charada China. I have used it several times successfully myself and recommended it others…
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Obon: A Japanese Festival in Honor of the Ancestors

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In the past, I have written about several Asian holidays where the ancestors and the dead in general are venerated and presented with offerings, most specifically Qing Ming and the Festival of the Hungry Ghosts.  On the latter, it is believed that the souls of one’s ancestors are able to return to visit family and also another class of spirit known as “Hungry Ghosts” are particularly active as well.  These are the spirits who have nobody to…
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Qingming: The Festival of Pure Brightness

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Throughout the world, various cultures have ways of honoring departed family members and loved ones.  Many of us in the west are family for All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days, which is a time to clean and decorated family graves with candles and flowers and offer prayers for them at home and in church. In Mexico and Central America altars erected for these Days of the Dead and can be quite elaborate and exquisitely beautiful.  In the…
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Mid Autumn Moon Festival

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Autumn is a wonderful time of year during which the earth gives us the fruits it has been growing since spring and the veil between our world and the spirit world is at its thinnest.   It’s even been called “The Season of the Witch.”  Throughout time and in numerous cultures, there have been and continue to be holidays and festivals that recognize the many blessings of this time of year.  One such holiday comes from China and…
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