Saint Antoine de Padoue – Docteur de l’Eglise

Antoine de Padoue n’est pas seulement le saint des objets perdus.Grand évangélisateur de l’Europe de XIIIe siècle.Docteur de l’Eglise, ses enseignements sont vivants et subtils. C’est pourquoi il passionne le P.Valentin Strappazzon et le frère Bernard Cerles, auteurs d’ouvrages sur le saint de Padoue et invités de Régis Burnet.

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Chinese New Year Festivities

Chinese New Year 2014, San Francisco

Chinese New Year Celebrations 2014, San Francisco, California.

Celebrations around the World: Chinese New Year

Legends spoke of the wild beast Nien (which also is the word for “year”) that appeared at the end of each year, attacking and killing villagers. Loud noises and bright lights were used to scare the beast away, and the Chinese New Year celebrations were born. Chinese New Year is a 15-day celebration and each day, many families rotate celebrations between homes of their relatives. The festivities are day-long and people eat special food such as rice, walnuts, different colored dry fruit, raisins, sweet red bean paste, Chicken, duck, fish and pork dishes.

Aside from New Year’s Eve, there are many important days of the 15-day New Year Festival, as for example, JIE CAI CENG, which celebrates the Welcoming of the Gods of Wealth and Prosperity. On the 5th day of New Year’s, it is believed that the gods of prosperity come down from the heavens. Businesses will often participate in setting off firecrackers as they believe it will bring them prosperity and good fortune for their business.

The 15th day of the New Year is known as The Festival of Lanterns and marks the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations. All types of lanterns are lit throughout the streets and often poems and riddles are often written for entertainment. The rabbit lantern stems from a Chinese myth or fairytale about a female goddess named “Chang E” who jumped onto the moon. So she wouldn’t travel alone, she brought a rabbit with her to keep her company. It is said that if your heart is pure enough, you can see the goddess Chang E and her rabbit on the moon on this day.

Red envelopes filled with money are typically only given to children or unmarried adults with no job. The color red denotes good luck/fortune and happiness/abundance in the Chinese Culture and is often worn or used for decoration in other celebrations. As always the Dragon is present in many Chinese cultural celebrations as the Chinese people often think of themselves as descendants of the mythical creature. On the fifth day of the New Year when many people have to start going back to work, they will also have the Dancing Dragons perform in the front of the office building. On the 15th day of the New Year (Yuan Xiao Jie), they will also have a lot of dancing dragon performances. The dragon represents prosperity, good luck and good fortune.

Fernández Blanco Museum – Hispanic & Southamerican Arts

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Isaac Fernández Blanco – Hispanic & Southamerican Arts

If you are in Buenos Aires this summer, read and go !

I have got two different favorite Musems in Buenos Aires, one ist Spanish Art Museum Enrique Larreta in Belgrano Neighbourhood and the other is this one, The “Fernandez Blanco”.
I have started my cultural activities there and it is always for me a fabolous new experience.

Next I will give you some details about the Museum. It has an spiritual atmosphere a superlative cultural agenda and very
Beautiful spanish Gardens. Arts, Nature and Peace in one place.

The Isaac Fernández Blanco Museum offers a thorough overview of South American Cultural environments, whose confluence contributed to the formation of the first Argentine identity.
The Museum is named alter Isaac Fernández Blanco, who created and donated the Basic Collection of the Museum Heritage. Since 1947 the Museum has had its SEAT at the Neocolonial Noel Palace , with was built by architect Martin Noel in 1922.

The Isaac Fernández Blanco Spanish- American Art Museum displays excellent exhibitions ot the arts developed in the Colonial times. Its collections of viceregal silverware outnumbers any other public Collection in the South Cone. It has 17 th to 19 th Century Works created at the most well-know South American silver Workshops. It also exhibit an exclusive Collection of European Pieces, which entered out territory during the Colonial Period.

The Museum’s Painting Heritage is the most complete in the City of Buenos Aires. Outstanding samples of Cuzco, the Potosi, the Mexican, the Titicaca Lake Schools as well as paintings created in the Argentine territory are part of the Collection.
Besides, there are more than 250 samples of Colonial religious images made in wood, alabaster and ivory. It is worth highlighting other artistic expressions as the Baroque pieces of the forniture, as well as the extensive Collection of religious ornaments, pottery, numismatics, engravings, jewelry and books.

From Tuesdays to Sundays , 2 pm / 7 pm
Saturdays and Sundays , 11 am / 7 pm.
Ticket $ 10.-