Art is a beautiful way to practice mindfulness and expression. It is also tied closely to culture and tradition. See below for some creative things you can do to support the call for peace.
THREADS OF DIASPORA
The Threads of Palestinian Diaspora Project is a community initiative to work together on a one-of-a-kind Tatreez project. The goal is to create a 3 meter Tatreez quilt made from 441 individual pieces. Each piece is crafted and stitched individually using the colors of the Palestinian flag and the design of each participants choice. This Edmonton-based community Tatreez project has received attention from Palestinians across Canada and the world. What began as a local, Edmonton Each participant is provided with a kit that includes the supplies needed to stitch their square and given time to return the finished piece. Every piece is documented and the process is monitored. Participants are supervised, supported, educated, guided and helped in every way as needed.
Visit https://cpcayeg.ca/diaspora/ or
www.instagram.com/threadsofdiaspora/ to participate ... and let us know too!
Kites have been used in many cultures as a symbol of liberation. In 2011 the Palestinian professor and poet Refaat Alareer wrote the poem, "If I Must Die." He was murdered by Israeli bombs in Gaza in December 2023.
We invite you to make a white kite of your own and fly it in a conspicuous place to represent a call for peace in Palestine and Israel, and as a sign of rememberence for all those who have died in the past four months, and the last 85 years, due to racism and hatred.
Click below for one set of instructions.
The paper crane became a symbol of hope and peace through the story of Sadako Sasaki who developed leukemia due to radiation exposure from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. Read more about the story here (incidentally, this website was started by Nelson Mandela with the vision of peace, justice, human rights and a sustainable planet - check it out).
A monument inspired by Sadako's story was installed in the Hiroshima Peace Park. It is common in Japan to make 1000 paper cranes as a symbol of hope. Children from all over the world still send folded paper cranes to be placed beneath Sadako’s statue. In so doing, they fulfill the wish engraved on the base of the statue:
This is our cry, This is our prayer, Peace in the world.