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Coronation of King Mindaugas / Statehood (Lithuania) Ethnic Holidays
July 06, 2014, All Day
Commemorates coronation of the first king, Mindaugas
Mindaugas (or Mindowg in other spelling) (ca. 1203 – fall 1263) was the first known Grand Duke of Lithuania and the only King of Lithuania. Little is known of his origins, early life, or rise to power; he is mentioned in a 1219 treaty as an elder duke, and in 1236 as the leader of all the Lithuanians. The contemporary and modern sources discussing his ascent mention strategic marriages along with banishment or murder of his rivals. He extended his domain into regions southeast of Lithuania proper during the 1230s and 1240s. In 1250 or 1251, during the course of internal power struggles, he was baptised as a Roman Catholic; this action enabled him to establish an alliance with the Livonian Order, a long-standing antagonist of the Lithuanians. During the summer of 1253 he was crowned King of Lithuania, ruling between 300,000 and 400,000 subjects.
While his ten-year reign was marked by various state-building accomplishments, Mindaugas's conflicts with relatives and other dukes continued, and Samogitia (western Lithuania) strongly resisted the alliance's rule. His gains in the southeast were challenged by the Tatars. He broke peace with the Livonian Order in 1261, possibly renouncing Christianity, and was assassinated in 1263 by his nephew Treniota and another rival, Duke Daumantas. His three immediate successors were assassinated as well. The disorder was not resolved until Traidenis gained the title of Grand Duke ca. 1270.
Although his reputation was unsettled during the following centuries and his descendants were not notable, he gained standing during the 19th and 20th centuries. Mindaugas was the only King of Lithuania; while most of the Lithuanian Grand Dukes from Jogaila onward also reigned as Kings of Poland, the titles remained separate. Now generally considered the founder of the Lithuanian state, he is also now credited with stopping the advance of the Tatars towards the Baltic Sea, establishing international recognition of Lithuania, and turning it towards Western civilization. In the 1990s the historian Edvardas Gudavičius published research supporting an exact coronation date – 6 July 1253. This day is now an official national holiday,Statehood Day.
28th Annual ARC Summer Intensives: Adoption on the Edge Adoption Related Conferences
July 07, 2014 - July 08, 2014, All Day
Adoption Resource Center (ARC) and
Pre/Post Adoption Consulting and Training (PACT) Present:
28th Annual ARC Summer Intensives: Adoption on the Edge
This conference is a two-day event for professionals, parents (birth, adoptive, foster, etc), adult adopted people, and others to discuss the many emotional and psychological elements that can make adoption a challenge and a joy for all involved. CEUs for LICSW/LCSW, LMHC, and LMFT are available, and there is a *discounted registration fee* for agencies sending two or more staff members.
We hope you will join us at ARC, and we would very much appreciate your help spreading the word to your colleagues and network of families and professionals.
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Visit the ARC Summer Intensives webpage here
Register via brochure or click here for online registration
Adoptive Families Weekend at Soyuzivka Ukrainian Heritage Center Other Related Events
July 18, 2014 - July 20, 2014, All Day
Soyuzivka is a Ukrainian Heritage Center dedicated to keeping and teaching Ukrainian Traditions. Around Soyuzivka you will find statues of important and influential Ukrainians who have shaped Ukrainian history. Many of the buildings have a traditional Ukrainian Woodworkings that are symbolic of Ukraine. http://www.soyuzivka.com/Events.html
On behalf of the Ukrainian Embassy, the Consulate General of Ukraine in New York, the Ukrainian National Association and Soyuzivka we invite you to the ELEVENTH ANNUAL UKRAINIAN HERITAGE ADOPTIVE FAMILY WEEKEND AT SOYUZIVKA. It is located in the Catskill Mountains of New York.
The Adoptive Family Weekend, in its eleventh year, offers families the opportunity to learn about Ukrainian heritage and culture in a resort setting, while interacting with Embassy personnel and other families. This year we begin Friday evening with a meet and greet at 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday and Sunday there will be the opportunity to participate in workshops making your own Ukrainian Easter Egg – Pysanka, Ukrainian Gerdan (beading), an introduction to Ukrainian folk dance and Ukrainian ceramics. There will be plenty of time in the afternoon to enjoy Soyuzivka’s Olympic size swimming pool, 6 tennis courts, and miles of hiking trails. Additional events will be available for participation. This year we would like to add an art exhibit to our events and ask that all children submit something. It can be brought from home or something that was made during the crafting event. This exhibit will be open Sunday morning in the Library for all to view.
For those who wish to attend Mass, Sunday morning there is a Liturgy in Ukrainian at the Catholic Church or Orthodox Chapel.
We hope that you will be able to join us for this event and look forward to meeting your family. Should you have questions please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. To make reservations please contact Soyuzivka directly at Soyuzivka@aol.com or by calling (845) 626-5641 and mentioning Adoptive Families Weekend.
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Please feel free to invite your friends or relatives who adopted Ukrainian child(ren) as well and would like to participate.
To make reservations please contact Soyuzivka directly. We hope you will be able to join us and look forward to meeting your family.
This year we are planning to hold children's drawing exhibition. In order to participate please feel free to bring your child(ren)’s drawings with you to Soyuzivka.
Kaleidoscope Culture Camp (CAFFA) Other Related Events
July 21, 2014 - July 25, 2014, All Day
KALEIDOSCOPE Culture Camp is for children that joined their families through adoption or foster care, their siblings, & their parents. This exciting camp is for children entering Kindergarten through 10th grade. The camp programs offered are: African/African American, Chinese, Eastern European, and Latin American. Campers spend their time learning about the history, customs, cuisine, and language of their birth countries through various activities including, crafts, songs, presentations and games.. Come join in the fun!
Zhailau Kazakh Heritage Camp for Families Other Related Events
July 21, 2014 - July 26, 2014, All Day
The Kazakh Aul of the US is thrilled to announce the tenth annual Zhailau Kazakh Heritage Camp for Families. Zhailau means the summer encampment or home of the Kazakh nomads. We at the Aul are delighted to announce this year's 5-night all-inclusive camp, once again at the Geneva Point Center on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire.
The Kazakh Aul of the US was formed in late 2004 by Susan Saxon, a mother of a Kazakh-American daughter, and Zhanat Baidaralin, a famous Kazakh ballet master and choreographer. Shortly thereafter, a major turning point for the growing organization occurred when Leila Bassenova, a businessperson from Almaty, purchased and sent an authentic Kazakh yurt from Kazakhstan. This yurt has been the cornerstone for all Aul celebrations and events.
Russian/Eastern European/Central Asian Heritage Camp Other Related Events
July 24, 2014 - July 27, 2014, All Day
Russian/Eastern European/Central Asian Heritage Camp (REECA HC) is one of the few camps of its kind in the country specifically designed for families with children adopted from Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. REECA HC is one of 11 camps facilitated by the highly respected Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families (HCAF), a non-profit organization that has conducted heritage camps for adoptive families for over 20 years.
Our acronym is a mouthful – REECA HC, but our campers come from a variety of countries; Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Poland, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Mongolia and more.
REECA HC is a camp for the entire family. Parents, adopted REECAchildren, non-adopted siblings, siblings adopted from other cultures and extended family members are invited to come and learn about their adopted family heritage and culture. We work hard to accomodate children with special needs of any kind, and believ wholeheartedly that every adopted child should have this camp experience with their family.
REECA is a culturally and educationally rich heritage camp for all members of the family to enjoy. Every year participants eat food from the region, learn traditional folk dances, and learn to speak common Russian phrases. Different parts of the vast REECA region are highlighted each year and workshops are offered for each age level, children ( age 3 and up), teens, and parents– based upon each group’s needs and interests.
REECA Heritage Camp Theme 2014: The Olympics
This year REECA will connect our children with their birth countries with our 2014 camp theme “The Olympics,” which of course is apropros with this winter’s game sin Sochi, Russia! Children, teens, and parents will enjoy discovering Olympic sports and athletes from over a dozen REECA countries all in one weekend.
Have you heard the inspirational stories of the Olympic athletes? Do you know what the top Olympic sports are for the REECA countries and what it’s like to actually try them? What do the athletes eat? What music is played when they stand at the top of the Olympic pedestal? Who are some REECA adoptees who went on to become Olympic athletes?
Come to camp and have fun experiencing the Olympics from the REECA perspective!
Eid al-Fitr (Muslim) Ethnic Holidays
July 28, 2014, All Day
Muslims believe that they are commanded by God, as mentioned in the Quran, to continue their fast until the last day of Ramadan and pay the Zakat and fitra before offering the Eid prayers.
Albanian language - Fitër Bajrami, Bajrami i madh ("Greater Feast")
Azerbaijan - Ramazan Bayramı, Orucluq Bayramı
Bosnian - Ramazanski bajram ("Ramadan Feast"), Mali Bajram ("Lesser Feast")
Bulgarian - Рамазан Байрам / Ramazan Bayram
Croatian - Ramazanski bajram ("Ramadan Feast")
Kazakh - Ораза айт / Oraza ait
Kyrgyz - Orozo Mayram
Macedonian - Рамазан Бајрам
Montenegrin - Ramazanski Bajram
Russian - Праздник Разговения
Serbian - Рамазански бајрам
Tatar - Ураза байрам / Uraza bayram
Turkmen - Oraza baýramy
Uzbek - Хайит Муборак / Hayitingiz Muborak (Happy Eid)
Eid al-Fitr ("festival of breaking of the fast"), also called Feast of Breaking the Fast, the Sugar Feast, Bayram (Bajram), the Sweet Festival and the Lesser Eid, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). The religious Eid is a single day and Muslims are not permitted to fast on that day. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. The day of Eid, therefore, falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal. This is a day when Muslims around the world show a common goal of unity. The date for the start of any lunar Hijri month varies based on the observation of new moon by local religious authorities, so the exact day of celebration varies by locality. However, in most countries, it is generally celebrated on the same day as Saudi Arabia.
Eid al-Fitr has a particular Salat (Islamic prayer) consisting of two Rakats(units) and generally offered in an open field or large hall. It may be performed only in congregation (Jama’at) and, has an additional extra six Takbirs (raising of the hands to the ears while saying "Allāhu Akbar", literally "God is greatest"), three of them in the beginning of the first raka'ah and three of them just before Ruku' in the second raka'ah in the Hanafi school of Sunni Islam. Other Sunni schools usually have twelve Takbirs, seven in the first, and five at the beginning of the second raka'ah. This Eid al-Fitr salat is, depending on which juristic opinion is followed, Fard (obligatory), Mustahabb (strongly recommended, just short of obligatory) or mandoob (preferable).
Traditionally, it is the day (beginning at sunset) of the first sighting of the crescent moon shortly after sunset. If the moon is not observed immediately after the 29th day of the previous lunar month (either because clouds block its view or because the western sky is still too bright when the moon sets), then it is the following day.
Before the advent of Islam in Arabia, there is mention of festivals as well as some others among the Arabs. The Israelites had festivals as well, but as is evident from the Old Testament and other scriptures, these festivals related more to commemorating certain days of their history.
Eid al-Fitr was originated by the Islamic prophet Muhammad. It is observed on the first of the month of Shawwal at the end of the month of Ramadan, during which Muslims undergo a period of fasting.
According to certain traditions, these festivals were initiated in Madinah after the migration of Muhammad from Mecca.
For Muslims, both the festivals of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha are occasions for showing gratitude to God and remembering Him, and are an occasion of entertainment. ‘Aishah narrates that when on an Eid day her father Abu Bakr stopped young girls from singing, Muhammad said: Abu Bakr! [Let them sing]; every nation has an ‘id and [this day] is our Eid.
Eid al-Fitr is celebrated for one, two or three days. Common greetings during this holiday are the Arabic greeting ‘Eid Mubārak ("Blessed Eid") or ‘Eid Sa‘īd ("Happy Eid"). In addition, many countries have their own greetings in the local language – in Turkey, for example, a typical saying might be Bayramınız kutlu olsun or "May your Bayram – Eid – be blessed." Muslims are also encouraged on this day to forgive and forget any differences with others or animosities that may have occurred during the year.
Typically, practicing Muslims wake up early in the morning—always before sunrise— offer Salatul Fajr (the pre-sunrise prayer), and in keeping with the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad clean their teeth with a toothbrush, take a shower before prayers, put on new clothes (or the best available), and apply perfume.
It is forbidden to fast on the Day of Eid. It is customary to acknowledge this with a small sweet breakfast, preferably of date (fruit), before attending a special Eid prayer (known as salaat).
The Eid prayer is performed in congregation in open areas like fields, community centers, etc. or at mosques. No call to prayer is given for this Eid prayer, and it consists of only two units of prayer with an additional six incantations. The Eid prayer is followed by the sermon and then a supplication asking for God's forgiveness, mercy, peace and blessings for all living beings across the world. The sermon also instructs Muslims as to the performance of rituals of Eid, such as the zakat. Listening to the sermon at Eid is not required and is optional, a Sunnah i.e. while the sermon is being delivered. After the prayers, Muslims visit their relatives, friends and acquaintances or hold large communal celebrations in homes, community centers or rented halls.
Eid gifts, known as Eidi, are frequently given at eid to children and immediate relatives.
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. This has to do with the communal aspects of the fast, which expresses many of the basic values of the Muslim community; e.g., empathy for the poor, charity, worship, steadfastness, patience etc. Fasting is also believed by some scholars to extol fundamental distinctions, lauding the power of the spiritual realm, while acknowledging the subordination of the physical realm. It also teaches a Muslim to stay away from worldly desires and to focus entirely on the Lord and thank Him for his blessings. It is a rejuvenation of the religion and it creates a stronger bond between the Muslim and his Lord. After the end of Ramadan, is a big celebration of Eid.
FRUA INC Pacific Northwest Family Camp Regional FRUA INC Events
July 31, 2014 - August 03, 2014, All Day
FRUA INC Family Camp 2014
The idea behind this camp is to provide an extended event for families to get-to-know other families with similar origins as their own. Kids and teens get time with each other. Parents get time with other parents, too.
This will be a “BYO” camp. Camping families will bring their own food and bedding. Additionally, while there will some scheduled events, there will not be a jammed packed age-divided class schedule. This is a very different format than the camps that we hosted from 2010 through 2012. In 2013, we changed the format to a do-it-yourself family camp. There will be no camp counselors or other volunteers from the community. There will be plenty of time for beach-combing, kite flying, hiking, games, and kicking back in our camp chairs watching the kids hula hoop and play Frisbee. We will ask for campers to volunteer to organize some events. If you have an idea for an activity that you would like to lead, let us know.
Location: Grayland Beach Park (near Westport, WA)
2 hours & 40 minutes from Seattle and 3 hours & 10 minutes from Portland with no traffic (ADDITIONAL TIME FOR PEAK TRAVEL) Click here for map.
For additional information see Regional Website: http://www.orgsites.com/wa/frua-inc/_pgg2.php3
Intercultural Retreat / K.A.M.P. Other Related Events
July 31, 2014 - August 03, 2014, All Day
We have families with children from Guatemala, Russia, Vietnam, Haiti, China and India. Families that have been blessed with children from other countries and biological siblings are all welcome and encouraged to participate. Our Intercultural Retreat is a family-style camp which is housed on the grounds of a bible camp along the Cedar River. Families can choose from campsites, cabins, or to stay off-site in nearby motels or hotels. Our program is designed with a focus on Korean culture through the first 3 days – and then connect with other cultures on this International Retreat weekend.