November 17 marks this year’s World Peace Day.Started as a grass roots movement to encourage individuals to create and display origami paper cranes as an awareness campaign for peace – World Peace Dayhas evolved into a political action campaign to help promote peace through policy. Cranes represent the Japanese symbol for good luck, and have been adopted as a metaphor for world peace.The organizations website Peaceday.org has detailed descriptions for how to fold the animal and... continue reading
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Islamic artists and designers have used geometric motifs to decorate almost every surface, from walls, ceilings to floors, pots, textiles and book covers.As Islam spread from nation to nation, Islamic artists combined geometry with existing traditions, creating a new and distinctive Islamic art. This art expressed the logic and order inherent in the Islamic vision of the universe.The development of this new distinctive art, in part may have been due to the discouragement of images in Islam... continue reading
Photo buyers, Chinese culture lovers and people with a general interest in China - good news, the Chinese Symbols's collection has been updated with some new images.China, as Napolean put it, is older than history itself and this collection contains many images that people associate with China and the Chinese speaking world.I hope you enjoy!Xin Nian Kuai Le (happy new year!) continue reading
Christmas might just be around for the corner for you guys in the west and I know that my nieces and nephews are getting very excited about it.Happy Christmas!But in East Asia, Chinese New Years is much more important.The next Chinese New Years starts on 14th February 2010 and it will be the Year of the Tiger.So it's time to get your images for this event.I've just updated the 'Chinese Cultural Symbols' collection to include images for the Year of the TigerThese are mostly papercuts,... continue reading
It is approaching the Chinese New Year soon, an occasion celebrated around the world wherever there are Chinese people.And the orange or tangerine is a symbol associated with the event.It is a visual pun for the word gold in the Chinese language, even in its various dialects, and thus meaning wealth or prosperity.And here it is pictured on a red background, instead of white, as red is the colour for auspiciousness or good luck.(White on the other hand is a color of mourning and death.... continue reading
Erin Go Bragh translates to "Ireland Forever" and in the US where everyone claims to be Irish on St. Patrick's Day, it is often heard.
In parts of the world, March 17th is all about beer. Specifically, green beer. Very green beer tends to look like dish soap even under the best conditions. Better to concentrate on other Irish symbols that are more easily photographed or on only slightly tinted ale.... continue reading
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