TORONTO, October 15, 2018 — The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is pleased to announce the ROM-original exhibition 'Gods in my Home: Chinese New Year' with Ancestor Portraits and Deity Prints.
Gods in my Home: Chinese New Year. Image credit: rom.on.ca
Drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition features a selection of ancestral portrait paintings and popular prints that traditionally were part of lunar New Year observances and celebrations in Chinese households. Opening on January 26, 2019 to coincide with the widely-celebrated holiday, Gods in My Home explores the connections between the domestic, material and spiritual life of Chinese society.
“Many of the unique pieces in this exhibition came to the Museum early in the 20th century and have never been on public display until now,” says Josh Basseches, ROM Director & CEO. “Gods in My Home invites visitors to experience the customs and spiritual beliefs of traditional Chinese culture through the compelling visual power of this extraordinary collection of art.”
Gods in My Home is comprised of over 100 objects spanning the late Imperial period to the early 20th century Republic era. With a focus on ancestral paintings and popular prints of deities, the exhibition explores the connection between these two seemingly separate genres. The Chinese believed that the presence of these images both blessed and protected the family lines.
In traditional Chinese culture, celebrating the New Year was not only a time to worship gods and divinities, it was also a time to commemorate family lineage. The exhibition includes nine large-size ancestor portraits, commissioned by prosperous families, as well as printed ancestral scrolls that were more affordable. The popular print pieces, created on ordinary paper and pasted on walls and doors, served as religious talisman to ward off evil spirits and bless the family home. Many of these prints were considered common objects when first collected by the ROM in the early 1900s, and are now considered important cultural objects that illuminate the domestic beliefs and family values inherent in Chinese life.
“Worshipping ancestors and gods at home is not unique to Chinese culture. Even today, people maintain certain visual forms for commemorating their ancestors and communicating with spiritual beings in private spaces,” says Dr. Wen-chien Cheng, ROM co-curator of the exhibit. “In addition to appreciating and understanding the cultural specifics and artistic qualities of these images, we hope that ROM visitors can relate to the ideas behind them in their own lives.”
The exhibition is accompanied by a full-colour illustrated catalogue published by the ROM. The publication is generously supported by the Louise Hawley Stone Trust.
Gods in my Home is on display on Level 4, Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costumes, and included with Museum admission. ROM Members can enjoy an exclusive exhibition preview, taking place on Friday, January 25, 2019. For more information on ROM Memberships visit www.rom.on.ca/members or call 416.586.5700.
#InternationalDayOfTheGirl, #JustinTrudeau, #CanadaPM; #Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; #UnitedNations
Ottawa, Oct 11 (Canadian-Media): A letter written by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations (UN) Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, to girls on International Day of the Girl Child said that it was a critical time for the girls of our world, media reports said.
The letter said that it was a time for the protection and assertion of rights of the girls and women to to pay close attention to their concerns.
The girls have to act together with men and boys to determine a lived equality for all and the ending of violence against women and girls so that they raise to defend their rights.
The letter said, "We are working to shift the burden of shame to those who commit the abuse...urge all institutions, public and private, to do the same...to call on them to put survivors at the centre, upholding the highest standards of respect, with zero impunity"
National and international movements like ‘#MeToo,’ ‘#TimesUp,’ ‘#BalanceTonPorc,’ ‘#NiUnaMenos and UN Women’s #HearMeToo, read the letter, have brought momentum and we must continue to end the impunity not only of individuals but also of institutions.
The letter concluded, "Ending violence against women and girls is at the heart of our work and a central part of fighting for gender equality. On this Day, we stand with girls everywhere as they inspire, innovate and take charge of their own future. We celebrate the strength and the potential of the 1.1 billion girls in today’s world who are challenging the status quo, raising their voices against violence, innovating technology to solve global challenges, standing up for the environment, and preparing to lead."
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued today the following statement where he said: "In Canada and around the globe, girls are changing their communities and shaping their societies for the better. They show us that when girls have the support and opportunities to achieve their highest potential, they transform our world."
Today Trudeau shared an image of her daughter Ella-Grace Margaret on social media on the occasion of the international day of the girl where Ella is seen sitting on a chair, probably which belongs to her father, while Trudeau is standing at a corner.
Trudeau tweeted as follows:
"Yet even in 2018, girls across the board face higher rates of violence, poverty, discrimination, and other systemic barriers that hold them back. It’s long past time for that to change. The activists on the frontlines of that fight are girls – demanding their rights be respected and that their voices be heard."
Trudeau also emphasised how "women in the workforce have been one of the most powerful sources of growth in recent decades".
His statement reads, "In Canada, women in the workforce have been one of the most powerful sources of growth in recent decades – but we need to do more to increase girls’ access to career guidance, mentorship, and networks they need to transition from school to work.
"The Government of Canada is expanding training and education programs for women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, and helping girls enter careers in skilled trades through the new Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women. These measures will help reduce gender gaps and build a more prosperous future for all Canadians."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Ottawa, Oct 4 (Canadian-Media): World Animal Day (WAD), observed annually on October 4, is an international day of action for animal rights and welfare, media reports said.
World Animal Day. Image credit: Twitter handle
An atmosphere of new culture of respect and sensitivity towards animals, should be created through increased awareness and education, to make this world a fairer place for all animals.
World Animal Day idea was originated by Heinrich Zimmermann, the German writer and publisher of the magazine Mensch und Hund/Man and Dog.
He organized the first World Animal Day on 24 March 1925 in Berlin and moved it to 4 October for the first time in 1929.
Initially WAD was followed only in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Czechoslovakia.
After tirelessly advocating the promotion of WAD, finally in May 1931 at a congress of the world’s animal protection organizations in Florence Italy, Zimmermann's proposal to make 4 October World Animal Day universal, was unanimously accepted.
As publisher of the magazine Mensch und Hund/Man and Dog with new issues every two weeks and used the magazine to promote the welfare of animals under the general public and established a World Animal Day Committee.
WAD was chosen to be on 4 October as it is the day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology, including animals and the founder of the Catholic Franciscan order.
According to legendary belief, Saint Francis was able to talk to animals. He died on the eve of 4 October, which became his patron saints day.
Observance of WAD, unites the animal welfare movement and mobilising it into a global force to embraces all animals in every country which feeds into legal reform and social progress in creating a world where animals are recognised as sentient beings and their welfare are fully cared for.
WAD has already brought about a significant and lasting contribution towards advancing animal welfare standards, and its influence will only continue to grow.
Heart-warming messages regularly from people keen to tell us about how they were able to motivate general public regarding awareness of animal welfare throughout the world.
There are other important days linked to animals such as: World Day for Laboratory Animals on 24 April and World Wildlife Day on 3 March.
However, World Animal Day is the one day of the year that embraces all animals and the unique concerns of each, in every country.
In 2003, recorded 44 events being held in 13 countries and this has now grown to an estimated 1000 events in around 100 countries.
On this day we can learn about animals through open days at sanctuaries.
This day is also an opportunity to remember that many animal species are in danger due to the cruelty of human beings.
Pandas, brown bears, elephants, rhinoceroses, dolphins, orang-utans, tigers and may more are having a very hard time right now and it is our duty to protect these endangered animals on every day of the week, and not just WAD.
Helping to enhance the visibility of WAD is the need of the hour.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)