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December 13, 2018: How the Rule of Three Makes Your Holiday Season More Meaningful

How the Rule of Three Makes Your Holiday Season More Meaningful

One is brilliant, two is awesome, but three is magical, so share the magical moments this holiday season

Vancouver, BC (December 13, 2018) – All good things come in threes.  From the love, hope and joy of the season to the Christmas story of the three Wise Men who supposedly travelled the ancient Silk Road before it became a global super highway.

To make this holiday season more meaningful, give yourself and others grace, reach out to newcomers and support charity.

Spread Grace All Around

In the busyness of the holiday season, you hurry to finish your last minute shopping and prepare dinner parties, neglecting to care for yourself.  Give yourself some grace, relax and enjoy the magic of the season without fretting over the perfect gift or dinner.  Drink responsibly and safely.

We often rush through our days with our eyes and ears plugged to devices, ignoring who are around us.  For some in our community, the holiday season can be a difficult time, being alone with no family or friends.

A new study released earlier this fall said Vancouver and Toronto are the unhappiest cities in Canada. Isolation and lack of ‘physical’ social interaction often leads to societal problems especially in our techno-centric world.  Loneliness is not only felt among seniors and youths, but also new immigrants and refugees.  Extend grace to others.

Reach Out to Newcomers

Invite a newcomer for a meal.  Break down barriers and enhance newcomers’ sense of belonging in the community so they can participate more fully in community life.

This brings to mind Yale professor Valerie Hansen’s quote about the contribution of immigrants to their new country in her book, The Silk Road: A New History.

“The most influential people moving along the Silk Road were refugees. Waves of immigrants brought technologies from their respective homelands, practicing those skills or introducing motifs in their new homes.”

The inaugural Silk Road Festival will be held at the Vancouver Art Gallery, North Plaza on July 6 and 7, 2019.  The Silk Road, a contribution of many cultures, the world’s most iconic network of ancient trade routes that connected Asia, Europe and Africa.

The magnificent legacy of exchanges between East and West can be seen at the exquisite fashion exhibit, Guo Pei: Couture Beyond, which is currently on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery until January 20, 2019.

Support Charity

The Silk Road Festival is a social enterprise project developed in support of MOSAIC, an established B.C. based non-profit agency that delivers services and engages in community building and advocacy to facilitate meaningful participation of immigrants and refugees in Canadian society.

Support charity by volunteering your time to help those in need.  MOSAIC offers plenty of volunteer opportunities in over 20 languages.

Serve at a food bank, a soup kitchen or a shelter for abused kids and women. Visit hospitalized patients and offer them hope, love and strength.  Or simply help a senior rake their lawn or clear their snowy walkways.

If you decide to donate monetarily to a good cause or charity, Do Your Research First. Read the Little Black Book of Scams.   Check the Canada Revenue Agency website to see if the charity is registered.

Shop from charitable organizations such as the Ten Thousand Villages store and the Salvation Army thrift store where you can get some great finds.

Everything that comes in threes is perfect, or, every set of three is complete as encapsulated in the Latin phrase, omne trium perfectum.

In Chinese tradition, three is a lucky number as it sounds like the character that means life. The rule of three not only enriches your life but also those of others.

About Silk Road Festival

The Silk Road Festival (silkroadfestival.org) is about Bridging Cultures, Engaging Communities and Inspiring Discoveries.  The festival aims to enhance intercultural appreciation and community interaction, inspire travel and technological discoveries with ancient Silk Road aspirations.  The two-day outdoor multicultural festival features cultures and exchanges between East and West on the world’s famed historic trade routes through arts, food, travel and technology.

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Theme:  Bridging Cultures, Engaging Communities, Inspiring Discoveries.
Date:  July 6 & 7, 2019
Venue:  Vancouver Art Gallery, North Plaza

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