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Baha'is celebrate Naw Ruz
Baha'is all over the world
will celebrate their New Year
on March 20.
This is the time of the vernal equi-
nox. It is called by the Persian word,
Naw-Ruz (pronounced nor-rooz),
which means New Day. Baha'is in
T&T will celebrate in their commu-
nities with joyous gatherings.
The Baha'i Writings say, "...
If we are not happy and joyous at
this season, for what other season
do we wait?"
Naw-Ruz comes after 19 days of
fasting from sunrise to sunset, for
all Baha'is aged 15 to 70, with a few
exceptions. During the Fast, Baha'is
try to devote themselves to saying
prayers and reading from their Holy
Writings so that they may reded-
icate themselves and grow closer
to God. The Fast is a time when
the physical body and the spirit is
cleansed and refreshed in readiness
for a new beginning of change and
hope at Naw- Ruz.
In temperate countries in the
Northern hemisphere, Naw-Ruz
is the first day of spring. It is the
Spring Equinox, the day on which
the sun crosses the Equator and day
and night are the same length. In
nature it is a time for new flowers
and crops to sprout and baby ani-
mals are born after the winter's cold.
It is also a time for spiritual renewal.
The Baha'i Writings say, "The New
Year hath appeared and the spiritual
springtime is at hand."
springtime in world history. Baha'is
believe that by sending His latest
Messenger or Manifestation, Ba-
ha'u'llah, God is also renewing and
reviving His Spiritual Guidance in
the world. Just as with the advent of
previous religions, the Founder has
again reiterated the eternal spiritual
teachings of God. All the Founders of
the Great Religions are inspired by
the same Source, which is the same
Holy Spirit of the One, Omnipotent,
Supreme, Creator God. They have
appeared at different times in his-
tory to renew God's One Religion,
which has been progressively re-
vealed throughout history. They
have revealed a little more each time,
because mankind has evolved and
can understand more.
The material progress made by
mankind throughout the centuries
also made it necessary for the Mes-
sengers of God to change the social
laws, making them relevant for the
time in which they lived. The Baha'i
Writings state that in this present
age,"...for the first time in history it
is possible for everyone to view the
whole planet, with all its myriad di-
versified peoples in one perspective.
World peace is not only possible it
is inevitable. It is the next stage in
the evolution of the planet." Thus,
the Baha'i Writings tell us that this
is the time for World Peace and har-
mony to be established among all
mankind. We did not have the means
of communication and transport etc
for this to be achieved in the past.
The message of Baha'u'llah pro-
vides guidance as to how the unity
of mankind will be achieved, with
laws and teachings relevant to this
new age in which we live.
The Baha'is of T&T would like
to wish everyone a very joyous
Naw-Ruz and a happy and suc-
cessful New Year.
Connexions in Art and Culture
Figurative expressionist Karl
Doyle is no stranger to creative
endeavour, as is evidenced during
his time at Queen's Royal College
(where he studied art and first ex-
hibited in 2001) and at the Univer-
sity of the West Indies (where he
obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree
in Visual Arts in 2006).
Long before exhibiting his art and
winning accolades for his work, he
has been participating in art shows and
staging events under his company Blue
Culture Arts Organization Co Ltd from
2008, including Jazz Quarters in 2012,
a live music series which featured local
jazz artistes and gave newcomers op-
portunities to network and learn from
In a similar vein, Doyle has gathered
a diverse collective of artists for a spe-
cial group exhibit called Connexions:
this also falls under Blue Culture and
will run from Wednesday 22nd March
to Saturday 1st April at the Art Socie-
ty of Trinidad and Tobago's gallery in
It's an eclectic grouping featuring the
talents of Antonio Figuero, R Gerard
Fulchan, Damian Moore, Enaldo By-
noe, Ihsan Atiba, Halcian Pierre, Va-
nessa Nesbitt, Ysharda Clement and
Gail Pantin, showcasing new works
for the viewing public.
The reasoning for this exhibit and its
title are multi-fold; as Doyle explained,
he chose the theme and artists care-
fully and deliberately, hoping to send
a message of community.
"This grouping isn't about making
up numbers; it's to foster and build
relationships," said Doyle.
"Each of us knows each other within
our many art circles and we fall with-
in various age groups of 20s, 30s and
40 and over, forming our own unique
connection between established and
emerging art practitioners, as it were.
Connexions is all about community.
What we're seeking to do with this ex-
hibit is show how we affect each other
physically, emotionally, spiritually, fi-
nancially... etc. It's a genuine question
we are trying to answer through our var-
ious art genres and interpretations. It's
not about competition or 'crying down'
each other. This space is for us to share
ourselves with the public and to engage
society with our concerns, observations
Approximately 50-plus pieces from
this grouping of fine artists, realists,
neo pop artists, figurative and abstract
expressionists will have their place and
space. To highlight the theme, Doyle
asked each to do a signature piece in-
corporating Connexions within the title
and subject matter, further demon-
strating some form of connectivity.
Though it's not the first art show of
its kind, it is, however, a much-needed
venture to help encourage newcomers
and incite rapport instead of creating
in isolation. Indeed, if we were to take
the grouping at face value, their art is as
much an observation as it is a deeper re-
flection of life and guests will definitely
embark on a journey as they experience
"This is not about dwelling in the past
or getting paranoid over what-ifs as
much as it deals with connecting with
each other beyond the superficial, and
jumping into the multi-layered dimen-
sions of our respective relationships and
thoughts," Doyle added. "We need to
pause and consider the many ways we
affect one another. What is my connec-
tion to you, him or her, and how do we
show that through our art? If we don't
know where we come from, we can't
know where we are going. This is our
answer. This is who we are. These are
Connexions opens on Wednesday
22nd March from 7pm to 9pm at the
Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago,
corner of Jamaica Boulevard and St
Vincent Avenue, Federation Park,
and will run until April 1st, 2017.
Gallery hours are Mondays to Sat-
urdays from 10am to 5pm.
The Gallery is closed on Sundays.
Artist Karl Doyle, making Connexions
happen PHOTOS: KARL DOYLE
CONNEXIONS by Karl Doyle---The Golden Rule
Blue Culture began as a Caribbean-Jazz band led by Karl
Doyle, formed in December 2002; this transitioned into an on-
line group for young Trinbagonian creatives in 2004.
From 2008 it developed into Blue Culture Arts Organization
Co. Ltd, an Arts & Entertainment company, established with
the main aim of showcasing Trinbagonian talent and the pro-
motion of indigenous art forms and expressions within Trini-
dad and Tobago.
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