Happy Valentine’s LIFE!


It is said that February 14th originally became a lover’s holiday when the ancient Romans celebrated Lupercalia, an annual fertility festival. Circa 496 AD, the then Pope, Gelasius, declared February 14th to be St. Valentine’s Day, a Christian feast day. On St. Valentine’s Day in AD 1400, a court is opened in Paris. It’s a High Court of Love, dealing with affairs […]

Celebrate the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh {Holy Day Kids Craft}

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Celebrate the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh {Holy Day Kids Craft} This story first appeared on All Done Monkey. Scroll to the end for a video of my father singing a special holiday song! Do you know what we remember, on the twelfth day of November? If you were a Baha’i child growing up in the US in the […]

Ask a Muslim: New Web Series Promotes Understanding of a Misunderstood Religion

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Ask a Muslim: New Web Series Promotes Understanding of a Misunderstood Religion It starts with interfaith dialogue—the real, unstaged, not-necessisarily-PC kind. That’s what it takes to change public sentiment about Muslims. As it is, all the dialogue in intrafaith, non-Muslims talking to other non-Muslims about Muslims and Muslims talking to other Muslims about Muslims. The […]

How to Celebrate Kwanzaa

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This article is part of our Multicultural Holidays series.  You can submit your own story for publishing on Multicultural Familia via our submissions page here. How to Celebrate Kwanzaa – December 26 – January 1 Today begins the week-long celebration of Kwanzaa!  The cultural holiday, created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, was established as the first African American […]

The American Muslim Project: Real Muslims Show Their Real Selves

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The Foundation of The American Muslim Project The American Muslim Project (AMP) is a website full of short videos, but they aren’t just any videos. They’re videos of Muslims, talking about, well, whatever they want.  No long dissertations on Muslim-American relations. No sermons. No speeches. Just casual talk about the things that make them tick. […]

Writing Challenge: “Where I’m From”

    A poetic introduction…   I am from distant travels, hometown exploration and backyard adventures. I am from sweet, homemade treats and flowery bouquets, from captured images and constant motion. I am from the mobile suburbs…impoverished, uneducated, but bright with sunny hope and 1st chances. I am from the Lily, the strong, spiritual mother, the flower […]

What is Ramadan?


The Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins on Monday, August 1st, 2011.  This holiday is a month long event commemorating the revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad (phuh – this abbreviation means peace be upon him and will often be found following the name of a Prophet when written in English- you may […]

On Being In Love

What does it mean to “be in love”?  To some it’s a myth, something inexplicable that you can never reach and if you do, it is impossible to embrace.  Love is about passion.  It’s about a spiritual connection, a deep longing for each other and an unbelievable vulnerability that you can’t help but submit to. […]

We Need More Grace

Image Credit: Flickr / Ciro Boro – photo   I’m a Christian, I don’t hesitate to admit it.  I’m a Catholic, take it as you will.  Regardless of those facts, I am not nearly a perfect person, I can’t claim that I haven’t sinned and I regret a lot of things I’ve done out of ignorance […]

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday…for Catholics it marks the first day of Lent and a time for important resolutions.  It’s a time when we recognize the sacrifice that Christ made for us by abstaining for 40 days, until Holy week begins on Palm Sunday leading up to Easter.  On Ash Wednesday, the previous year’s palms ashes […]