Help with celebration ideas?
- Greetings folks,
I've been thinking about Byzantium Novum promoting public "celebrations" and "commemorations" of various important Byzantine historical anniversaries and major holidays. Not only would this provide interesting things for the Citizens to participate in, it would also make "news" that could be put out as press releases! :)
We're rapidly coming up to two significant historical dates:
1. The founding of Constantinople on May 11, 330 AD
2. The siege and fall of Constantinople on 6 April 1453 until Tuesday, 29 May 1453.
The idea would be to suggest as many things as possible for people to learn about and celebrate dates like this. For instance:
1. The announcement of the date being a public celebration or commemoration - with a synopsis of the event, and why it is important to Byzantium Novum.
2. Recommended books (maybe with links to the BN bookstore)
3. Suggested Orthodox Prayer/service/fasting for the home, along with a public prayer on the Orthodox list. (posted with maybe a paragraph on why the date is important to the Orthodox tradition)
4 Suggested Classical prayer or rite - with a prayer posted to the Classical Religion list (along with a paragraph of how the event ties in with classical tradition)
5. Suggested food/special meal to make at home
6. Suggested decorations, maybe even clothing?
7. Suggested art: (maybe put up a photo of some piece of art for printout or to be a computer desktop?)
8. Suggested Internet links (Wikipedia articles, etc)
9. Announcement of public discussion for a certain time, or maybe another attempt at "live chat".
10. A request for people to "make the date public" by talking about it to the "outside world", posting on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Anything else that might be included? Any ideas for any of these points for the upcoming events?
If we can really figure out a way to tie in all the cultural ways to celebrate we can hopefully get people's interest. ;)
-Marcus Cassius Julianus
- I was interested, and, frankly, a little surprised, to find that there
will be an event at an English Heritage property based on the visit of
Manuel II Palaiologos to England in 1400.
English Heritage is not admitting to that in their own publicity. I
imagine because they think it might well put visitors off. (This *is*
meant to be a serious comment. The utter parochialism of many of the
English is astonishing.)
But at least once they are there a few might have their horizons
widened a little.
Many thanks for posting this! I agree that it seems an unusual thing for English Heritage but it's good to see some widening of content. :)
Now if only I could make it to the UK for the event, lol!
-Marcus Cassius Julianus
--- In ByzantiumNovumCulture@yahoogroups.com, Timothy Dawson <timothy@...> wrote:
> I was interested, and, frankly, a little surprised, to find that there
> will be an event at an English Heritage property based on the visit of
> Manuel II Palaiologos to England in 1400.
> English Heritage is not admitting to that in their own publicity. I
> imagine because they think it might well put visitors off. (This *is*
> meant to be a serious comment. The utter parochialism of many of the
> English is astonishing.)
> But at least once they are there a few might have their horizons
> widened a little.