Saturday, March 8, 2008
Sorry for the delay, it's the Baha'i month of fasting now so my brain activity is a bit slower than usual... I love fasting. As a Baha'i, for 19 days in March I don't eat while the sun is up, but before sunrise and after sunset I can eat as much as I want! I think my favorite part of fasting is being more conscientious about praying and meditating every day, and seeing the sunrise. It's just a very spiritual time, although it can be tiring. I think that the difficulties of fasting are also a reminder of our spiritual nature, so in a way, having it be a bit difficult is good :)
Last Friday we had an Ayyam-i-Ha party with the children's classes. We had a treasure hunt, a piñata, a water balloon fight and some arts+crafts! The kids had so much fun. I had so much fun watching the little kids take a swing at the piñata and miss. Every time. It was so cute.
This week passed quite uneventfully. I've discovered napping though - usually napping makes me grumpy, but I'm starting to really enjoy it!
Taher Taherzadeh, a Baha'i who recently moved to Lusaka and who's father is a well-known Baha'i scholar, has come two weeks in a row to Banani to host youth deepenings (studies). They've been really great. Yesterday we were asked to give 5-10min introductions to the Baha'i Faith just to practice speaking, and it was really interesting to see other people's styles of speaking. For the next few weeks we'll be studying about the Covenant, which I will tell you a bit more about when I understand it better!
Yesterday, Shiva arrived from South Africa. She's a new volunteer and she'll be living and working in my dorm with me. She's from Australia, Zimbabwe and Botswana and she's really nice. It'll be great to have another dorm mother with me!
The photos are of the Ayyam-i-Ha party, a dance party the volunteer's had in Rae's room during a power failure and Traditional Dress Day at the school.