Whoever was responsible for colliding Good Friday with Earth Day must be commended in an odd symbolic sort of manner? Instead of TGIF it should hold the moniker of TGIGF & ED. What?
This Friday April 22nd marks both actually the most important Christian holiday and also the most important recognition to our existence in well, life and sustainability and our future for generations to come.
Good Friday also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, is a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The holiday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday proceeding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover. ..
And Earth Day is a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment. Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. While this first Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations.Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 International Mother Earth Day. …
And the Catholic Church treats Good Friday as a fast day, which in the Latin Rite of the Church is understood as having only one full meal (but smaller than a regular meal) and two collations (a smaller repast, two of which together do not equal one full meal and on which the faithful abstain from eating meat.– Thanks Wikipedia!
Now the question begs that is a whole lot of ‘attitude and resolution’ packed into one day so this Examiner decided to plan it for you.
Start by taking the day off, pack up the family and dogs and head for a joyous long walk through the Arboretum that is a hidden gem on the shores of Lake Washington. Its 230 acres holds a dynamic assortment of plants found nowhere else. depts.washington.edu/uwbg/
Then walk across Madison Street and Lake Washington Boulevard and have a wonderful vegetarian culinary experience at Café Flora not worrying about any meat. Since opening its doors, Cafe Flora has been at the forefront of utilizing local, organic and sustainable produce and herbs and building strong and direct relationships with Washington farms. Its culinary team draws inspiration from international traditions along with the availability of an abundance of locally grown produce to create imaginative and dynamic vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free cuisine.
Cafe Flora has also carried its eco-conscious philosophy into their atrium, a charming garden retreat just off the main dining room. Once an outside patio, the garden atrium was enclosed to bring al-fresco dining to guests year round. Bathed in natural light, the space boasts exotic greenery, a bubbling central fountain and natural stone accents. The collective effect creates a warm, appealing and calming environment for guests. www.cafeflora.com
And what a day to celebrate what our earth has to offer in many ways. TGIGF& ED to all and here’s a little side note…you can leave that on your “Out of Office” reply for Friday April 22nd.