Does this photo of kids at play in Kolkata, India, prompt memories of fun times you had as a child, when the world didn’t extend much further than you and your friends? If so, you’re in the right frame of mind to celebrate International Day of Friendship, or just Friendship Day. The idea began in a bid of crass commercialism: The holiday was invented and marketed by the founder of Hallmark Cards. But the public saw through that and it didn’t take. Decades later, a peace-promoting group called the World Friendship Crusade relaunched Friendship Day in Paraguay as a way to foster peace. It’s been gaining traction ever since.
Tonight, a total lunar eclipse will be visible around many parts of the globe, but not in North America. (We’re disappointed too, but we can get through this together.) For an eclipse to qualify as ‘total’ the moon must pass through the middle of the Earth’s shadow, casting a reddish pall over the entire visible surface of the moon. Since nightfall will happen too late in the US to see tonight’s eclipse, we’re sharing this composite photo that shows the total lunar eclipse that occurred on Jan 31, 2018.
I hope that you all have a wonderful new year and a chance to make 2018 a happy, healthy and prosperous year for yourselves and others. I hope that any bad experience from this year does not follow you and that you can let go of any harm that held you back and start fresh with a new outlook and hope for the better.