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Creative handmade works at a charity Bazaar

The annual Charity bazaar, held by the “New Generation for Culture and Arts”association in Damascus with the participation of women from five civil society associations that are interested in handicrafts, showcased  a variety of handicrafts, clothes, candles, soap, cosmetics, food, sweets, Christmas decorations  and other hand-made products.

The "voice of the Heart" Initiative for Blind students

The Blind Association in Lattakia, in cooperation with a group of volunteers, provides a curriculum for the blind students in Syria as part of the "Voice of the Heart" initiative, which aims to provide the curriculum textbook for the  basic and secondary education stages as an audio book through which the blind student can do  his homework and obtain education and knowledge at any time without any help from the others.

To find out more about this initiative, the Syria Times e-newspaper met Mr. Nizar Farhat, vice president of the association  and the creator of this initiative, who said: "In light of the current crisis in the country and the unjust economic siege imposed on us in addition to the high prices of papers used for writing in Braille, we found that there was an urgent need for blind students to keep up with students in the other schools and to be at the same educational level".

Day for Tolerance and Reconciliation in Syria

Dr. Siham Youssef is a writer, researcher and novelist, she told Syria Times newspaper about the religious tolerance in Syria, which the dirty war will not be able to undermine.

In the context of the escalating political pressures on Syria in particular, and on the countries of the Middle East in general, believed to be one aspect of the clash of civilizations, Islamic and Christian feelings of the Syrian people merged in one mold to realize one aim and target. Thoughts united to protect the country from the repercussions of these pressures, sanctions and siege. In order to maintain this unity of destiny we, in Syria, are capable of religiously coexisting in harmony, unity and peace, of living together and sacrificing the most valuable things we have. This is not a privilege of the present, rather, our history is full of glorious examples that confirm this fact Dr. Siham Youssef said

* Did not the Syriac Jerusalemites call the Moslem leader Omar Ibn al Khattab, al Farouk, “the just saviorò because he saved them from the Byzantines?

Diplomatic Club of Syria holds international charity bazaar to help orphans and children with disabilities

DAMASCUS, (ST)-The International Charity Bazaar, held by the Diplomatic Club of Syria at the Sheraton hotel in Damascus, showcased handicrafts, food products, cosmetics and paintings and different art works depicting the heritage of the 12 participating countries.  The proceeds of the event will go to civil society associations that care for orphans and children with disabilities in Syria.

The event marks the resumption of the Club's activities after a seven- year stop because of the crisis in the country. The Club used to hold an annual multicultural gathering and international charity bazaar by women diplomats from foreign countries in Syria.

Obituary ... Syrian playwright and filmmaker Dr. Mohammad Qaresly passes away

Syrian playwright and filmmaker Dr. Mohammad Qaresly passed away last Tuesday leaving behind a rich legacy of cinematic and theatrical works in Syria and abroad. Born in Damascus in 1950, he showed an early tendency towards art as he was brought up in an artistic atmosphere. His mother, Iqbal Qaresly, one of the pioneer artists in Syria influenced him and encouraged him to choose the field of art and culture. He travelled to Moscow where he obtained a Ph.D. in cinematic direction.

In 1990, he started an eventful career and his first theatrical performance won four awards. His success in Syria pushed him to travel to several Arab countries including Lebanon, Egypt and Morocco where he was highly acclaimed as an important theatre and cinema director who employed various theatrical and cinematic techniques successfully. In Libya, Dr. Qaresly founded a directing department in the visual arts faculty from which scores of actors and directors graduated. Throughout his long career, Dr. Qaresly directed 96 short and feature films and twelve theatrical performances. His nine minute film "Tomorrow" won the prize of the best film in Asia. 

Talented children overcome creatively the plight of orphans at the Damascus Opera House

 

Damascus, (ST) – a collection of poetry, music and singing presented by talented children in the concert hosted by the Damascus Opera House.

The ceremony held by Dar Al-Rahma for the care of orphans on the occasion of Prophet Mohammed's  Birthday showed the children's creativity which proves that they had surpassed their loss and their difficult circumstances. Some of them performed religious dances and others expressed distinctive talents in poetry with poems praising the Prophet Muhammad and his qualities and merits presented by children in a sound language and beautiful style.

Mawlid celebrations, special flavor and unique style

Syrian people nation-wide celebrate today the birthday of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) as is the case with the majority of the Arab and Islamic countries. However, celebrations in Syrian cities have a special flavor and unique style that gains the admiration of people all over the world.

Mawlid al-Nabi al-Sharif "Birth of the Prophet" is celebrated in the form of a carnival. Celebrations in Syrian cities  are held at homes and mosques which are usually well decorated on this occasion. Food, especially sweets, is distributed widely. Stories about the life of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) are narrated and religious poetry is recited. One of the most popular poems recited during Mawlid is Qasida al-Burda Sharif, a poem composed in the 13th century in praise of the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him).