CONFERENCE OF THE WORLD ETHNIC CULTURES

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CONFERENCE OF THE WORLD ETHNIC CULTURES"CALENDAR – CULTURAL REFLECTION IN NATION"
RITUAL OF LIGHT OF ETHNIC CULTURES FOR HARMONY AND PEACE IN THE WORLD
LATVIA, TURAIDA 19-21 JUNE, 2015.

"Foundation Māras loks", in cooperation with the Turaida Museum Reserve and Sigulda City Council, and participating European Congress of Ethnic Religions (ECER), is organising the conference "Calendar – Cultural Reflection in nation", in the end of which – during the Summer Solstice Celebration in Turaida – the representatives will have a possibility to carry out jointly the ritual of light for the Harmony and Peace in the World.

CALENDAR – CULTURAL REFLECTION IN NATION

Every ethnos has retained the memory of its calendar, based on its union with nature and reflecting the sacral or cyclic time. Through celebrations and rituals, calendar shows the world outlook of people and also the ancient archetypes, creating and maintaining the ties with a particular place, time, tradition and ancestors. Presently, the majority of peoples live in the time matrix not giving them a possibility to synchronize with the cycles of nature – the historical or the linear time has been introduced – which does not allow reconnecting with their ancestral intangible cultural heritage. By restoring the ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS based in the ethnic tradition, people are able to get rid of uncongenial cultural influences. Each etnos's main task is to preserve and transmit their spiritual heritage to the future generations. This is also supported by the UNESCO Convention on Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The organizers of the conference invite the ethnic cultures to tell us your special story of your ethnic celebrations, rituals, traditions and archetypes over the course of a year.

At the end of the conference we plan to adopt a joint resolution.

Concluding the conference, we invite representatives of ethnic cultures celebrate the summer solstice in Turaida, jointly lighting a bonfire for Peace and Harmony in the world that resonates also with the year 2015 as the Year of Light declared by UNESCO.

The Summer Solstice Celebration in Sigulda began 9 years ago, and is now an expanding event grown every year, bringing 3 to 5 thousand participants of Latvian regions and guests from all over the world. This is a very important moment for the people who honour the Sun – it is also energetically a very powerful moment with the view to unite in a common thought and ritual. Everything that is alive is on the move – in the cycle (rite), and everywhere where there is a cycle there is also a ritual. Through ritual the human inner world comes in a close contact with the Universe, renovating the primordial harmony, which ultimately is also a key prerequisite for the existence of every ethnos – to build unity between PEOPLE, ANCESTORS and NATURE CYCLE.

ETHNIC CULTURE – PEOPLE'S ROAD OF LIFE

The development of understanding of the world goes in the order: SELF – FAMILY (KIN) – ETNOS – HUMANITY. We call to choose the road of Light, we call to bring Peace and Harmony to the world and we urge to follow own ways of culture to unify on the level of humanity through reaching spiritual perfection!

Organizers of the Conference:
„Foundation Māras loks"
In cooperation with:
Turaida Museum Reserve, European Congress of Ethnic Religions (ECER)
Supported by:
Sigulda County Council

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