Fathers’ Day is a day of honoring fatherhood and paternal bonds, as well as the influence of fathers in society. In Catholic countries of Europe, it has been celebrated on March 19 as Saint Joseph’s Day since the Middle Ages. In America, Father’s Day was founded by Sonora Smart Dodd, and celebrated on the third Sunday of June for the first time in 1910. It is held on various days in many parts of the world all throughout the year, often in the months of March, May and June.
In recent years, retailers have adapted to the holiday by promoting greeting cards and gifts such as electronics and tools. Schools (if in session) and other children’s programs commonly have activities to make Father’s Day gifts
We are bringing you our own take on this special day in June!
Personal e cards and many more!
And here are several samples of our Happy Father’s Day card to send!
Well, it turns out Easter actually began as a pagan festival celebrating spring in the Northern Hemisphere, long before the advent of Christianity. … “In the first couple of centuries after Jesus’s life, feast days in the new Christian church were attached to old pagan festivals.
Bunnies, eggs, Easter gifts and fluffy, yellow chicks in gardening hats all stem from pagan roots. These tropes were incorporated into the celebration of Easter separately from the Christian tradition of honoring the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead.
The origin of the Easter Bunny – can be traced back to 13th-century, pre-Christian Germany, when people worshiped several gods and goddesses.
The Teutonic deity Eostra was the goddess of spring and fertility, and feasts were held in her honor on the Vernal Equinox. Her symbol was the rabbit because of the animal’s high reproduction rate.
Spring also symbolized new life and rebirth; eggs were an ancient symbol of fertility. Easter eggs also represent Jesus’s resurrection. However, this association came much later when Roman Catholicism became the dominant religion in Germany in the 15th century and merged with already ingrained pagan beliefs.
The first Easter Bunny legend was documented in the 1500s. By 1680, the first story about a rabbit laying eggs and hiding them in a garden was published. These legends were brought to the United States in the 1700s, when German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania Dutch country.
The tradition of making nests for the rabbit to lay its eggs in soon followed. Eventually, nests became decorated baskets and colorful eggs were swapped for candy, treats and other small gifts.
Another quite recent tradition should not be forgotten, sending cards to friends and family. Here are few samples of our own creations….
Some of our electronic Easter cards for personal use to send to family and friends.
Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14. It originated as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus and is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and love in many regions of the world.
There are numerous martyrdom stories associated with various Valentines connected to February 14, including an account of the imprisonment of Saint Valentine of Rome for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians persecuted under the Roman Empire.
In 18th-century England, it grew into an occasion in which couples expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.
Our own electronic Valentine’s Day cards are also emerging.
It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween.
Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.
Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago, mostly in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.
This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.
There are many traditions during the Hallowee time spreading all over the globe.
One of them is sending electronic cards.
Get inspired with our Halloween cards.
Now enjoy the originals!
Wedding Photography is a special field of its own.
And the Industry is growing.
There are many photography choices people have now for this special day in their lives.
However, there are a lot of us whose special day has already happened and we have many images which were just put aside or in a box and were never properly edited or spent time on because of our busy lives.
Here are some samples edited after several years of sort of “being lost” among other things.
Whether it’s an unexpected animal or a person making a face, some photo bombs are almost guaranteed to make you giggle.
Wikipedia describes Photobombing as the act of purposely putting oneself into the view of a photograph, often in order to play a practical joke on the photographer or the subjects. Photo bombing has received significant coverage since 2009. Photobombs as a unintended subjects in the background have existed for much of the history of photography.
Photobombing has been known to get global exposure, mainly due to the the abundance of snapshots by smartphone cameras and posted on the internet. A number of websites include sections on them, or are entirely devoted to photobombs.
In 2014, “photobomb” was named Word of the Year by Collins English Dictionary.
Photobombing can be described as a person, intentionally or unintentionally appearing in a photograph of someone or something else and intentionally or unintentionally taking the focus and attention off of the intended subject.
What if we like the actual intended subject of the photo so much that we need to get rid of the photobomb?
We have so many cute pictures of different animals we photograph anywhere we go, travel, visit. They might be from your local ZOO, and if you have a membership…wow. Imagine how many times you go and bring some more pics! :~))
Or you take shots during traveling.
Over the years, the collection is growing.
Here are some we edited recently.
They are portraits made from the ordinary candid shots.