It’s that time of the year again! The season is changing and the sun is shining down upon us! What better way to start off the festival season in Calgary than by attending the Lilac Festival this coming weekend!
The festival has been a constant occurrence in Calgary for over 20 years and it will be held again this Sunday, June 4th from 10 am to 6 pm, on 4th St SW (between 13th Ave & Elbow Drive).
Starting off as a small neighbourhood celebration in 1989 by the Cliff Bungalow/ Mission Community Association and 4th Street Business Revitalization Zone, the Lilac Festival has grown to now entertain over 80,000 people! In 2005, an estimate of 120,000 people attended and it was voted Calgary’s Best Free Festival in 2006.
Some things to look out for:
- To start the day off there will be a parade at 10 am beginning on 25th Ave SW, along 4th St and finishing at 13th Ave SW.
- To promote new and independent talent, different artists from across Canada and other countries including, Poland, Italy and Colombia, will be performing to world music throughout the day on the six stages located on 4th St.
- Artisan vendors, food, electronics and many other business stalls will all be present for your enjoyment throughout the day.
Don’t miss out on any of the fun this weekend! We’ll see you all at the Lilac Festival on Sunday!
For more information, visit.
Why Valentine’s Day is Actually Designed for Singles
The holiday that we have all either come to love or hate, unsurprisingly, didn’t always revolve around cards and chocolates. The customs that we have all fallen into since we were kids, actually had very different origins than one would think.
Breaking down the holiday, there are actually many different facets that bring it all together. Various martyrdom stories are associated with different Valentine’s of the past. For the most part, the Catholic Church chose to honour them during the month of February, which then led to the naming of the annual celebration. Afterwards, it was all tied together with an ancient ritual celebrated by the Romans.
Lupercalia, the fertility festival, was a yearly celebration for the Romans in honour of the god of agriculture. According to myth, it was also a time to celebrate the Roman founders Romulus and Remus, who were both raised by a she-wolf. There were various aspects to the celebration, most of which, did not make the cut into the 21st century. One such practice involved cutting up animal hides into strips and dipping them into sacrificial blood. They were then slapped against the bodies of women, believing it would allow them to become more fertile for the year. Women would actually line the streets to have their turn as the progression passed through.
The fun part came towards the end, when singles throughout the city would pair off in honour of the festival through random selection via draw. Many times this resulted in successful marriages.
Today, the day is obviously celebrated a little differently, with no bloody whippings of animal hide required. People get to partake in the exchange of tokens of affections with their loved ones, and a plethora of money is spent trying to make that special someone in your life happy. After Christmas, Valentine’s Day is the second most popular holiday for sending cards to other people. Approximately 150 million cards are exchanged, and a total spending of $18.6 billion takes place every year!
So for those of you that will be single for this Valentine’s Day, don’t fret. In fact, relish in the fact that you’re not about to drop some mad cash on someone, just to say that you love them. Valentine’s Day can be a very exciting holiday when you have that significant other in your life, but remember, the day was originally for all the single people to hook up! So really, instead of being sad, what you should really spend the day doing is stripping apart goat hide and finding someone to smack it with…kidding.
Local Love for Local Laundry
As a stylist, a student, and super tired individual, I needed something simple. December is in full-swing. The holiday season has just begun. The weather is arguably way warmer in Calgary than I have ever witnessed in my lifetime; I have no complaints. It’s safe to say that this season I’ve fully embraced my city.
From the weather to the clothing, I’ve come full circle. More importantly, during this fine December I’ve taken it upon myself to shop locally.
I couldn’t be more ecstatic to have this opportunity to collaborate with HYPR Magazine and The Salt Co., to showcase Local Laundry’s new collection. With the brand being 100% established in Canada and that they also support a good cause, this season couldn’t get any better. With their goal to raise over $1 million for local Canadian charities, it’s something you can’t turn your back on.
Culture1 month ago
What Social Expectations of Men Do Guys Wish Didn’t Exist?
Opinion1 month ago
Three Ways to Turn Social Media Followers Into Paying Customers
Topics4 months ago
Local Love for Local Laundry
Instagram1 month ago
Three Ways to Grow on Instagram in 2018
Podcast12 months ago
Ep. 006 – Why I Dropped Out of School to Start HYPR Magazine
Startup2 months ago
What is Bitcoin?!
Editorial4 weeks ago
Why You Should Become a Cannabis Entrepreneur
News1 month ago
Why Drink Green Beer When You Can Just Smoke Some Green Instead?