Australian Religious Diary 2011

Australian Religious Diary 2011

David Lovell

One of the most noticeable aspects of Australian Religious Diary 2011 is its cover. It is a tree, quite striking in its simplicity and made with incense burns on rice paper.

The artwork is one of a number that made the finals of the 2009 Blake Prize. They are all unusual and eye catching.

The diary also contains full Catholic lectionary details for Sunday and daily liturgical reading; Revised Common lectionary readings for Sundays; a weekly gospel verse and daily psalm response; Anglican, Uniting Church, Catholic, Lutheran, Orthodox, Eastern Catholic, Jewish and Muslim feasts, holy days and commemorations and United Nation Days, public holidays and school dates for all the states.

I enjoyed reading the special days and their sometimes odd juxtapositions, such as February 3 which commemorates the date of the First Christian Service in Australia and the start of the Chinese New Year (Rabbit).

Some of the United Nations days were days that I had never heard of, such as the International Mother Language Day, International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People and World Mountain Day.

Australian Religious Diary 2011 would have to be the most interesting diary I have come across.

Katy Gerner

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