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Bellydance Day 2003!
Khamsa's For All!

This year the Beledi Club's Bellydance Day took place at a Madison Karate studio. I offered free henna for the day's events- not taking any money in left me free to just enjoy myself and feel no pressure. Well, there was no pressure and I did enjoy myself, but I saw *nothing* of Bellydance Day's offerings! I mean, I saw some performances (mostly out of the corner of my eye), but didn't get the chance to spend any money on goods. Hmmm, perhaps that's a good thing. I decided to bring Catherine's article on Id al-Adha that includes tons of lovely khamsa's. I thought that would make a great "pick from these pages" design choice and again, take pressure off me! No refusing someone their choice cause the line was too long, no letting people down cause I took 30 minutes on someone wanting something big, et cetera. The designs to ward off evil went over wonderfully, thus, needless to say, the event went well. Much fun. I hope to do next year's event, probably with a booth bitch and timed breaks every hour. =)

These designs come from Catherine Cartwright-Jones' paper Id al-Adha: The Ecological and Nutritional Impact of the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice, and the Significance of Henna in this Sacrifice".

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