Naw Ruz marks the end of the Fast and the beginning of a new year in the Baha’i calendar. Naw-Ruz is a celebration of a “spiritual springtime” that symbolizes both individual renewal and mankind’s revitalization.
Cloud9 is a podcast produced by Baha’i Teachings. Its aim is to feature interviews with artists and discuss what inspires them to make a positive contribution to the world. In this episode, Baha’i Teachings’ arts editor Shadi Toloui-Wallace interviews Celine Chhuon, a Parisian based photographer driven to capture the precious and fleeting moments in life. Born in France to parents of Chinese origin who fled Cambodia during the civil war, Celine recalls developing a creative inclination and attraction to beauty at a young age.
In Cloud9’s interview, Celine opens up about how Abdu’l-Baha came to her in a dream, asking her to come to Him, which impelled Celine to become a Baha’i in her 20’s. Having developed a love and skill in photography as a hobby, Celine shares that it was a fearful car accident some years later that encouraged her to reflect on her life’s purpose and devote her life to the art of photography.
In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a stay-at-home parent and a bookworm with a maxed out library card but professionally she is a museologist with a background in English Literature. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.