Thailand – Valentine tie-ups by boat, balloon and on elephant

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Several provinces arranged special marriage ceremonies yesterday according to their own special views of Valentine’s Day.

Many couples yesterday launched their married life at the ceremonies, which were set up with local themes to promote tourism in the provinces and make the start of a long life together more memorable.

Napaporn Sawatdimongkol, director of the administration and registration office of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, said 3,486 couples had registered their marriages in the capital this year.

Bang Rak district was still the most popular area for couples to register their marriage, as the district welcomed 1,045 couples yesterday.

In the northern province of Chiang Rai, 20 couples registered their marriage in Singha Park before riding hot-air balloons to celebrate the start of their honeymoon in the sky.

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Pro golfer Kiradech Aphibarnrat was among the 20 couples joining the ceremony in Chiang Rai.

In Rayong, 30 couples chosen from 15 tambons in Klaeng district registered their marriage on a luxury yacht at Cape Mae Pim to promote local tourism.

The couples were given framed marriage certificates that they had signed, a voucher for a one-night hotel stay and a pair of lottery tickets as gifts on the joyous occasion.

In Ang Thong, one of the grooms who attended the marriage registration ceremony at Khun Inthapramool Temple, an important historical site in the province, wore traditional warrior garb, catching the attention of many tourists.

Ang Thong is famous for the local resistance army that fought Burmese invaders during war in the Ayutthaya era.

Another of the distinctive registration ceremonies was held at the Nong Nooch Garden in Chon Buri, where marriages on elephant-back were arranged.

There were 99 couples attending the ceremony there.

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It was also the marriage registration for the elephant couples at the event.BothThere was also a marriage registration for the elephant couple. Each one drew red hearts on the certificate to represent their signatures.

In Ubon Ratchatani, traditional Isan (Northeast) weddings and marriage registrations were held at the confluence of the Mekong and Mun rivers.

Even in the deep South, a caravan of 700 bicycles and 10 off-road vehicles transported 83 lucky couples from Narathiwat to the Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary to register their marriages on a raft in the jungle.

A hornbill was chosen as the mascot of the event to signify true love.

Source: The Nation

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Chinese Spring Lantern Festival

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The Spring Lantern Festival falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month.
In the fifteen days following of the Chinese New Year, China will celebrate the Spring Festival. People flock to parks to behold dragon dance and Chinese opera. And that goes cheerful and colorful.

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Love likes to have the final word, and on the last day of Chinese New Year celebrations, couples spend time together on what’s informally known as ‘Chinese Valentine’s Day.

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Hong Kong is a beautiful sight during this event, when colorful lanterns are hung in parks, flower markets and restaurants.

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The Lantern Festival of 2016 falls on February 22. There is no holiday for this traditional festival.

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Falling on the 15th day of the first lunar month, Lantern Festival is the first significant feast after Spring Festival, so called because the most important activity during the night of the event is watching various wonderful Chinese lanterns.
And because every household eats yuanxiao (a rice ball stuffed with different fillings) on that day, it is called Yuan Xiao Festival. For its rich and colorful activities, it is regarded as the most recreational among all the Chinese festivals and a day for appreciating the bright full moon, and family reunion.

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With a history of over 2,000 years, various traditional customs and activities are held during Lantern Festival that appeal to people of different ages, including watching lanterns and fireworks, guessing lantern riddles, performing folk dances, and eating yuanxiao.

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During the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD), Buddhism flourished in China. So in order to popularize Buddhism, one of the emperors gave an order to light lanterns in the imperial palace to worship and show respect for Buddha on the 15th day of the first lunar month. During the Tang (618 – 907), Song (960 – 1279), Ming (1368 – 1644) and Qing (1644 – 1911) dynasties, lighting lanterns became a tradition for Chinese people.

Today, when the festival comes, red lanterns can be seen in the street, in each house, and store. In the parks, lanterns of various shapes and types attract countless visitors. Visitors marvel that various lanterns so vividly demonstrate traditional Chinese folklore.

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Beginning from the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279), guessing riddles is regarded as an indispensable part of the Lantern Festival. People write all kinds of riddles on pieces of paper, and paste them on colorful lanterns to let visitors guess. If one has an answer to a riddle, he can pull the paper to let organizers verify the answer. Gifts are presented to the people who get the right answers.

Because this intellectual activity is exciting, people from all walks of life enjoy it.

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Silk Festival, Thailand

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Silk and Phuk Seow Festival Last few days of this colourful & joyous North East event
When: 29 November – 10 December 2015

Where: City Hall on Thanon Na Soon Rachakarn. Khon Kaen Northeast Thailand

Thailand has always been famous for its production of silk with Khon Kaen as the stage for this annual event, which aims to promote the art of both silk weaving and the rearing of silk worms. The colourful festival is held in tandem with the moving phuk seow/siao ceremony, a traditional friendship-deepening ritual of the Northeast which involves the exchange of symbolic wrist strings.

“Seow” (a word for “friend” in Northeast dialect) refers to two people who are full of great loyalty, sincerity and share a close relationship with each other. Nothing, even death, will put them apart. This relationship is not only supposed to happen among the two “friends”, but also be felt and shared with others in their families.

The Festival also includes Colorful street processions, featuring local people in traditional clothes, a beauty pageant, traditional Isan cultural shows as well as exhibits on the silk industry all of which add to the fun of this glorious festival.

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Korean cities gear up for multicultural festivals

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Major cities across Korea will be hosting multicultural festivals this weekend, as annual events in Seoul, Busan and Gwangju coincide.

The festivals are an opportunity for foreign community groups to show off their food and culture, while residents can enjoy cultural performances, try new food for the first time and find out what the local support centres for foreign residents offer.

Busan

The Global Gathering will convene on Saturday as Busan’s biggest multicultural festival, hosted by Busan Metropolitan City and Busan Foundation for Int’l Activities.

In its 10th year, the event has grown fivefold since it started with 28 booths. After an opening parade and ceremony, there will be stage performances by 30 community groups including international schools, dance troupes and musicians.

Alongside the performances, there will be booths for information food and cultural products.

On the more serious side there will be a Busan Town Meeting at which foreign residents can turn up and ask questions to the mayor and make suggestions and requests on how to improve life in the city.

Consultations will also be provided on immigration, medical, tax, legal and other issues.

The festival runs from 10 am to 5 pm at Songsanghyeong Square near Bujeon Station Exit 8. For a full schedule, visit www.bfia.or.kr.

Seoul

In Seoul, Itaewon will host the Itaewon Global Village Festival, which has been running for 10 years, on Saturday and Sunday.

The entire venue is closed to traffic for the festival, which stretches along the main street of Itaewon to Noksapyeong Station.

The festival will have over 100 booths for food, beer, and cultural experiences, as well as a DJ party on the main street. There will also be a street parade of over 1,000 people in costume and shows featuring traditional culture.

As well as the DJ, music will come from K-pop acts and local indie bands.

“The highlight would be the world food zone where people can taste all the different kinds of food at a cheap price,” said Lee Dae-jin, chairman of the festival.

“Managers and cooks from restaurants in Itaewon run this world food zone to advertise their dishes.”

A little way from the Itaewon Global Village Festival, another music event is running, independent rock gathering HBC fest, with most acts playing on Saturday.

A full schedule of the Global Village Festival is available via www.itaewon.or.kr.

Gwangju

The Gwangju International Community Day will be celebrated among the city’s foreign residents on Sunday.

Hosted by the Gwangju International Center, the GIC Day is now in its 21st year, making it the oldest of the festivals.

“The motivation for holding the GIC Day is to make a place for exchanging culture and food between foreign residents and Koreans,” said Han Lee-seul

“We hope that it helps to make one global society through mutual exchanges and communications with multinational people.”

Last year, there were about 15 countries’ food booths and 10 countries’ experience booths from Indonesia, Vietnam, Ireland, and Mexico among others.

This year’s festival will be about the same size as last year’s, with 16 food booths, 10 culture booths showcasing traditional games and activities related to different countries.

A flea market and performances will also be held.

The festival is also making efforts to promote environmental awareness.

“Special souvenirs will be given to those who use public transport, recycle garbage and do not use disposable items,” said Lee.

The festival runs 11 am to 5 pm at the Asia Culture Complex. See www.gic.or.kr for more information.

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