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Drawing on Traditions – Kecak Dance in Uluwatu

Kecak dance is said to have its origins in trance rituals of Bali. This was combined with music and dance that is an integral part of Balinese life and a dance drama performed by a group of men, based on the epic Ramayana was born. Originally a men only dance, it is performed by about 50 to 150 men with bare upper bodies wearing checked sarongs, sitting in concentric circles swaying in a trance like rhythmic manner who throw up their arms, stand and lie prone in unison, chanting ‘chak a chak a chak’ to the accompaniment of the gamelan suara as they depict various scenes from the Ramayana. The voice of the narrator rise high above the chanting explaining the unfolding drama. Many dance …

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Mid-Autumn Festival 2014 in Chinatown, a festive highlight

The vibrant Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated enthusiastically in Singapore’s Chinatown just as it is in Chinese communities all around the world. If you are interested in visiting the city-state at this joyous time of the year you will find an excellent accommodation in The St. Regis Singapore. One of the outstanding 5 star hotels Singapore offers this quality rest provides fine accommodations and painstaking service to assure a delightful stay. The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Mooncake Festival is a traditional event that the Chinese have celebrated over the course of many centuries. It may be thought of as the Chinese equivalent of the American Thanksgiving and involves all members of the family. According to the traditional lunar calendar the occasion falls on 8th September in 2014, …

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The Sporting Life – Al Forsan Special Summer Events

If ever there was a perfect place for sports enthusiast, any type of sports that is, it would be Al Forsan International Sports Resort in Khalifa City just a few minutes away from Abu Dhabi’s international airport and the city centre. The sporting, leisure and fun facilities here range from two freshwater lakes, one for beginners and the other for experts to wakeboard, water ski and knee board. A shooting range, a polo field, indoor and outdoor equestrian arenas, archery, a 1.2 km professional track at the Motor Sports Centre designed to provide challenging and exhilarating experiences are among Al Forsan’s facilities. Riders can achieve speeds from 30 to 70 mph at the centre’s karting circuit. The Al Forsan complex includes indoor and outdoor paintball …

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About Food and Drink – TRAFS 2014

By caleb on 10th July 2014
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About Food and Drink – TRAFS 2014

Now in its 8th year, the Thailand Retail Food & Hospitality Services TRAFS for short is an annual hospitality industry event held over four days in mid July at BITEC Bangkok. It is promoted as one of the ‘must attend’ regional events for anyone engaged in the hospitality industry. As equipment and supplies for hotels, restaurants, catering, bakery and retail businesses are exhibited this is where more than 30,000 visitors and participants from 50 regional and other countries come to get in touch with the latest trends in key areas of the hospitality industry. It is the best regional platform for kitchen, Bakery and coffee equipment manufacturers and distributors, manufacturers and distributors of food, beverages, ice cream and dairy products, laundry, cleaning equipment and bedding, …

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Celebrate Ancestor’s Day in Cambodia’s Sacred Pchum Ben Festival

Travellers in search of five-star Siem Reap accommodation will be more than pleased with the Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa. Providing guests with a central location this idyllic rest offers modern amenities to suit business travellers as well as holidaymakers. Renowned as one of Cambodia’s most sacred religious festivals the marking of Pchum Ben or Ancestor’s Day holds a special place in the hearts and minds of Khmer residents the world over. This annual religious ceremony in Cambodia falls on the 15th day of the 10th month in the Khmer calendar with dates in the Georgian calendar alternating between the months of September and October. The 2013 Pchum Ben festival for example was marked from the 3rd to the 5th of October while the dates of this year’s …

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The Hungry Ghost Festival – worshipping the ancestors

Falling on the 15th day of the 7th month of the lunar calendar, the Hungry Ghost Festival which is referred to as ‘Yu Lan’ by the locals involves one thrilling spectacle. It’s certainly not your local rendition of Halloween but this festival is closely associated with ancestor worship. Should you be holidaying at a Wan Chai hotel Hong Kong such as Cosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong during this time, consider taking in the sights and sounds of this festival. Also held to appease the spirits, locals can be seen busily engaged in burning faux money, tending fires by the road and making offerings to their ancestors who have long since passed into the after world. Amongst the charitable deeds, visitors will also have the opportunity to watch Chinese operas being …

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