Phuket Vegetarian Festival – For purification of mind and body

Phuket is a holidaymaker’s paradise for many reasons. If you are planning a trip, be sure to include these must-visit attractions in your itinerary.

 

Vegetarian Festival

 

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

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The Phuket vegetarian festival in Thailand is an event filled with colour and gaiety that is celebrated each year between 20 to 28th October.

Good Health

As its name suggests the festival lays emphasis on the abstinence of any kind of meat and is a totally vegetarian fair. Supposedly this festival is dedicated to the nine emperor Gods to induce good health and peace of mind. Phuket is amongst the top vacation destinations in Thailand.

Origins

Get to know more about this festival and local fairs and events in blogs such as The Vacation Gateway. In fact, the origins of this festival can be traced back to the time when a wandering band of performers was stricken with a severe bout of malaria and went on a strictly vegetarian meal and prayed to God for purification of the mind and body and sure enough the entire troupe miraculously recovered completely.

Visitors

Face piercing in Phuket vegetarian festival

Phuket vegetarian festival, Photo via Public Domain Pictures

As a token of appreciation to the Gods, the people celebrated their recovery from what at that time was considered a fatal illness and henceforth the abstention of consuming any form of meat continues to this day. People fly in from Asian destinations, China, and other parts of the world to attend this colourful event.

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How to spend your free stopover in Qatar – Quick guide to Qatar

Despite the recent conflict and blockade of Qatar by some of the other countries in the Middle East, Qatar is still a Go-To destination and with good reason! Keep reading this awesome guide on what exactly you could do during your free stopover in Qatar!

Doha Fort

Also known as Al Koot, this historical fortress in located in the heart of Souq Waqif in Doha. Built in the 19th century, the Doha Fort is a popular tourist attraction and is a great way for visitors to learn about the country’s history and the history of the fort.

Souq Waqif

Souq Waqif is a great place to shop, eat and stay at! There are many Souq Waqif hotels to choose from if you want to spend a day in the city, such as Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels, which provide an ideal escape and haven from the heat!

Al Maha Sanctuary

Animal lovers! This place is for you! Al Maha Sanctuary is the controlled breeding ground for the Oryx – this ensures that the speicies doesn’t reach the extinction stage. The Oryx is beloved by the locals – hence why the national airline, Qatar Airways uses it as their symbol!

Shopping

Who doesn’t love shopping, right?! Spend the day walking through the shiny malls in the city and leave the store only after you’ve purchased bags worth of items!

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Rituals related to Sri Lankans – An interesting culture.

Rituals and customs go to the heart of the ancient culture of Sri Lanka. They have been passed down from generation to generation straddling over the 2,500 year history of the island. A majority of these customs and traditions are interspersed with the daily routines and livelihoods of people in their respective regional, social and religious spheres.

Taprobana, was the name given to the island of Sri Lanka by the ancient Greeks. Some of these cultural significances and rituals are based on colonial influence and are mostly still in practice within the island and is more to do in Galle , Kandy, Colombo and Negombo and other areas that were subjected to extensive colonial rule. You may catch the architectural wonders when staying at these areas in a tourist resort or villa such as Taprobana, Wadduwa Sri Lanka.

The aboriginals of the country also known as the ‘Veddhas’ are famous for prayers to avoid misfortune which they believe to be caused by the lifeless. Charms and various rituals are carried out by ‘Kattandiyas’ often to bring good fortune and chase away evil spirits. In the ancient times, before the discovery of calendars the people of the country had a habit of considering full moon days as a day for spiritual awakening. In the modern times, Poya Days are preserved for practising Buddhism by visiting temples to engage in various religious rituals. Most Buddhists observe the ‘Eight Precepts’ on these days to stay away from the pleasures of materialistic life. One of the biggest religious festivals of Sri Lanka similar to most Buddhist counties is Vesak, this is a commemoration of the birth, Enlightenment and ‘Parrinirvana’ (passing way) of the Buddha.

Thovil or “devil-dancing” are a ritualistic healing ceremony exclusively practised by Sri Lanka.

The temple of tooth relic ‘Sri Dalada Maligawa’ in Kandy, is a dynamic temple complex that has a series of ingrained rituals. The annual Perehera at Dalada Maligawa is a cultural phenomenon. During this glorious event, the Tooth Relic is paraded through the vibrant streets, alongside cultural dancers, traditional drummers, and majestic Sri Lankan elephants.

 

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Cultural Activities to do in Negombo -A Treasure-trove of Cultural Wonders

Drenched in sunshine and home to idyllic stretches of shoreline bordered by refreshing ocean waters, Negombo, a slice of paradise has a rich history and heritage and those visiting here have much to do. One of the best ways to enjoy this coastal getaway is to stay at budget hotels in Sri Lanka that are located on the shore itself such as Hotel J Negombo.

Being a coastal city in Sri Lanka, Negombo was a very popular city during the colonization of the island. Tipped to be one of Negombo’s most visited tourist attractions, the Dutch Fort is no ordinary remnant of the city’s colonial legacy. Having been under the Portuguese and Dutch rule in centuries past the city’s colonial heritage is one of its chief draws for tourists from around the world. A tour of the Dutch Fort is a highlight of any tour of Negombo as the imposing structure built as a defence mechanism against invasion is an architectural marvel that dates back to 1672.

Affectionately dubbed Sri Lanka’s “Little Rome” Negombo is home to more churches per square kilometre than any other city on the island. Filled with churches some of the key highlights in Negombo include St. Mary’s Church which is one of the largest cathedrals in all of Sri Lanka. Other points of interest for church-goers include the Katuwapitiya Church, Sea Street Church and the Grand Street Church which are incidentally the largest parishes in the most catholic city. Although Christianity is the predominant religion in Negombo, there is a good deal of mosques, kovils and Buddhist Temples all over Negombo city. A prominent age old temple in the region is the Angurukaramulla Temple and is known above all for its 6m-long reclining Buddha. Every day devout worshippers can be seen offering flowers to Lord Buddha and praying for prosperity before this mighty statue.

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Etihad Stadium One of the Top Entertainment Arenas in the World – The Dynamic Etihad Stadium of Melbourne

Etihad Stadium

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Melbourne is a cultural capital of Australia and a thriving destination where the performing arts are concerned. It is also a prime locale for sporting events, since it also hosted many major events such as the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games and various world-cup matches. As a result of this the city is a thriving tourism destination and has many choices of accommodation, ranging from resorts to serviced apartments Melbourne CBD has to offer such as Oaks On William.

The stadium finished construction in 2001, and cost a total of more than four-hundred-million Australian dollars. All of that money was arguably well spent since it is one of the most renowned entertainment venues in the world. The coliseum-style stadium boasts a retractable roof that is the biggest of its kind within the entire Southern Hemisphere.

The venue was originally built for Australian-rules football, but has since hosted a wide variety of events. One of the most popular of them was part of the WWE Global Warning tour. Although it wasn’t a televised, it was considered an official WWE Live event. When UFC 193 was held at the stadium it set a record attendance for the company.

There have been a wide range of international musical acts that have graced the stage, encompassing a wide variety of genres. These artists include big names such as Barbara Streisand, George Michael, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, AC/DC and Coldplay.

The stadium also hosted an automotive event with the use of a temporary track during the 2015 Speedway Grand Prix of Australia where it featured the Motorcycle Speedway part of the event.

With an astonishing range of events being showcased here, this is definitely one of the ultimate entertainment venues in existence. So if you ever find yourself in Melbourne, be sure to keep an out for what’s happening at the Etihad Stadium.

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Songkaran Festival Phuket – An Island Wide Water Fight

Do you love waterfights? Do you consider yourself to be the best at it? Head over to Phuket, Thailand from April 13th to April 15th and take part in the island wide water fight, also known as Songkran Festival. This festival marks the start of the Thai New Year. Phuket is believed to be one of the most popular places to celebrate the Songkran festival in Thailand and if you’re looking for a luxury Phuket hotel to stay at during this time, such as Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas, be sure to book well in advance! Phuket is the largest island in Thailand and is usually referred to as the Pearl of the Andaman.

If you plan on visiting the island during the time of the festival, make sure you’re not driving or riding a bike, as when water is thrown at you, your impulse would be to close your eyes, which could probably lead to a few crashes! So walk during the festival to wherever it is you need to go! Make sure you invest in a waterproof camera aswell, because there’s a high chance of ruining your non waterproof camera or phone – be prepared to be completely drenched in water. At times, the water is dyed with some coloured powder, so avoid wearing expensive clothes during the festival period. There are plenty of water guns for sale during this time, and don’t be surprised if you see a cop pointing one at you aswell! But don’t worry; you can drench them in water too, as they’ll most likely be doing the same to you!

During the Songkran festival, locals give thanks to Lord Buddha while visiting monasteries and temples and giving alms to monks. To cater to the large number of tourists attending the festival, there are also plenty of stalls selling clothes and local crafts.

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Thailand as a Business Destination – Corporate Getaways in Asia

Is Thailand all about the sexy beaches, intriguing restaurants and bars and day tripping all around the country? Amidst all these temptations for the ideal vacation, one might wonder if Thailand is still a business destination where you could have a company retreat or a mere business meeting with high-end clients who needs to be impressed.

Despite the intriguing vacation landscape of Thailand, the economy of the country has been through a tremendous amount of change and today, country bears favourable opportunities for foreign investments. As one of the largest growing markets in the world, and as a member of the ASEAN region and its unforgettable vibrant consumer base, the country attracts a large number of international investors.

Nothing says a “stress free business meeting” like a meeting in Pattaya. If you do not wish to be amidst all the hustle and bustle, you can always go for options such as AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa where you can still have a conventional business meeting with great views of the bay.

If you organize your business meeting in the off-peak period you can benefit not only from cheaper flights but also from reduced hotel rates. A business meeting over a pint or a game of tennis does sound more appealing than in an air-conditioned hall! With prices slashed during the off-peak season, you are able to enjoy that business meeting or retreat that is also the ultimate relaxed getaway.

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Chumphon Marine Festival – The Incredible Chumphon Marine Festival

If you have heard of Thailand you will be aware that this nation has some of the most unique and astonishing festivals in the world, such as the city-wide water-fight that is referred to as the Songkran festival. The Chumphon Marine festival is an equally incredible concept and is definitely something that should not be missed if you happen to be here during the season. There’s many a Sathorn Bangkok hotel to choose from in the nearby area such as the Anantara Sathorn Bangkok Hotel.

The goal of the festival is to promote marine tourism while also carrying out some seriously eco-friendly activities in the process. One of the most incredible highlights of the 2016 festival were the sand-related art that was featuring ranging from incredibly breathtaking drawings to sand sculptures of various icons that are relevant to the ten ASEAN countries as well as the Chumphon province itself.

There are many mini-festivals that take place during the course of this larger parent festival. If you enjoy seafood, there’s a massive seafood festival that takes place as part of the Chumpon Marine Festival where you can feast on a variety of seafood dishes prepared according to a range of styles. There’s even a kite-festival that happens which is sure to be a sight to behold.

The most remarkable activities are the ones that positively impact the marine environment. Not only does the festival result in large-scale beach clean-ups, but it organises operations involving divers who rid the ocean depths of garbage, since Chumphon is considered one of the best diving spots in Thailand. During the festival, rare and endangered marine creatures are also released back into the ocean in order to boost their numbers. These usually mark the end of conservation projects to breed certain species.

So if you’re in Thailand during this time, be sure to experience the astonishingly positive Chumphon Marine Festival.

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Moon Festival a Burst of Culinary Creativities – Treats, Snacks, and Mooncakes

The Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, is a Chinese harvest festival celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. It is generally celebrated during the last week of September or early October and includes a multitude of colorful cultural celebrations which can also be experienced on Bangkok cruises, such as those offered by Anantara Cruises, Thailand. The Moon Festival is celebrated in Thailand as well, and one of the fascinating features about the celebrations is the culinary delights.

Mooncakes

You can’t celebrate the Moon Festival without making Mooncakes – at least that’s what Thai tradition dictates. Thus, Mooncakes are considered to be one of the main culinary creations during the Moon Festival. Mooncakes are essentially thin-crust pastries wrapped around a sweet filling of sweet bean paste, lotus seed paste, and egg yolk. Although this is how Mooncakes are traditionally made, modern spins on Mooncake include chocolate Mooncakes and many other delicious creations. Almost all stores sell Mooncakes during the Moon Festival, so make sure you try one.

Snails for Brightness, Taro for Luck and Pumpkin for Health

The foods made during the Moon Festival are considered to have some symbolic meaning. For example, river snails cooked in herbs and spices is said to brighten your eyes, while Taro corns are said to bring good luck. Thus, you shouldn’t be too surprised if you find snails and Taro in various snacks and dishes during the Moon Festival. Pumpkin is considered to bring good health during the festival, so pumpkin is quite common during the Moon Festival too.

Duck, Crab, and much more!

Additionally, you can expect to have various dishes of duck and crab, as they are specialty meats during the Moon Festival. Fruits such as watermelon and pears are in abundance during the festivities too, while Osmanthus-flavored cake and wine is the dessert of choice during the Moon Festival.

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Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan – Party On, Till the Break of Dawn!

All the way back in 1985, a group of tourists discovered one night that the most beautiful full moon to be seen in all of Bali was to be found in Koh Phangan. This was the birth of the now infamous full moon party. Tourists and party-goers from all over the world fly down to this party central island, looking for an escape from their daily routines and dull city lives. The shores of Bali’s islands are lined with budget, rustic style accommodation. However, if you’re looking for a luxury resort, Koh Phangan still has quite a few to boast, such as the Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas and numerous others

The party usually takes place either just before, on the night of or right after the full moon of each month. Despite starting as a thanksgiving for a small bunch of around 20-30 travellers, the full moon party in Koh Phangan now draws in approximately 5,000-30,000 travellers every month.

The party starts around sunset when the moon begins to emerge over the powdery sandy beaches and goes on until the sun rises the following day. As the skies darken, tables are kept along the beach with thousands of lamps lit across. As the party advances into the night, DJs take turns to give the crowd the kind of music they want, ranging from reggae, dance, R&B / Hip Hop, drum and bass to house, trance, psychedelic and electronic music. Firework displays take place throughout the night, whilst jugglers and fire-eaters are around for extra entertainment.

Amidst all this ongoing party aura, when you feel like you need to perhaps slow down and chill a little, several vendors in the area provide for snacks and simple meals to munch on. Grab a drink and a bite and maybe lounge around or even go for a quick dip before you head back into the party, loaded with more energy!

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