What is Loy Krathong? – Discover a Fascinating International Celebration

Out of the many festivals and celebrations celebrated throughout the world, Loy Krathong is among the most colourful, and anyone would be dazzled by the cultural celebrations associated with it.

Loy Krathong Explained

The name of this festival translates as ‘to float a basket’, and is celebrated in Thailand as well as other nations with significant southwestern Tai cultures. This celebration actually takes place under many different names as well, such as Full-Moon Poya in Sri Lanka, and Bon Om Touk in Cambodia.

What Happens During Loy Krathong?

The iconic concept involves krathongs, which are small boats which are crafted out a variety of materials, usually natural, and then released into the river.


Loy Krathong at Asiatique

If you happen to be in Bangkok, one of the best places to experience Loy Kratong Festival would be along Asiatique, the famous riverfront night-market. It is a very central location, close to many hotels, resorts and serviced suites in Bangkok along the likes of Anantara Baan Rajprasong Bangkok.

Yi Peng

Interestingly, this coincides with another festival that takes place predominantly in Northern Thailand called Yi Peng where sky lanterns are launched into the air. These lanterns are made from very thin materials such as rice paper.


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Festivals in Bangkok – What is your Favourite Bangkok Festival?

There is a host of festivals and events that are popularly celebrated by the residents of Bangkok. Given below are some of the most fervently celebrated occasions in this city

Chinese New Year

This joyously celebrated festival is particularly important to residents of Chinese descent. Bangkok’s Chinatown, the locality of Yaowaraj comes vibrantly alive with dragon dances, innumerable firecrackers and a joyous festive ambience.

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This unique and distinctive festival is an occasion that is important to Thais. This significant event usually falls in November on a full moon night, when innumerable Thais make their way to rivers, canals and lakes in order to release pretty little rafts created in the shape of a lotus flower. Visitors can stay in Bangkok luxury hotels the likes of Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel to get the best out of their vacation.

Songkran Festival

Celebrated from the 13th to the 15th of April each year, this vibrant festival is an occasion for young Thais to engage in good-natured water fights and street revelries. Many Bangkok residents return to their hometowns at this time of the year.

Vegetarian Festival

The well-known Vegetarian Festival is a popular event that is much anticipated by many Thais. This festival is of Chinese origin and therefore Chinatown is the focus of the festivities. At this time you will find a host of makeshift stalls selling strictly vegan meals, whilst many regular restaurants also take the opportunity to participate in this event.

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The 72nd Independence Day of Indonesia – A Free and an Independent Society

Indonesia celebrated its 72nd Independence day on the 17th of August 2017 in glorious style. The 17th of August has been declared a national Holiday in all of Indonesia.

About Indonesia

The huge Indonesian archipelago, made up of more than seventeen thousand islands stretching from South East Asia to the Pacific, is like many countries in one. When you are here, visiting the popular province in Indonesia, Bali, is a must as there is so much to see and do. You may choose to book into a Bali resort hotel such as the Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort.

Special Publication

A special publication was released by Indonesia Investments dedicating itself to this historic day. It was highlighted by stories such as the former President Soekarno’s continued fight for the freedom of Indonesia and also of the birth of Indonesia’s national anthem, a brief narration of the period of colonial rule and of its heroes who struggled on behalf of Indonesia for its independence.


It’s celebrations were held at Wisma, in Rose Bay. The theme adopted for this year’s Independence Day was ‘Kerja Bersama’ (togetherness).


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The 18th World Gourmet Festival – A Taste of Culinary Heaven

Known as the city of Angels, Bangkok, the capital of the beautiful country Thailand has attained many great heights in the global culinary stage this year. To add to this, the city will be hosting the 18th World Gourmet Festival this year as well.

All about the festival

This event gathers high-end chefs in the world that belong to different countries such as Australia to Portugal to Japan and much more. From the first time the festival started until today, this has become one of the most extravagant gastronomic events that take places in the world.

What to expect

Michelin star chefs and other experts in food and wine makers get together during this eventful time and prepare mouth-watering cuisine where you could experience a flavour explosion in everything you taste. Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel that is one of the Sukhumvit Hotels in Bangkok will be hosting the event this year.

Mark your calendar

If you are planning to visit Bangkok, the best time would be early September, because the 18th World Gourmet Festival will also be taking place during this time. Exactly between the 4th to the 10th of September.


Before attending the festival, reservations should be done online. All details of when each and every chef that will be cooking and the times can be checked from the official World Gourmet Festival website.

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Ramadan: Month of Fasting – One of the Five Pillars of Islam

Whether they are at home or residing in resorts in Abu Dhabi, those of the Islamic faith will be inclined to observe Ramadan: the Month of Fasting.

When is Ramadan?
The religious practice of fasting observed by those of the Islamic faith takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It usually lasts for around twenty-nine to thirty days.

What Happens during Ramadan?

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During Ramadan, Muslims will fast for majority of the day and break fast in the evening after sunset. Therefore, many resorts such as Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort in the Middle East, as well as others in predominantly Muslim regions, will host ‘Ifthars’, also known as breaking fast meals.

Why is Ramadan Celebrated?

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Ramadan celebrates the moment when the Quran was first revealed to Muhammad by God. The Quran was, and remains to be the persuasive religious text in Islam. Ramadan is also considered to be one of the Five Pillars of Islam i.e. the five basic acts which are considered mandatory. These basic acts include faith, prayer, charity, fasting and pilgrimage to Mecca.

Who Should Fast?
The act of fasting is considered obligatory for all adult Muslims. However, certain groups are exempted from the practice. These include those who are elderly, pregnant, diabetic or chronically ill etc.

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Sri Lankan Perahera and Culture – The Spectacular Esala Procession of Kandy

Kandy is an ancient and renowned city, with more than one UNESCO Heritage site featured within the city. The greatest celebration of Kandy’s immense historical heritage is the Esala procession, referred to as the Esala Perahera. The parade is so popular and widely celebrated that people from all over the island will flock to Kandy in order to witness the procession, and almost any luxury hotel, Sri Lanka has to offer such as the Anantara Kalutara Resort is sure to have packages to allow their visitors to experience this incredible experience.

The procession features the full spectrum of traditional Sri Lankan dances, encompassing fire-dances, whip dancers, colourful Kandyan dancers among much more. One of the hallmarks of the procession are the extravagantly decorated elephants that march along with the dancers.

The parade is held in tribute to the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha, which is kept in the sacred Sri Dalada Maligawa, alternatively known as the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. The tooth is believed to be the left canine of Lord Buddha himself, which was recovered from his funeral pyre by one of his disciples.

The entire event consists of five different processions each bearing a particular significance. On the sixth night, the relic casket, which acts as a replacement to the sacred tooth relic, is placed on an elephant referred to as the ceremonial tusker. The procession concludes with a ceremony known as the Diya Kepeema. This is a water-cutting ceremony which held at the Mahaweli River located a short distance away from the city of Kandy. Important points in the parade are signalled by the firing of canons.

The Esala Perahera is widely regarded as an unforgettable experience and one of the most significant cultural celebrations taking place in Sri Lanka, so be sure to experience it should you get a chance.

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Sea Gypsy Boat Floating Festival November 2016 – A Traditional Festival, A Sight to Behold

Thailand is a country that is doused with colourful traditions and a rich heritage, and perhaps the most unique of all her traditions, is the Sea Gypsy Boat Floating Festival, a bi-annual event that occurs during the middle of the 6th and 11th lunar months. If you wish to witness this remarkable celebration then you are going to have to travel to Phuket Thailand, which is the only the only place the festivities occur.

Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and therefore it comes as no surprise that it has a variety of accommodation options for you to choose from, ranging from budget bed and breakfasts, to the highly sought after Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas. The island of Phuket has an economy that has come to revolve around tourism, which is no surprise since many of Thailand’s most historical attractions are located here, making it an ideal setting for the Sea Gypsy Boat Floating Festival.

The festival is traditionally referred to as ‘Loi Ruea Cho Le Festival’, and the boats in question aren’t exactly life-size versions. The festival involves people from the surrounding villages of Rawai, Sapam, Ko Si-Re and Laem La gathering together to release small decorated boats into the sea. While this takes place, the place is also lit up with singing and dancing of the traditional style known as the ‘Rong Ngeng’. The music for this dance consists of percussion and violins couples with the use of a unique Gong that made its way to Thailand from China. This entire practice takes place since the islanders consider its practice enables them to ward off evil spirits and attract times of prosperity.

The colourful boats couples with the beautiful Phuket scenery, the lively dance routines and all the other accompaniments to the festival make it a truly unique experience that should not be missed.

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Siam Niramit Show – Combining History, Culture and Tradition with Music and Dance

The city of Bangkok is visited by many with leisure in mind and a Sathorn leisure hotel is ideal in this respect as it provides a tranquil getaway from the fast paced city while being conveniently accessible. Relaxation in Bangkok comes very easy, whether it is shopping one prefers, exploring the city’s spectacular sights or opting for a dining cruise down Chao Phraya River, such as the cruise organised by Anantara Sathorn Bangkok Hotel. Such a cruise is a wonderful way to take in the Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn, and the Grand Palace for these attractions are beautifully lit up at night. Those who wish to leave the frantic pace of the world behind and immerse themselves in Thai culture can also opt for a Siam Niramit Show. Much like the beloved Water Puppet Show in Vietnam, the Siam Niramit Show combines culture and history with song and dance and makes for a memorable evening.

The Siam Niramit Show lasts around 80 minutes during which the skilled dancers decked in colourful traditional costumes, along with traditional Thai music, recount the history of the country, its traditions and beliefs while also demonstrating its cultural heritage through three acts: Journey Back into History, Journey Beyond Imagination and Journey through Joyous Festivals. The Show makes great use of new technology in terms of lights and sounds which in turn infuses the colourful performance with modernity.

The Show commences at 8pm and tickets costs between 1,500-2,000 baht. However, patrons can also opt to watch the Show with dinner, for which you must pay a little extra, but which will complement the experience immensely. Enjoy the delicious Thai cuisine before you immerse yourself in the fantastic traditions, culture and history of the former Kingdom of Siam at the Siam Niramit Show in Bangkok.

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National Day Celebrations Singapore -Celebrating an Independent Nation

Singapore celebrates its National Day on the 9th of August with a magnificent colourful parade to commemorate the Independence gained after its separation from Malaysia in 1965. The tumultuous road to Singapore’s independence is theatrically and beautifully display in the parade which forms as a narrative. For those looking for a comfortable Singapore luxury serviced apartments to stay in while celebrating this exhilarating National day with the locals, Ascott Raffles Palace Singapore is one of the options that travellers could choose from as it is centrally located to the venue of the ceremony.

The 51st Singaporean National Day Celebrations will be centred on the theme ‘Building Our Singapore of Tomorrow’, which aims to unite Singaporeans to create the next chapter of their great nation. Prior to the Parade, a pre parade will entertain the audience with a myriad of mass displays, choir performances, school band displays and other performances. The pre parade is also a chance for the hosts to lead and rehearse with the audience actions which may be required when the parade begins. The Parade will feature of displays from Military parades, multi-cultural song and dance performances and aerial high jink and many others. The celebrations held at the National Stadium will take part in a series of six Acts, which feature; a prologue, Badang and the Singapore Stone, Four Civilisations, Dare to Dream, Ingenuity, Building our Singapore of Tomorrow, Our Home Our People and finally the Finale.

The segment before the Finale will feature over 150 special needs participants singing What a Wonderful World as other participants create a colourful display of varying images of hand painted artwork from the students of the TOUCH Community Services. The official ceremony of the celebrations will conclude with participants reciting the pledge and singing the national anthem followed by a mesmerising display of fireworks that sets the bubbling Singaporean skyline on fire.

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Traditional Chinese Wedding Rituals – The Three Letters and Six Etiquettes

In any culture, the institution of marriage is shrouded in traditions, customs, and practices. Although there is a trend at present to keep things minimum and elegant with respect to marriage ceremonies and practices, it is fair to say that in most parts of the world marriage is an aspect of social life that is governed by many traditions and rituals. This is especially true of China, where the rich heritage of the nation has endowed weddings with traditions and rituals galore.

Although the rituals and traditions vary to some degree from location to location in China, there are certain rituals and customs that have remained, more or less, the same, even for a wedding in Guiyang. These particular rituals are what is known as the Three Letters; the betrothal letter, the letter gift, and the wedding letter, and the Six Etiquettes; the proposal, the birthdates, the bride-price, the wedding gifts, the arranging of dates, and the ceremony. In ancient times it was customary that these were followed, however, these practices are common even today and even wedding packages of hotels such Anantara Guiyang Resort respect them.
As per the Six Etiquettes, the wedding starts off with the proposal where the male’s parents would be introduced to their daughter-in-law with a matchmaker, who oversees the betrothal. Next, the matchmaker would check the to- be- wed’s birthdates in accordance with the 8 cyclic characters of Chinese superstitions. Following this, bride’s family sends, through the matchmaker, a letter of betrothal, along with various gifts as the bride price. To which, in turn, the groom’s family sends gifts to the family of the bride in for form of wedding gifts. Here, letters of gifts are exchanged as well. Thereafter, the parties plan the wedding day, by picking an auspicious date so that the couple has good fortune. And finally, the wedding ceremony itself, with smaller rituals such as wedding processions, banquets, and customary music, where the last letter, the wedding letter, is given by the groom to the bride’s family.

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