Traditional Bali Food Fight – Get Set, Ready, Rice!

Tipat War is one of the most popular, traditional food fights in Bali. This is an annual event hosted in the village of Kapal.

When is it

This is a joyful event held in the fourth month of the Balinese calendar, which usually falls on September and October. Accommodation for participants are available in any Seminyak resort in Bali . Visitors may pick budget or luxury hotels based on their convenience, options include Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort.

What is it?

This is an event when the village’s throw rice cakes at each other to celebrate the rice harvest every year. This is in fact considered one of the biggest traditional food fights in the world.

How it starts

The local men in the village would gather to the village temple to pay homage to the gods for a bountiful harvest. After the prayers everyone will collect to the temple courtyard for the first rice cake fight.

Tipat war

The first fight is a mild warmup for the main event. Participants would divide into two groups and start throwing Tipat at each other. Tipat is a cooked rice wrapped in coconut leaves. The actual war usually take place in the village streets.

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The Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Celebrating the Cruel-Free Lifestyle

If you agree with the great Einstein that “nothing will benefit health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as the evolution to a vegetarian diet”, then the Phuket Vegetarian Festival is perfect for you!

What’s it About?

Just as the name suggests, the Phuket Vegetarian Festival is all about celebrating vegetarianism. It originates from the belief of the Chinese community that abstaining from meat and other stimulants in the time of the 9th lunar month in the Chinese calendar, gives good health and peace of mind.

When is it?

The event takes place from the 20th to the 28th of October at some of Phuket’s major shrines like Put Jaw, Bang Niew, Jui Tui, Kathu, and Cherng Talay Shrine. There are many Phuket luxury hotels the likes of Anantara Layan Phuket Resort who’ll be able to arrange excursions to these locations for you.

Not For the Faint Hearted

If you faint at the sight of cuts and bruises, then you might wanna stay at the hotel. Why? Because in the processions held at the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, many participants perform daring and gruesome acts such as body piercing and fire walking. You’ll see some men and women puncturing their cheeks with skewers and knives in the belief that doing so they will be protected by Chinese gods.

Feast on Delicious, Cruelty-Free Food

A vegetarian festival needs to have vegetarian food right? The Phuket Vegetarian Festival has so much delicious and cruelty-free food for you try out made from soybean and protein substitutes. When you visit the shrines, keep an eye out for yellow flags with red Thai or Chinese characters to find the food stalls.

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All About Bali Vegan Festival – For the Love of Earth!

Vegans and Vegans to be – head over to the Bali Vegan Festival, where you can enjoy the life of a vegan while celebrating the environment, the earth and animals.

Vegans unite!

The festival aims to bring together entertainers, environmentalists, healers and yoga teachers, vegan chefs and lifestyle advisers from around the world.

Celebrate good times

C’mon! The Bali Vegan Festival is a celebration of mother earth. It will celebrate everything that cruelty free and spread awareness for having compassion and love to the earth and its animals.

When?

The festival is set to commence from the 6th of October and last till 8th October 2017. The festival starts at 8 am. Come here early if you want to get the best view of the performances and taste the delectable vegan dishes.

Where?

The festival will take place at Paradiso Ubud, which is located off Jalan Hanoman in Ubud near the Earth Café and Market. Paradiso hosts musical concerts, themed festivals, workshops, art exhibitions etc. There are plenty of family friendly activities too, to get everyone involved.

Stay

If you want to be a part of this festival, there are a number of Bali resorts to choose from, especially at properties such as Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort.

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Arcade Independence Square – A Colourful Past, A Cosmopolitan Present

Arcade Independance Square

Arcade Independance Square,Nazly Ahmed, (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Amongst the many landmarks often visited by locals and tourists alike, the famous shopping precinct, Arcade Independence Square has a history that is quite intriguing.

A Building with an interesting history

The Arcade Independence Square is housed in the former Jawatte Lunatic Asylum along with several other buildings renovated as a part of the Independence Square Redevelopment Programme undertaken by the government at the time.

As the years went by…

The Jawatta Lunatic Asylum was built under the guidance of the then British Governor, Sir William Gregory in order to replace the existing asylum in Borella. The building consisted of two wings accommodating around 400 patients. Later the occupancy of the building was taken over by several government institutions including the Sri Lankan Broadcasting Corporation and the Auditor General’s Department.

Getting to Arcade Independence Square

The arcade is located in the heart of Colombo. Found a few minutes away from ongoing projects such as Capitol TwinPeaks that targets many looking for a luxury apartment in Colombo, the Arcade is a hard-to-miss landmark.

What to look forward to when at the Arcade

Take a stroll along the carefully manicured shrubs and step inside the time capsule that is the Arcade building. The wooden floors and the enormous staircase guarantee to take you back in time to the colonial times. The arcade features several boutiques such as Charles and Keith and Tommy Hilfiger, a theatre and many popular places to dine in.

 

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Why Bodhgaya Is a Must Visit Destination – The Most Sacred Buddhist City

The Most Sacred Buddhist City

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India is a nation that is full of heritage and has a vast selection of incredible places to visit, but one of the most significant of these is Bodh Gaya, where Lord Buddha achieved enlightenment.

History
Somewhere around 500BC, Lord Buddha discovered the Noble Eight-fold Path under a sacred bodhi-tree in Bodh Gaya. The first temple to be built on this site was under the behest of King Asoka, and resulted in the renowned Mahabodhi Temple.

Getting There and Accommodation
You can reach Gaya Airport, just 12km from Bodhgaya, through a direct flight from Kolkata. The other nearest airport is in Patna, a 3-hour drive away. If you’re looking for a hotel in Bodhgaya there are a few to be found such as Oaks Bodhgaya.

When to Visit
The pilgrimage season commences around September, and then culminates towards January. Where weather is concerned, the ideal time for a visit would be between November and February. March to May is the summer season, and the climate can get extremely hot.

Attractions
A certified UNESCO World Heritage Site and the holiest Buddhist shrine, the Mahabodhi Tempe is the most significant attraction in Bodhgaya. There are also many monasteries that were built and maintained by Buddhist countries from around the globe to be found here.

 

 

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Wonderfruit Festival -Go Bananas!

Pattaya in Thailand is world famous as a party destination. So, if you wish to let your hair down and party all night in Pattaya, you might wanna checkout the awesome Wonderfruit Festival!

 

What is it?

 

 

The Wonderfruit Festival is not what you think- ‘a festival of fruits’, it’s actually an amazing eco-friendly arts and music extravaganza that features a range of both international as well as local performances.

Even though the festival is only a few years old, it has become so popular and has appeared as one of the top events to attend when in Pattaya by many of the best entertainment blogs such as the My Entertainment Hub. The Wonderfruit Festival is a bit similar to the Woodstock festival in USA or Glastonbury in the UK with the main focus being on music.

 

When is It?

The Wondefruit Festival features three days of amazing music, entertainment, art and lot and lots of fun! The venue is always at the The Fields at Siam Country Club in Pattaya. This year the festival the festival took place from the 16th to the 19th of February 2017.

So if you’re interested in taking part next year visit the official site of the festival and book your tickets now itself! A full pass for an adult will cost 5,500 baht while for teenagers

  • A full pass for an adult will cost 5,500 baht
  • For teenagers its 4,000 baht.
  • For children under the age of 12, it’s completely free.

 

Speaking of Children, did we mention that the festival is Family-Friendly?

You heard it right! Unlike most of the Pattaya’s part events, the Wonderfruit Festival is open for all ages. It’s so family friendly that they even have a professional nanny service! Sounds cool yeah? This is in addition to kid friendly facilities such as a “Camp Wonder”- a kid’s area, magic and puppet shows, workshops, kite-making classes and much more.

 

Food is a Big Part of the Festival

What’s a festival without food? At the Wonderfuit Festival you can feast t your heart’s content on traditional Thai street foods. There are also stalls by award-winning mixologists and chefs serving up their signature cocktails and meals.

 

Much More!

In addition to performances by local and international artists like Rudimental, Young Fathers, Zero Hero…etc.; there will also be plenty of workshops focusing on such areas like dance, group meditation, plant medicines, eco-friendly interior design, yoga, hammock weaving, and much more!

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