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Home to a remarkable diversity of ethnic groups, Vietnam celebrates a range of traditional and culture-based festivals annually. Influenced by the Chinese Lunar calendar, most of these events are held during a certain time of the year. Tet Nguyen Dan Internationally acclaimed as the Vietnam Lunar New Year, Tet Nguyen Dan is a must for those who are on the lookout for things to do in Mui Ne, a beach resort settlement nestling along the sea in Southeastern Vietnam. Held to honour the gods for bringing spring and in appreciation of one’s forefathers, the Tet Nguyen Dan festival is held between late January and mid-February every year. Tet Trung Thu  Vietnam’s colourful mid-autumn festival, nicknamed the “Moon Festival”, falls on a day within a month …

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The Songkran Festival, also known as the Thai New Year, is a vibrant and joyous celebration deeply rooted in Thai culture and tradition. Held annually from April 13th to 15th, this auspicious occasion marks the beginning of the traditional Thai solar calendar. It is a time of renewal, purification, and the welcoming of fresh beginnings. Throughout Thailand, streets come alive with spirited water fights, elaborate parades, and colourful ceremonies that pay homage to Buddhism and Thai customs. The Festival and Symbolism The term “Songkran” in Thai signifies ‘to move’ or ‘movement’ and the Songkran Festival is determined by the transition of the sun from one zodiac position, Pisces, to another position, Aries. Also referred to as the Water Splashing Festival, it holds significance as the …

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Over the years, as the Sultans of Oman have had a passion for music, it has been carefully preserved. It is also an essential aspect of Omani culture. History of Omani Music If staying at a property such as the Oman Hotels take the time to visit the Oman Centre for Traditional Music. This is a great place to learn the history of Omani music. Furthermore, as Oman’s ancient melodies were composed anonymously their intellectual property rights are open to the public. Thus, it is easy to listen to these songs and also easy for anyone to perform them. Culture of Omani Music If staying at one of the Oman Hotels you would have had a chance to listen to Omani music. It would have …

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Step into the enchanting realm of Hua Hin, where the spirit of celebration fills the air year-round. From tantalising food festivals to soul-stirring jazz performances, Hua Hin offers a delightful array of cultural experiences that promise to captivate and delight. Hua Hin Food Festival Indulge your taste buds in a culinary extravaganza at the Hua Hin Food Festival, a gastronomic delight held every November. From delectable dishes served by renowned restaurants to lively night bazaars brimming with fresh seafood stalls, this festival is a feast for the senses. Hua Hin Jazz Festival Groove to the smooth sounds of jazz against the backdrop of sandy shores at the Hua Hin Jazz Festival. Taking place in June, this musical extravaganza features acclaimed jazz musicians from around the …

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When planning a visit to Oman, make sure to plan your trip around the festivals of Oman. These are not to be missed and are a true reflection of Omani culture. Sultan Camel Race Cup If you are staying at a property such as the Al Falaj Hotel in the summer, then make sure to witness one of the oldest Arab sports – Camel Racing. Taking place at the Royal Cavalry track at Al Felaij, camels especially trained for racing compete during this festival. Salalah Festival Beginning in mid-July, this festival goes on until late August. As this festival occurs during the monsoon season, the city of Salalah is cool and full of greenery. In addition to hosting cultural shows, games and circuses, one would also …

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Singapore is a multicultural city where “East meets West” in a splendid fashion. It has many areas divided by the ethnicity of the people such as Chinatown and Little India and the country has four official languages. Therefore, you will always come across many festivals and celebrations of all kinds. Buddhist Festivals The main Buddhist holiday that is celebrated is Vesak Day in May and it marks the enlightenment and death of the Buddha. On this day you will find many devotees visiting the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple to light many lamps and lanterns and offer fresh fragrant flowers. You will best be able to witness this beautiful site by staying at an accommodation such as Hotel 81 Cosy, which is one of the most affordable …

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