How Chinese in Myanmar celebrate Chinese New Year

Originally posted on Nini's broadcast station:
Chinese New Year is not an official bank holiday in Myanmar but Chinese people normally take leave from school or work to celebrate the 2-day cerebration – the New Year Eve and the New Year Day. There are a few different types of Chinese in Myanmar – mainly Hokkien and Cantonese. But we also have some Hakka and… Continue reading How Chinese in Myanmar celebrate Chinese New Year

Travelling back in time at Jidai Matsuri

When AirAsia was having a promotion for Japan in February last year, I chose to travel in mid-October, thinking I might catch the red leaves season. Unfortunately, I was too early for the red leaves. Fortunately, I was in time for the Jidai Matsuri, a Japanese festival I have been hoping to catch for a long long time. Jidai Matsuti, or the Festival of the … Continue reading Travelling back in time at Jidai Matsuri

Video: Lion Dance during Chinese New Year

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Acrobatic Lion Dance while I was home for the lunar new year.
Before this year, I really disliked Lion Dances because the drums make my heart uncomfortable.
But this year I enjoyed it better because I thought I must *feel* the Chinese New Year. Do I make sense>?

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Celebration by accident: Feast of Saint Eulalia, Barcelona

I was in Barcelona this February for a work trip. It was the very first time I was in Europe. Before flying off, I read up on the festivals happening in the Spanish city. I was disappointed that the Feast of Saint Eulalia was on February 12 and that I would miss it by just one day. I reached the city early in the morning. … Continue reading Celebration by accident: Feast of Saint Eulalia, Barcelona