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Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival 2013

Boat Races in

The Inle Lake Region of Burma is not only aesthetically compelling, it is also historically important. The lake is the site of the deeply revered Buddhist site Phaung Daw Oo (variantly Hpaung Daw U) Pagoda which houses five gilded images of Buddha of different sizes that are no longer discernible …

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Singapore Night Festival 2013

Red light district? No, it's the National Museum of Singapore (Photo by Miguel Vieira)

For a compact country, Singapore is a cultural haven jam-packed with things to do day and night. To give credence to the fact that there’s more – plenty more – to Singapore from sundown to sun-up, the Singapore Night Festival was conceived. An artistic extravaganza that comes alive after-hours, the …

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Singapore River Festival 2013

The Read Bridge glows after dark (Photo by Choo Yut Shing)

About 200 years ago, the Singapore River started as a trading post that opened up not only this small city-state but the entire region to trade with the rest of the world. The establishment of Singapore as a logistics hub started way back when Sir Stamford Raffles realized the importance …

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Constitution Day 2016

The Democracy Monument in the center of Bangkok

Only a few monarchies today have remained absolute, with all the powers vested in the reigning king or queen. The concentration of political power from one ruler has transitioned to a group of advisers or a council, and this was what happened to Thailand on December 10, 1932. People Power …

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Christmas 2013: A True International Holiday

Christmas Blooms in Singapore (Photo by summer photo hobby)

Christmas is one of the world’s most recognizable and celebrated holidays. Countries and cultures all over the world prepare for this time of the year and celebrate with much pomp and revelry. It is one of the holidays which have both religious and secular roots. Every year, Christmas falls on …

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The King’s Birthday 2013

The much revered King of Thailand (Photo by SeaDave)

Rama IX, popularly known as King Bhumibol Adulyadej, is the world’s longest-reigning monarch. His Majesty came to the throne on June 9, 1946, while still finishing his studies in Switzerland. It was there that he met his future wife, Queen Sirikit, equally the world’s longest-serving consort. As the descendant of …

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Chulalongkorn Day 2013

Statue of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), seated, alongside King Vajiravudh (Rama VI), standing, in the grounds of Chulalongkorn University

Thai monarchs are revered by their people because of their great contributions to the development of the nation. King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) was one of those monarchs who opened up the country to Western thought, having been tutored by a British-Indian governess named Anna Leonowens whose life was the basis …

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Mwaka Kogwa 2013


When is bashing your neighbor a good way to start the year? Unless you are from south Zanzibar, then you probably would end up in jail hitting someone hard with a banana stalk as an expression of taking out grudges and starting the year on a clean slate. Americans are …

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Boryeong Mud Festival 2013

In most parts of the world, summer means beach. White beach. And blue waters. But in Boryeong, 200 kilometers south of Seoul, summer means mud, the biggest mud festival there ever is in Asia. Mud madness this year starts on July 19 and concludes on July 28. It’s a Mud …

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UAE Public Holidays Schedule 2013


One look at the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, and one gets a sense of ambition that wants to outdo the pyramids of Giza, the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State. Dubai, where this lofty building rises and taunts the sky, has fully embraced the influence of Western commerce in …

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