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Lunar New Year in Asia

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It goes by many names in Asia (Tet, Chinese New Year, Losar, Spring Festival) but the Lunar New Year may be the biggest holiday in the world. Each country in Asia has made it uniquely their own. But no matter what it's always about food and family.
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A girl and her younger brother sell paper candle boats during the Tet New Year celebrations in Hoi An, Vietnam. After purchasing these boats, a wish is made for the new year and the boat is released into the Thu Bon River.
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42 Đường Phan Bội Châu, Cẩm Châu, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
I used to call Hoi An "The Venice of Vietnam" as its narrow streets and colorful houses remind me of Venice. The city is well-known for its lanterns. Highly recommended to stop by for few days, here in the center of Vietnam.
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Singapore
Yu Sheng Salad is the seasonal noodle salad enjoyed in Singapore for Chinese New Year. Everyone digs in with their chopsticks and it's shared! Yum! During the holiday season you can find this in any grocery store in Singapore.
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Singapore
The first and most important thing to know about Chinese New Year in Singapore is that oranges...are important! You will see oranges everywhere—always in groups of two, never alone. When you hand them to someone, you must always hand them over...
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181 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427452
If you're doing some soul searching in Singapore, come to Katong, an East Coast community full of character and characters. Easties grow up here and never leave (those who do spend the rest of their lives pining for the laid-back,...
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Singapore
During Chinese New Year in Singapore you often hear the sound of drums. Drums are everywhere—in the neighborhood, in the mall, at the grocery store, at your favorite restaurant…it’s a constant ringing in your ears. With the drums come the lions—...
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Đồng Khởi, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
To know Saigon is to know the traffic and the madness that it is as compared to the rest of the civilized world. Every aspect of moving around the city by foot, motorbike, or taxi is made more complex by the whistling wheels of the common Honda...
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Phố Xuân Viên Huyện Sa Pa, Bản Hồ, Sa Pa, Lào Cai, Vietnam
Visiting the village, we were invited to join this group of Hmong women as they prepared their houses for the new year. We sat with them around their fire as they fried sticky rice pancakes on the giant wok like pan. They were just wonderful and...
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2365 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Smack in the middle of Waikiki’s perennial party, the Moana Surfrider has elegant old bones and the bustle of a big-city hotel. On any given day, the Victorian-era lobby is full of young Japanese brides and grooms, trailed by their...
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Shirakawa, Ono District, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
Celebrated my birthday at the Matsuri in the old town of Takayama. It is the annual festival of the Hie Shrine in the southern half of Takayama. This is an image I took at the ryokan we were staying at during our stay there. The people from the...
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Banasthali, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
The morning before Losar, at Denchek Phuntsok Jargye Ling Monastery, young monks and initiates donned traditional costumes to observe centuries long rituals. As boys somersaulted and twirled, a small intimate crowd of Tibetans cheered. They have...
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Seoul, South Korea
Korea’s traditional costume is called hanbok, which just means “Korean clothing.” These vibrant dresses and pantsuits—characterized by loose, flowing lines—were primarily worn during the Joseon Dynasty for ceremonial occasions. Nowadays, however,...