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Wednesday 15th June 2011

Duanwu Festival – Dragon Boat Festival in China

This month saw the annual Duanwu festival take place in China and many other East Asian countries, such as Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.This festival commemorates the death of ancient poet Qu Yuan. At this time in Beijing locals eat zongzi (bamboo-wrapped rice dumplings) and watch vibrant dragon boat races on nearby lakes, such as Qinglong... Read More

Thursday 14th April 2011

Another Red Festival? Takayama Matsuri!

Today is the Takayama Matsuri in Japan! Spring Festival to you and me, but no less exciting!This festival is all about celebrating the coming of Spring and praying for a good harvest. The festivals are famous for the large ornate floats, or yatai, which roam around the city at night. The floats date back to... Read More

Wednesday 13th April 2011

Songkran Days Festival – Thailand

Songkran Days starts today in Thailand! This is celebrated as the traditional New Year’s Day from 13 to 15 April. It coincides with the New Year of many calendars of South and Southeast Asia. The most obvious celebration of Songkran is the throwing of water. Thais roam the streets with containers of water or water... Read More

Friday 8th April 2011

Hanamatsuri – Japanese Flower Festival

Today is the Japanese Flower Festival in Japan, also known as Hanamatsuri. This festival is in celebration of the Buddha’s Birthday.According to Buddhist tradition, Prince Siddhartha Gautama (Sakyamuni Buddha), the son of King Suddohana and Queen Maya, was born on 8 April 566 B.C. in the garden of Lumbini, in Nepal. On this day, in... Read More

Wednesday 6th April 2011

National Tartan Day in the US of A!!

Only back in 2005 did the U.S. House of Representatives pass H.R. 41 recognizing National Tartan Day, but since that day Americans of Scottish descent have got out the tartans to celebrate their heritage! Its’ not just the Americans doing it though, it was first originated by the Canadians back in 1986! Scottish Americans have played a... Read More

Tuesday 5th April 2011

Qingming Festival – China, Taiwan, Hong Kong.

Today is the Qing Ming Festival in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.This festival celebrates Spring and more importantly the appreciation of their departed ones. During this festival people tend to the headstones and tombs of loved ones with a ‘spring clean’.Sweeping, tidying and decorating whilst paying respects take place on this day as well as offering... Read More

Wednesday 16th March 2011

Las Fallas Festival – Lighting Up The Sky In Valencia

If setting things on fire and basking in it’s radiant glory (in a none crazy sense) is your thing, then head over to Valencia in Spain now! The Fallas de Valencia Festival is taking place between 15 – 19th March. Las Fallas is undoubtedly one of the most unique and crazy festivals in Spain. Then... Read More

Tuesday 15th March 2011

Today is the Paro Tsechu Festival in Bhutan

Paro Tsechu Festival is one of the biggest events in Bhutan. It is held to honour Guru Rinpoche, who spread tantric Buddhism, that is practiced all over the Himalayas (often called Tibetan Buddhism). This event could not go unnoticed by us at Red Candy, purely due to the amount of red that is used during the... Read More

Thursday 10th March 2011

Omizutori – March is the Water-Drawing Festival in Japan

Omizutori is a festival that takes place March 1st – 14th at the Todai-Ji Temple, Nara, Japan. The ceremony is to cleanse people of their sins and to usher in the Spring of the New Year. It dates back 1,000 years and consists of Buddhist priests drawing up healing waters and waving burning pine torches... Read More

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