Last week, on the 3rd of May, was a national holiday for Buddha’s birthday. Known as Seokgatansinil 석가 탄신일 or Bucheonim Osinal 부처님 오신 날 (the day that Buddha came) in Korean, it’s a big deal here in Korea where Buddhism is the largest religious group. Celebrations normally last around a week, and begin before the big day, including the Lotus Lantern…

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At the start of May every year, the centre of Seoul lights up with beautiful paper lanterns. Yeondeunghoe 연등회, the Lotus Lantern Festival, showcases a huge range of traditional Korean paper lotus lanterns though a variety of events spread out across several days. Happily, I managed to catch a couple of them this past weekend! Yeondeunghoe is actually part of…

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During Chinese New Year in Brunei, I wore a cheongsam, a traditional Chinese dress. Having already written about the hanbok from Korea and the salwar kameez from South-Central Asia, I wanted to write about this iconic, beautiful dress with a long, long history! Cheongsam (from Cantonese), also known as qipao (pronounced chee-pow, from Mandarin), has existed for hundreds of years since the Qing…

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