Posts Tagged‘lanterns’

Seegs Quarterly Jan – Mar 2017

I’ll start with my apologies for the late posting. Just chalk it up to being a full-time graduate student with very limited time on her hands, and in the free time I do have the last thing I want to be doing is writing or staring at my laptop. I said things would slow down around here, and they have, but I did still manage to have a little fun in the past few months :) Here’s what I got up to: Lunar New Year My favorite time of year – the Lunar New Year holiday – was upon us…

Welcoming the Year of the Rooster

Last year, in Taiwan, I had my first experience celebrating Chinese/Lunar New Year at the source in Asia and I learned that it is a much bigger ordeal than I’d thought. That being said, I actually found the festivities in Hong Kong to be a bit more tame than in Taipei, comparitively speaking. Hong Kong didn’t have firecrackers going off at all hours of the day and there were no incense burning constantly to ward off bad spirits. Also, Taipei was quite deserted during the holiday, while Hong Kong seemed a lot busier and more touristy. I guess for some…

Taiwan Lantern Festival

On the last (15th) day of the Chinese New Year celebrations, I went to the Taiwan Lantern Festival in Pingxi. This festival is rated as the #2 festival in the world by the Discovery Channel right alongside better known worldwide festivals like Carnevale in Rio and Oktoberfest in Munich. It’s also been recognized by Fodor’s and CNN Travel as “must do in your lifetime” festivals. After experiencing it now firsthand,  I will resolutely say that this festival should be on everyone’s bucket lists if it isn’t already. The purpose of the lanterns is to attract the good spirits and signal…

Celebrating Lunar New Year in Taiwan

I was so lucky that my arrival in Taiwan coincided with the Lunar New Year Celebrations ushering in the year of the Monkey. Everything just kind of fell together, as often the best experiences usually do. It was truly something I’ll never forget. There are 15 days of celebrations beginning on the lead up to the exact day of the Lunar New Year (New Moon) and culminating in the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the lunar cycle (Full Moon), which marks the end of the celebrations and formally begins the New Year. While I’ll run down the 15…

Here’s Why Hoi An is the Jewel of Vietnam

I’d heard more than once that Hoi An was a really great city to visit in Vietnam, and one that shouldn’t be missed. So I certainly made it a point not to miss it! What I didn’t expect, though, was that I’d fall deeply in love with Hoi An, and eventually find it extremely hard to leave. Here’s 5 reasons why Hoi An is the Jewel of Vietnam: •   Diversity of Landscape With some of the most beautiful resorts in Southeast Asia, the area surrounding Hoi An including An Bang and Cua Dai is a beach destination in its…