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Video reunions, closed cemeteries: Coronavirus upends South Korean festival Chuseok

September 29, 2020 12:54 PM

WANJU, South Korea (AFP) - Sitting in her tiny home, 83-year-old Moon Haeng-ja is struggling to master a new skill as the coronavirus pandemic plays havoc with South Korea's harvest celebrations: making video calls.

Cases linked to Jakarta residents who travelled before exodus ban

May 10, 2020 5:00 AM

Indonesia's enforcement of its ban on the annual Hari Raya Idul Fitri exodus is taking on added significance as a number of Covid-19 transmissions have been linked to those who travelled home earlier.

Sri Lanka Catholic Church forgives 2019 Easter suicide bombers

April 12, 2020 4:06 PM

COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Roman Catholic Church said on Sunday (April 12) it had forgiven the suicide bombers behind the attacks that killed at least 279 people last Easter.

Fishing for a harvest feast

January 16, 2020 5:00 AM

Villagers taking part in a community fishing event on Goroimari Lake, some 50km from Guwahati, the capital of the north-east Indian state of Assam, on Tuesday, ahead of Bhogali Bihu harvest celebrations.

Mass snow wedding and crystal towers at China's ice fest

January 06, 2020 10:02 PM

HARBIN (AFP) - China's annual ice festival in Harbin has kicked off with couples lining up for a snow-themed mass wedding, swimmers braving frigid waters and frozen palaces rising from the ground.

Jumbo-sized Christmas cheer for Thai pupils

December 24, 2019 5:00 AM

Elephants dressed as Santa Claus gave out presents and candy to pupils in Thailand yesterday in an annual Christmas tradition in the mostly Buddhist country.

Dragons and wizards fired up at Myanmar rocket festival

May 01, 2019 1:50 PM

NANTAR, MYANMAR (AFP) - Clad in elaborate headdresses representing dragons and wizards, Myanmar's ethnic Pa'O fire huge, homemade rockets into the sky - an annual call for plentiful rains and a chance for a windfall of cash.

Excitement and fun in Indonesia's democracy fiesta

April 18, 2019 5:00 AM

It looked like a haunted house straight out of an amusement park: Blood-stained sheets, makeshift graves and rows of ghastly faces painted white.

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