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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.

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.

Thai new year splashes in with water fights, raves

April 13, 2019 5:58 PM

BANGKOK (AFP) - Water-spraying elephants, raves and boisterous, street-blocking water fights - Thailand's Buddhist new year arrived with a splash on Saturday (April 13), a once calm festival now celebrated with a more raucous edge.

As drought bites, Thai cities urged to rein in festive water fights

April 12, 2019 8:31 AM

BANGKOK (THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION) - A worsening drought in parts of Thailand has prompted monks and conservationists to appeal to city dwellers to temper traditional New Year celebrations, which are marked by people throwing large quantities of water at each other in the streets.

Durians, luxury yachts among new paper offerings for Qing Ming festival

March 29, 2019 3:09 PM

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Now durian-lovers can 'enjoy' the king of fruits even in the netherworld.

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