September 2015

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Make The Most Of Your Nights In Hong Kong

Forget about the busy executives that you meet in boardrooms all day. Forget about the well knotted employees running up and down trying to make Asia work right from 22 storey sky scrapers. Forget about their very serious faces as they make presentations to investors. Wait until you happen to meet them at night. Then you will know that Hong Kong is not just worked; it is also play and they do know what playing means.

Night life in Hong Kong sis something you have to see to believe. This supposedly purely administrative city is also the place where you can find the most fun at night. And when we talk of fun, we don’t mean it as a joke. If you need to have real fun, do not hesitate to go get a taste of Hong Kong. Night life is visibly bubbly and can be noisy too.Wan Chai

In Hong Kong, a night out could be anything from relaxing with friends at a quiet lounge or being pounded with loud music at some noisy night club. A popular place for those who love to go out at night is the Wan Chan with its many bars and restaurants. Central may have overtaken this area as the happening place at night but it still visited by many at night. While other areas are looking to close for the night that is when live starts at Wan Chai

Symphony of lightsAh! This is one you will not forget so soon. When in Hong Kong take time to visit the symphony of lights and watch as lights dance o music. This lightshow that is considered to be the largest by the Guinness Book of Records combine lights and music on 45 buildings that span the Island and Kowloon area.

Temple street night marketWhoever said shopping only had to take place at night? That person was very wrong. In Hong Kong we do nights and you will be surprised at how busy the night market is. When you wan cheap goods and fake designers, then just go to Temple street market you will get them.

Causeway BayIf you are looking to spend a quiet evening with friend at a rooftop bar, then causeway bay is where you should be heading to as the night falls. While you should not expect to find any of the late night clubs that you are most likely to find in central, there are still interesting local bars in the area.As you can see, Hong Kong is not only about Asian financial markets and all that business and administrative stuff. You can also find a lot to do after office hours. Do not hesitate to go explore all of what this beautiful city has to offer.

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Indian Wedding Ceremonies –What You Need To Know

Indian weddings are known for their colorfulness and grandiosity. They include a whole load of traditions which both meaningful and fun. This article is limited to the traditions of North Indian Hindu wedding ceremonies since Indian weddings last for weeks and thus it is impossible to cover them all. Below are some of the prominent and compulsory wedding rituals followed by North Indians.

The Wedding Attire

If you have seen an Indian bride, then you might understand why the wedding attire needs a paragraph of its own. Brides wear either a sari or a lehenga, which is designed with silver or gold embroidery. The color of the bride’s attire is usually red, since it represents fertility and prosperity. The bride also wears many expensive ornaments and accessories. In some states, this includes a veil as well.

Pre-wedding Ceremonies 

Haldi is a holy bath in which married women apply turmeric (Haldi), water and oil on both the bride and the groom. During the Mehendi ceremony, the bride’s legs hands and feet are covered with beautiful henna designs. It is believed that the deeper the color of the henna the stronger the groom’s love is. The ‘Sageet’ is a function of entertainment in which the bride’s side dances for wedding ceremony music. The main purpose of this tradition is for the member of both families to be familiar with each other.

The Wedding Ceremony

It is usually held at the bride’s home, a temple or in a wedding hall. The groom is usually arrives at the venue one back of a horse or elephant. The bride and groom exchange garlands. It is said that whoever puts the garland first will have more control over their partner in their marriage life. These are followed by various religious customs and rituals performed to wedding ceremony music performed by traditional Indian music instruments. After what it feels like a century, the groom ties the mangalasurtam, which officially makes them a married couple.

Post-Wedding Ceremonies

No. It ain’t over yet! The bride is sometimes carried in a doli (palanquin) to the groom’s house. Before entering her new home, the couple is greeted with Aarthi to cast out all evil eyes and spirits. Then the bride topples a pot of rice (kalash) with her right leg. This is done to bring hope and positivity to the house along with the bride.

Though following and completing all these rituals and customs may sound extremely tiresome and maybe boring, these traditions are actually filled with color, vibrancy and fun.