Australia's biggest city was Wednesday preparing to lead the world in welcoming the New Year with spectacular fireworks over Sydney Harbour, defying terrorist fears days after a deadly siege. From Hong Kong to London and New York to Rio, millions around the world will celebrate when the clock ticks past midnight, ringing in 2015 with massive fireworks displays, concerts and light shows. In Sydney, rocked by deadly drama just before Christmas when an Iranian-born gunman with a history of violence and extremism took 17 hostages in the city's financial hub, tonnes of fireworks will explode over the harbour. Up to 1.6 million people are expected to attend. Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the two hostages who died -- cafe manager Tori Johnson and barrister Katrina Dawson -- would be remembered with floral tributes on the pylons of the Harbour Bridge. "We are celebrating that we are a multicultural, harmonious community but we will be thinking about what happened," she said. In the … [Read more...] about Sydney spectacular to set off global New Year celebrations
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Several expats living in Ho Chi Minh City have shared their stories about Christmas celebrations with Tuoi Tre News as the holiday nears. My husband and I have been living in Vietnam for over six years, and I've celebrated four memorable Christmases and New Year's holidays in Ho Chi Minh City. I remember my first Christmas in Vietnam. It was December 24, 2008 and Vietnam had just won the AFF Championship. Most of Le Duan Street and the area surrounding the Notre Dame Cathedral had thousands of motorbikes with fans cheering and waving Vietnamese flags. Then, just before midnight, there was a wave of silence. It was really cool to see a mass of people become so quiet that you could hear a pin drop. The weather in the city during December is similar to the weather in my hometown most of the year. This year, a small group of friends and I will have Christmas Eve dinner at Saffron restaurant. We're also doing a fun Secret Santa gift exchange. We have a big Christmas tree at our … [Read more...] about That’s how they celebrate Christmas, how about you?
The Christmas season might be famous for carols and colored lights where you're from, but it's also the perfect time to experience new destinations and check out their holiday customs as well. From the jazz music and Nativity parades of New Orleans, to the Santa hats and sandy beaches of Australia, there's no better opportunity than Christmas to try seeing the holiday season in a brand new light. Online travel adviser Hotwire.com (www.hotwire.com) has compiled a list of its Top 10 most festive destinations for this year's holiday season. Reuters has not endorsed this list: 1. San Juan, Puerto Rico There are only twelve days of Christmas, right? Not in Puerto Rico. This U.S. commonwealth begins its celebrations the day after Thanksgiving and keeps the Yuletide spirit flowing until the feast of the three kings on January 6. During the six-week-long festivity, visitors can enjoy the Christmas decorations seen at homes, businesses and throughout the streets. While you're there, … [Read more...] about Top ten Christmas destinations
As Hanoi celebrates its 1,000th birthday, Clifford Coonan visits a city that offers an appealing mixture of gritty Vietnamese street life and relaxed post-colonial ease. Turning a corner in Hanoi, you come across a crowd of lively old men sitting outside the cafe, a small basket of brioches and a plate of stringy cheese in front of them as they discuss the latest developments in the capital over cafés au lait , their conversation punctuated by the parps and beeps of cyclos - or cycle rickshaws - and Hondas zipping by. You have to check your watch to make sure you're in the right time zone, the right continent or even the right point in history. The coffee they drink is Vietnamese - brewed French style, of course - but the jackfruit and mango they chew on set this scene apart from anything you will see in France. This is definitely Asia. It's an arresting moment, typical in the Vietnamese capital, which is celebrating its 1,000th birthday this year and manages to retain its … [Read more...] about Good morning Vietnam
Brothers touch bronze at circus festival Performer Giang Quoc Co and his brother Giang Quoc Nghiep have won a bronze at the 13th Latina International Circus Festival in Italy with their “Power of the Arms”. The two artists, 27 and 22, also received auxiliary awards from circus producers Monte Carlo and Cirque du Soleil. They had received a golden prize at the 2010 International Circus Festival in Vietnam and Grand Prix prize and Audience Award at the 2011 International Summer Circus Festival in Cuba. They will take part in an international circus festival in China, then perform in Germany, the Netherlands and France. 12 national records set in Ba Ria - Vung Tau The Vietnam Record Book Centre (Vietkings) on October 20 unveiled 12 Vietnamese records set in Ba Ria - Vung Tau province. This is a result of the search for Vietnamese records that have been broken since 2009. These new records include: Vietnam’s first tourism city in Vung Tau; the first and biggest … [Read more...] about ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 21/10