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21/06/2019

Yoga Day: Thousands of Indians celebrate the day

Indian yoga practitioners participate in a mass yoga session on International Yoga Day in New Delhi on June 21, 2019.Image copyright GETTY IMAGES

Indians across the country celebrated the fifth international yoga day on Friday.

Temperatures are soaring in many cities, including the capital Delhi, but that didn’t stop people from gathering outdoors and stretching and bending their way through at least an hour of yoga.

And everyone joined in – even the dog unit of the Indian army!

Dogs doing yoga with Indian armyImage copyright @SPOKESPERSONMOD/TWITTER

The Indo-Tibetan border police – and their dogs and horses – were not about to be outdone. They practised what they called yoga, doga and hoga.

And they were luckier than many of their counterparts – they got to practise their yoga in cooler climes, along India’s scenic Himalayan border.

Dogs and horses doing yoga alongside Indo-Tibetan border policeImage copyrightI TBPOFFICIAL

Among those who did yoga in more hostile climates were the armed forces on board the naval aircraft carrier INS Viraat which is docked off the coastline of sweltering Mumbai city.

Indian Armed Forces personnel take part in a yoga sesssion to mark International Yoga Day on the Indian Navy aircraft carrier INS Viraat anchored at the Mumbai harbour on June 21, 2017Image copyright GETTY IMAGES

In Gujarat, the soldiers got a little more creative with their yoga.

Source: The BBC

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06/06/2019

People celebrate upcoming Dragon Boat Festival across China

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Participants perform land boating in Huixingu resort in Miaoshan Village of Miaoxi Township, Huzhou City, east China’s Zhejiang Province, June 6, 2019. Various activities have been held to celebrate the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival, or Duanwu, which falls on June 7 this year. (Xinhua/Huang Zongzhi)

Source: Xinhua

10/02/2019

Ancient northern town welcomes overseas students to celebrate Chinese New Year

TAIYUAN, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) — More than 100 overseas students have been invited to an ancient town in north China’s Shanxi Province to join celebrations for Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), which falls on Feb. 5.

“An opening Pingyao welcomes you” is the celebration of the ancient town of Pingyao, running from Jan. 28 to Feb. 20. More than 100 students across the world participated in the opening ceremony on Jan. 28.

The students took part in celebrations, watching traditional performances, such as opera, acrobatics and magic shows, joining in the Spring Festival Gala, lantern shows, cultural exhibitions, and learning about the local customs.

Farhad Farzad, an Afghan student studying Chinese in a university in the city of Taiyuan, Shanxi’s capital, said it was the first time for him to celebrate Spring Festival. He wrote “happy new year” in Chinese with a writing brush.

Chisom Nwosu, from Nigeria, said that the festival atmosphere in Pingyao was jubilant and the performances were great. It was her chance to gain a better understanding of traditional Chinese folk culture.

Pingyao became a UNESCO world cultural heritage in 1997. It is famous for its well-preserved ancient city walls.

In the 1980s, there were rarely foreign visitors in Pingyao. However, the figure soared to 115,000 last year. The ancient town has received more than 1.5 million foreign tourists since 1997.

Source: Xinhua