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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year falls between the 21st January and the 20th February, and is the longest running festival in the Chinese Calendar. Small scale celebrations began c.2300BCE during the Neolithic, but it was not until the Shang Dynasty (c.1600-1050BCE) that New Years celebrations became a part of the year end religious ceremony. During the Han Dynasty (c.206-220BCE) New Yea...
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Be My Valentine

Valentines History
With approximately 62% of the worlds population celebrating Valentine's Day, it is no wonder it's the second highest celebrated holiday in the world. But where did it all start? Valentine's Day, or St. Valentine's Day, can be traced back to the Ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, held from 13th to the 15th of February, to avert evil spirits and purify the city and promote ...
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The Undara Experience

The Undara Experience
I visited Undara during a geological field trip a few years back. I had no idea what to expect because I had never even heard of them before - how had I not?! Obviously I googled before I went and I learned that it was the largest known lava tube system in Australia; spanning over 90km to the north and over 160km the the northwest of the original volcano. WOAH! Needless to ...
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Why I Don’t CELEBRATE Australia Day

Aus Day
It is nearly time for another Australia Day and all the celebrations that go with it. Contemporary Australia Day is a reflection on the diverse society and landscape of the nation, and is marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards, and citizenship ceremonies welcoming people in to the Australian community. I love Austra...
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Showing Courtesy at World Heritage Sites

World Heritage Site Etiquette
Every World Heritage site you visit will have general rules for your behaviour whilst visiting the site, but what is culturally appropriate and what is not? Respect Behaving appropriately at any World Heritage site all boils down to respect. Respect of the place and respect of the peoples. High levels of visitation, recreational activities, illegal activities and delibera...
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