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Korean New Year – 2016

Korean New Year

Korean New Year also known as Sesu, Wondan is the first day of Korean lunar calendar. It is one of the most significant Korean holidays. The celebration lasts for three days the day before Korean New Year day, Korean New Year day itself, and the day after Korean New Year day. Korean New Year is falls on the same day as Chinese New Year. But on new moon Koreans New Year falls one day after Chinese New Year. The next New Moon occurrence of Korean will be in 2033. Many Koreans dress up in colorful traditional Korean clothing called hanbok.

Korean New Year 2016

Korean New Year 2016 will falls on Monday 8 February. It also the New year for Chinese as they also follow the same calendar what the koreans follow. It is a famous holiday for family where they planed lot of happenings to be done. The three-day holiday is used by many to return to their hometowns to visit their parents and other relatives, where they perform an ancestral ritual called charye.

Korean New Year Food

“Tteokguk” is a traditional Korean food that is eaten on the New Year. Tteokguk is a soup with sliced rice cakes.

“Jeon” is also a traditional Korean dish especially eaten on the Korea this Day. As a type of a pancake, it is likely same but to be sliced with a knife. It is ripped apart with chopsticks in the belief of making it.

Korean New Year

Korean New Year Games

Yunnori is one of the traditional games of Korea which is very popular. It is played using different types of specially designed sticks. Korean women and girls will traditionally play neolttwigi, a game of jumping on a seesaw.

What is Seollal?

Seollal is one of the most celebrated national holidays in Korea. This year, Seollal falls on January 31 of the Gregorian calendar. More than just a holiday to mark the beginning of a new year, Seollal is truly a special occasion for Korean people.

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Chinese New Year Calendar 2016

Chinese New Year Calendar

Chinese New Year is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the Chinese Calendar. It will be celebrate on 8 February 2016. Chinese New Year is observed as a public holiday in a number of countries and territories where a sizable Chinese population resides. Since Chinese New Year falls on different dates on the Gregorian calendar every year on different days of the week. The number of days for Chinese New Year Calendar varies from 3 days to 15 days, the highest number is for the United States. Here full Chinese New Year calendar is given in detail from which you can plan your holidays.

Chinese New Year Calendar

FIRST DAY OF CHINESE NEW YEAR CALENDER

First Day of Chinese New Year Calendar is for the welcoming of the deities of the heavens and earth, officially beginning at midnight. People Usually burn Crackers, bamboo sticks and honor one’s elders and families visit the oldest and most senior members of their extended families, their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.

Some families may invite alion dance troupe as a symbolic ritual to usher in the Chinese New Year as well as to evict bad spirits from the premises. Members of the family who are married also give red envelopes containing cash known as lai see or angpow.

SECOND DAY OF CHINESE NEW YEAR CALENDER

The second day of Chinese New Year Calendar, known as “beginning of the year”.  Business people of the Cantonese dialect group will hold a ‘Hoi Nin’ prayer to start their business on the 2nd day of Chinese New Year so they will be blessed with good luck and prosperity in their business for the year.

THIRD DAY OF CHINESE NEW YEAR CALENDER

The third day of Chinese New Year Calendar is known as “red mouth” Chigou, literally “red dog”, is an epithet of “the God of Blazing Wrath”. Rural villagers continue the tradition of burning paper offerings over trash fires. It is considered an unlucky day to have guests or go visiting. This is also considered a propitious day to visit the temple of the God of Wealth.

FOURTH DAY OF CHINESE NEW YEAR CALENDER

In those communities that celebrate Chinese New Year for 15 days, the fourth day is when corporate “spring dinners” kick off and business returns to normal. Other areas that have a longer Chinese New Year holiday will celebrate and welcome the gods in this day

FIFTH DAY OF CHINESE NEW YEAR CALENDER

Fifth day of Chinese New Year Calendar is the god of Wealth’s birthday. It is also common in China that on the 5th day people will shoot off firecrackers to get Guan Yu’s attention. In northern China, people eat jiaozi, or dumplings, on the morning of powu.

SEVENTH DAY OF CHINESE NEW YEAR CALENDER

The seventh day, traditionally known as Renri (the common person’s birthday), is the day when everyone grows one year older. In Southeast Asia it is also the day when tossed raw fish salad, yusheng, is eaten for continued wealth and prosperity.

For many Chinese Buddhists, this is another day to avoid meat.  The seventh day commemorating the birth of Sakra, lord of the devas in Buddhist.

EIGHT DAY OF CHINESE NEW YEAR CALENDER

On Eight Day of Chinese New Year Calendar family dinner is held to celebrate the eve of the birth of the Jade Emperor, the ruler of heaven. Approaching 12 midnight on this day, Hokkien people prepare for the “Jade Emperor ritual”. In Malaysia, especially, people light fireworks, often more than on the first day.

NINTH DAY OF CHINESE NEW YEAR CALENDER

The ninth day of of Chinese New Year Calendar is a day for Chinese to offer prayers to the Jade Emperor of Heaven in the Daoist Pantheon. This day, called Ti Kong Dan. Hokkiens will offer thanks to the Emperor of Heaven. Incense, tea, fruit, vegetarian food or roast pig, and gold paper is served as a customary protocol for paying respect to an honored person.

TENTH DAY OF CHINESE NEW YEAR CALENDER

The Jade Emperor’s party is celebrated on tenth day of Chinese New Year Calendar

THIRTEENTH DAY OF CHINESE NEW YEAR CALENDER

Thirteenth day of Chinese New Year Calendar is dedicated to the General Guan Yu, also known as the Chinese God of War. People will eat pure vegetarian food – in the belief that it will clean out their stomachs. Almost every organization and business in China will pray to Guan Yu on this day. Before his life ended.

FIFTEENTH DAY OF CHINESE NEW YEAR CALENDER

The fifteenth day of the new year is celebrated as “Yuanxiao Festival”. Candles are lit outside houses as a way to guide wayward spirits home. This day is celebrated as the Lantern Festival, and families walk the street carrying lighted lanterns. In China, Malaysia and Singapore, this day is celebrated by individuals seeking for a romantic partner, akin to Valentine’s Day.

This day often marks the end of the Chinese New Year festivities.

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Star Wars Episode 4 A New Hope

Star Wars Episode 4 A New Hope Novelization, originally entitled Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker, was the official novel adaptation of the film Star Wars Episode 4 New Hope, published in 1976 by Ballantine Books.It contains many scenes and much information cut from the film. The first release in the Star Wars saga, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Alec Guinness . David Prowse, Anthony Daniels, Peter Cushing, Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew co-star in supporting roles. This version of A New Hope was later collected in The Star Wars Trilogy novelization.

  • Star Wars Episode 4 A New Hope Novelization was ghostwritten by Alean Dean Foster, but credited to George Lucas.
  • Like many novelizations, it differs from the film in that it often uses different dialogue, gives more details about characters’ thoughts, and provides more background information.

Star Wars Episode 4 A New Hope Novelization

Luke Skywalker Challenged the Stormtroopers of a Distant Galaxy on a Daring Mission Where a Force of Life Became the Power of Death! Farm chores sure could be dull, and Luke Skywalker was bored beyond belief. He yearned for adventures out among the stars adventures that would take him beyond the furthest galaxies to distant and alien worlds.

But Luke got more than he bargained for when he intercepted a cryptic message from a beautiful princess held captive by a dark and powerful warlord. Luke didn’t know who she was, but he knew he had to save her and soon, because time was running out. Armed only with courage and with the light saber that had been his father’s, Luke was catapulted into the middle of the most savage space war ever and he was headed straight for a desperate encounter on the enemy battle station known as the Death Star!

Biography of Alan Dean Foster

Alan Dean Foster is an American writer of fantasy and science fiction, a prolific creator of and contributor to book series as well as the author of more than 20 single novels. He is especially prolific in his novelizations of film scripts.

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Star Wars Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith

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The novelization of Star Wars Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith was written by Matthew Stover on which famous American epic space opera film was written and directed in 2005 by George Lucas. It is the third installment of Star Wars prequel trilogy and stars stars Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker and Frank Oz.

  • Star Wars Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith includes much more dialogue than the film, including a conversation between Count Dooku and Darth Sidious, where the reader learns Palpatine lied to Dooku about what the Empire would truly be.
  • Some unseen or unheard-of elements to the Revenge of the Sith story were fleshed out in the course of the novel.

Star Wars Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith

The turning point for the entire Star Wars saga is at hand…

As combat escalates across the galaxy, the stage is set for an explosive endgame: Obi-Wan undertakes a perilous mission to destroy the dreaded Separatist military leader, General Grievous. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine continues to strip away constitutional liberties in the name of security while influencing public opinion to turn against the Jedi. And a conflicted Anakin fears that his secret love, Senator Padmé Amidala, will die. Tormented by unspeakable visions, Anakin edges closer to the brink of a galaxy-shaping decision. It remains only for Darth Sidious to strike the final staggering blow against the Republic–and to ordain a fearsome new Sith Lord: Darth Vader. Based on the screenplay of the final film in George Lucas’s epic saga, bestselling Star Wars author Matthew Stover’s novel crackles with action, captures the iconic characters in all their complexity, and brings a space opera masterpiece full circle in stunning style.

Matthew Stover Biography

Matthew Stover is the New York Times bestselling author of five previous novels, including Star Wars Shatterpoint; Star Wars The New Jedi Order: Traitor; Heroes Die; and The Blade of Tyshalle. He is an expert in several martial arts. Stover lives outside Chicago.

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Star Wars Episode 2 Attack of the Clones

Star Wars Episode 2

Star Wars Episode 2 Attack of the Clones is a book published on 23 April 2002 on which famous American epic space opera film was also directed. The directors of that film are George Lucas and written by Lucas and Jonathan Hales. It is the second installment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and stars Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker and Frank Oz.

  • Star Wars Episode 2 : Attack of the Clones is an intense and revealing novel by bestselling author R. A. Salvatore sheds new light on the legend of Star Wars and skillfully illuminates one of our most beloved sagas.
  • The paperback edition includes 32 pages of storyboard art from the First Battle of Geonosis, an introduction by Rick McCallum, and a preview of Matthew Stovers’s  novel.

Star Wars Episode 2 : Attack of the Clones

There is a great disturbance in the Force. From the sleek ships of the glimmering Coruscant skyscape to the lush gardens of pastoral Naboo, dissent is roiling. The Republic is failing, even under the leadership of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, elected ten years earlier to save the crumbling government. Separatists threaten war, and the Senate is hopelessly divided, unable to determine whether to raise an army for battle or keep the fragile peace. It is a stalemate that once broken, could lead to galactic chaos.

Mischievous and resolved, courageous to the point of recklessness, Anakin Skywalker has come of age in a time of great upheaval. The nineteen-year-old apprentice to Obi-Wan Kenobi is an enigma to the Jedi Council, and a challenge to his Jedi Master. Time has not dulled Anakin’s ambition, nor has his Jedi training tamed his independent streak. When an attempt on Senator Padmé Amidala’s life brings them together for the first time in ten years, it is clear that time also has not dulled Anakin’s intense feelings for the beautiful diplomat.

The attack on Senator Amidala just before a crucial vote thrusts the Republic even closer to the edge of disaster. Masters Yoda and Mace Windu sense enormous unease. The dark side is growing, clouding the Jedi’s perception of the events. Unbeknownst to the Jedi, a slow rumble is building into the roar of thousands of soldiers readying for battle. But even as the Republic falters around them, Anakin and Padmé find a connection so intense that all else begins to fall away. Anakin will lose himself and his way in emotions a Jedi, sworn to hold allegiance only to the Order, is forbidden to have.

R.A. Salvatore Biopgraphy

As one of the fantasy genre’s most successful authors, R.A. Salvatore enjoys an ever-expanding and tremendously loyal following. His books regularly appear on The New York Times best seller lists and have sold more than 10,000,000 copies. Salvatore’s most recent original hardcover, The Two Swords, Book III of The Hunter’s Blade Trilogy (October 2004) debuted at 1 on The Wall Street Journal best-seller list and at 4 on The New York Times best-seller list. His books have been translated into numerous foreign languages including German, Italian, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Turkish, Croatian, Bulgarian, Yiddish, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Portuguese, Czech, and French.

Salvatore’s first published novel, The Crystal Shard from TSR in 1988, became the first volume of the acclaimed Icewind Dale Trilogy and introduced an enormously popular character, the dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden. Since that time, Salvatore has published numerous novels for each of his signature multi-volume series including The Dark Elf Trilogy, Paths of Darkness, The Hunter’s Blades Trilogy, and The Cleric Quintet.

His love affair with fantasy, and with literature in general, began during his sophomore year of college when he was given a copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings as a Christmas gift. He promptly changed his major from computerscience to journalism. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from Fitchburg State College in 1981, then returned for the degree he always cherished, the Bachelor of Arts in English. He began writing seriously in 1982, penning the manuscript that would become Echoes of the Fourth Magic. Salvatore held many jobs during those first years as a writer, finally settling in (much to our delight) to write full time in 1990.

The R.A. Salvatore Collection has been established at his alma mater, Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, containing the writer’s letters, manuscripts, and other professional papers. He is in good company, as The Salvatore Collection is situated alongside The Robert Cormier Library, which celebrates the writing career of the co-alum and esteemed author of young adult books. Salvatore is an active member of his community and is on the board of trustees at the local library in Leominster, Massachusetts. He has participated in several American Library Association regional conferences, giving talks on themes including “Adventure fantasy” and “Why young adults read fantasy.” Salvatore himself enjoys a broad range of literary writers including James Joyce, Mark Twain, Geoffrey Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dante, and Sartre. He counts among his favorite genre literary influences Ian Fleming, Arthur Conan Doyle, Fritz Leiber, and of course, J.R.R. Tolkien.

Born in 1959, Salvatore is a native of Massachusetts and resides there with his wife Diane, and their three children, Bryan, Geno, and Caitlin. The family pets include three Japanese Chins, Oliver, Artemis and Ivan, and four cats including Guenhwyvar.

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