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Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace

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Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace,was the official novel adaptation of the film Star Wars which was released in 1999, written and directed by George Lucas. It was the fourth live-action film to be released in theaters, but is chronologically the first film of the saga.It was also the first and, to date, only Star Wars film to be re-released in 3D. The film was produced by Rick McCallum and stars Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Llyod, and Ian McDiarmid as the primary characters.

  • The junior novalization of Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace was written by Patricia C. Wrede and published by Scholastic in May 1999.
  • Yoda’s famous quote in the film in which he alerts Anakin of the path to the dark side (“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering”) was altered in the novel to just: “To the dark side, fear leads. To anger and to hate. To suffering”.

Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace

Two Jedi Knights escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force, but the long dormant Sith resurface to reclaim their old glory. The evil Trade Federation, led by Nute Gunray is planning to take over the peaceful world of Naboo. Jedi Knights Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi are sent to confront the leaders. But not everything goes to plan. The two Jedi escape, and along with their new Gungan friend, Jar Jar Binks head to Naboo to warn Queen Amidala, but droids have already started to capture Naboo and the Queen is not safe there. Eventually, they land on Tatooine, where they become friends with a young boy known as Anakin Skywalker. Qui-Gon is curious about the boy, and sees a bright future for him. The group must now find a way of getting to Coruscant and to finally solve this trade dispute, but there is someone else hiding in the shadows. Are the Sith really extinct? Is the Queen really who she says she is? And what’s so special about this young boy?

Patricia Wrede Biography

Much-loved YA author Patricia Wrede (Dealing with Dragons, Calling on Dragons) retells here the storyline of Episode I, The Phantom Menace from opening shot to final scene. Since much of the action in Phantom Menace centers on 14-year-old Queen Amidala and 9-year-old Jedi-to-be Anakin Skywalker, Wrede takes the opportunity to focus on the thoughts and struggles of these two scrappy youngsters. And young Star Wars fans will appreciate that Wrede’s adaptation is faithful to the screenplay – the events and dialogue mesh seamlessly with memories from the movie, only complementing the action with added details and inner dialogue. (We all knew what Anakin was thinking when he rolled his eyes at Qui-Gon’s mollycoddling, but this book confirms our suspicions as Anakin groans to himself, “Grown-ups!”) An inset section with 28 color stills from the movie adds a nice visual touch to a well-told story. (Ages 9 to 12) –Paul Hughes

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Chinese New Year 2016 – Significance

Chinese New Year 2016 will celebrated in China between 21 January and 20 February. They follow lunar calendar and is also known as Lunar New Year. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year’s Eve. Chinese New Year is celebrated with food, families, lucky money (usually in a red envelope), and many other red things for good luck. Lion and dragon dances, drums, fireworks, firecrackers, and other types of entertainment fill the streets on this day. It is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name.

Chinese New Year 2016 – Significance

Chinese New Year is celebrated as festivals and they called it Nian festival (Nian eans to pass the year). Chinese New Year’s Day itself was traditionally named Yuandan literally “the first sunrise”. 

The Chinese lunar calendar is associated with the Chinese zodiac, which has 12 animal signs: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, Rooster, dog, and pig. Each animal represents a year in a 12-year cycle, beginning on Chinese New Year’s Day. 2016 is a year of the Monkey.

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Chinese New Year’s Eve

Chinese New Year’s Eve represents the fresh start of a new year after a period of remembrance of the passing year, including on radio, television and in newspapers, which starts in early December in countries around the world. It is a day where families China gather for their annual “Reunion dinner”reunion dinner, named as Nian Ye Fan, is known as “Evening of the Passing”

Pasting red couplets, hanging red lanterns, the New Year reunion dinner, setting off firecrackers, giving red envelops to kids etc are very famous.

Chinese New Year’s Eve Food

The New Year’s Eve food includes dishes of meat, fish, leek, jau gok, jiaozi, mandarin oranges, noodles, cakes and seafood (e.g. lobster and abalone) etc.

Chinese New Year's Eve

Red Envelopes

Red Envelopes or Red Packets are the traditional gifts given to each other during this festivals. This is not restricted to particular elders or seniors it may also given to kids or children. Red packets almost contain money and it may vary from one or two dollars to several hundreds. And the amount should be in even numbers. Each even numbers has some significance and Number 8 is considered as lucky and is being exchange most of the time in China and in U.S. Odd and even numbers are determined by the first digit, intead of the last.

The act of asking for red packets is normally called (Mandarin).

Music

“Happy New Year!” (Xīn Nián Hǎo Ya; literally: “New Year’s Good, Ya”) is a popular children’s song for the New Year holiday. The melody is similar to the American folk song, Oh My Darling, Clementine. Due to the influence of “New Year’s Day”, others use Auld Lang Syne instead of this song.

Clothing

Clothing mainly featuring the color red or bright colors is commonly worn throughout the New Year because it was once believed that red could scare away evil spirits and bad fortune.

Chinese New Year Symbols

Chinese New Year symbols is the red diamond-shaped fu characters which are displayed on the entrances of Chinese homes. For the Cantonese-speaking people, if the fuk sign is hung upside down, the implied dao (upside down) sounds like the Cantonese word for “pour”, producing “pour the luck.
Chinese New Year Symbols

Flowers

The following are popular floral decorations for the New Year and are available at new year markets

Plum Blossom – symbolizes luckiness

Kumquat – symbolizes prosperity

Narcissus – symbolizes prosperity

Sunflower  – symbolizes a plant of good year

Eggplant – a plant to heal all of your sickness

Chom Mon Plant – a plant which gives you tranquility

When is Chinese New Year 2016?

It starts from 8 February 2016 and goes on till fifteenth day.

How Long is the Chinese New Year?

It is celebrated worldwide to mark the first day of the New Year in the Chinese calendar, which differs from the Gregorian calendar. It is also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year and celebrations can last for about 15 days.

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Star Wars The Old Republic Volume 1 Blood of the Empire

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After hundreds of years, the Sith Empire has returned to the galaxy, determined to crush the Republic that sent them into exile. For young Sith Teneb Kel, it is his only chance to rise above his lowly beginnings as a slave and prove his worth to the Dark Council. Yet their mission for him is unexpected. He will not hunt Jedi, but rather a fellow Sith–the Emperor’s apprentice!

  • Introduces major events and characters from Lucas Arts and Bio Ware’s massive multiplayer online game The Old Republic!
  • Written by Alexander Freed, a senior writer behind the game.

Star Wars The Old Republic Volume 1 Reviews

It’s always interesting to read a Star Wars story told from the point of view of the Sith. Red Harvest, the Darth Bane books and several others show that the Sith can be just as compelling and interesting protagonists as the Jedi. With “Blood of the Empire” we get another entry into that list.

Teneb Kel is a Sith apprentice who’s just has a terrible turn of luck but is given one last chance to redeem himself in the eyes of the Sith Lords. Teneb isn’t the smartest or most powerful Sith around but he’s certainly the most desperate which makes him more dangerous than he would be in normal circumstances. I’m not going to go into the plot very much to avoid spoilers. But as we follow Teneb we’re treated to a story of pride, ambition, secrets and above all loyalty.

If I could sum up the theme of this story in one word it would be loyalty. “The Sith always betray each othere” is a well known Star Wars quote. This story asks a lot of questions about the Sith and loyalty. Can Sith be loyal? What does loyalty mean to a Sith? Can loyalty be violated in such a way that even a Sith might consider it unacceptable? This story asks these questions but it’s up to you as to what they answers really are.

Moving on, if you’ve been following the the world of Star Wars: The Old Republic like I have in anticipation of the game, then the lore this story provides is some very heavy stuff. Especially as it relates to the mysterious Sith Emperor. We’re getting some information here that’s sure to play heavily into the game so if you want lore then dig in.

My only real complaint with the story is the art. Not that it’s bad. It’s more of a case of the style not really moving me and several panels that I thought were a bit sloppy. That said there’s some really great details given to crowd scenes and the armor of the Sith Lords, the action is portrayed well and Exal Kressh looks fantastic in several places.

All in all, any Star Wars fans who likes the Sith or those awaiting the MMO would be well advised to pick this up. I’d also call it a good pick for more casual SW fans interested in a story that’s a bit different but still good Star Wars.

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New Year – History and Facts

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New Year is the day where all peoples in the world starts following New Calendar Year or New Calendar Year begins. All peoples celebrate this day anxiously with family, friends and colleague. They celebrate this day with blowing crackers, doing parties in hotels, disks and pubs with great enthusiasm. The New Year which falls in 1st January according to the Gregorian calendar, is mostly used by many countries this days. Many countries, such as the Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, the UK, and the United States, mark 1st January as a national holiday. In Julian Calendar and Roman Calendar this falls in the same day. Here you can find New Year Days in other Calendars or all the calendars through out the world.

New Year Days in Other Calendars

New Years Day is celebrated in different dates and by following different Calendars throughout the world. The following are the details which shows this Days in other Calendars.

African

African New Year is celebrated on 11 September (12 September in leap years) in the end of summer rainy season. They uses their own ancient calendar, which was based on the Julian calendar.

East Asian

In Cambodian it is celebrated on 13th April. During these occasions Cambodians play their traditional games or go to pagoda.

Chinese New Year falls between any dates from 21 January to 21 February. It is the first day of the lunar calendar and is corrected for the solar every three years.

Japanese New Year is celebrated on 1st January because the Gregorian calendar is now used instead of the Chinese Calendar.

Korean New Year is also celebrated as solar New Year Day on 8 February each year. They follow Lunar Calendar. Koreans celebrate New Year’s Day by preparing food for their ancestors’ spirits, visiting ancestors’ graves, and playing Korean games such as Yunnori.

Thai New Year falls on 13 April or 14 April which they called Songkran in their local language. People usually come out to splash water on one another. The throwing of water originated as a blessing as it had been poured over buddhas.

Vietnamese New Year falls between 20 January and 20 February commonly known by its shortened name Tết or “Vietnamese Lunar Year”.

European

Europen New Year is celebrated on January 13, based on the Julian Calendar.

Middle Eastern

In Islamic it varry from year to year because they follow lunar calendar. The first day of the year is observed on the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar.

In Nowruz it is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, which usually occurs on March 21. They marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in Iranian Calendar. The holiday is also celebrated and observed by many parts of Central Asia, South Asia, North Western China, Crimea and Zoroastrian.

In Jewish it is celebrated during September or October by Jews in Israel and throughout the world.

South Asian or Indian

Christians in India celebrate 1st January 1 as the New Year according to the Gregorian calendar. Catholic Christian also celebrate 1st January.

In Hinduism, different regional cultures celebrate new year at different times of the year. In Assam, Bengal, Kerala, Nepal, Orissa, Punjab and Tamil Nadu, peoples celebrate the when the Sun enters Aries on the Hindu Calendar. This is normally on April 14 or April 15, depending on the leap year.

In Nepalese the celebration, which also coincides with the Diwali festival.

In Sinhalese it is celebrated between April 13 and April 14. Sri Lankan culture is predominantly by the Sri Lankan Sinhalese, while the Tamil on the same day is celebrated by Sri Lankan Tamils. The Sinhalese New Year (aluth avurudda), marks the end of harvest season.

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Star Wars Rebels The Secret Jedi: The Adventures of Kanan Jarrus

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STAR WARS REBELS

This breakthrough new book is filled with amazing insights and high-action adventures of the Jedi knight Kanan Jarrus. Plus the foldable holocron provides a gateway to carefully guarded exclusive digital content.

The holocron is an organic crystal-lattice device which stores phenomenal quantities of data and guarded secrets! Discover the history and secrets of Kanan Jarrus, the newest Jedi to emerge in the Star Wars universe! Who was his master? How strong is the Force within him? What are his fighting skills and what type of light-saber does he wield? This exciting storybook with exclusive links to rare online content, will reveal intriguing answers to many of these questions. Based on action and events from the first 10 episodes of Star Wars Rebels, this book features five tales from the perspective of Kanan Jarrus, the secret Jedi. Packed with action, adventure, great reading, humor, and bold visuals,The Secret Jedi provides a wonderful glimpse into the new world of Star Wars Rebels, and the Jedi leading the rebel team. But what makes this a truly unique package is … the holocron! Packaged with each book will be a “holocron” toy that when arranged properly, reveals a secret code to a gated website that includes a wide range of bonus content linked to the book and the broader Jedi world.

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