Songkran Festival in Thailand: A UNESCO-Recognized Cultural Treasure

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Published on December 20, 2023

Exciting news for Thailand as UNESCO officially designates 'Songkran in Thailand, Traditional Thai New Year Festival,' as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. This recognition adds another jewel to Thailand's cultural crown, joining esteemed traditions like Khon (2018), Thai Massage (2019), and Nora (2021).

Songkran, marking the sun's transition into the Aries constellation, symbolizes the Thai New Year. Celebrated in mid-April after the rice harvest, it's a time for family reunions, paying respects to elders, ancestors, and sacred Buddha images. Central to the festivities is the act of pouring water, representing cleansing, reverence, and good fortune. Other activities include bathing Buddha images, water splashing, folk plays, music, and feasting.

Songkran promotes community cooperation, unity, and forgiveness. It's a symbolic cleansing to wash away misfortunes, pray for prosperity, reunite with family, and honor ancestors. The emphasis on family and respect for elders addresses issues of loneliness and social isolation within the community.

Thailand celebrates Songkran's inclusion in UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list, alongside other revered traditions. This recognition is a testament to Thailand's rich cultural heritage and traditions. The festival's designation is expected to attract more international visitors eager to experience this unique celebration firsthand. It's an opportunity to understand the essence of Thai traditions and create lasting memories.

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin extends a warm welcome to tourists worldwide, inviting them to participate and experience the grandeur of the Songkran festival. With UNESCO's recognition, Songkran 2024 promises even more amazing celebrations, blending boisterous fun with ancient traditions.

As Songkran takes its place among UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage, Thailand invites everyone to join the festivities, immerse themselves in tradition, and celebrate the cultural richness of this unique and cherished festival.


Regent Hong Kong The Signature Suite Collection Revealed

By Nishang Narayan

Published on June 17, 2024

As part of its stunning transformation, the reimagined Regent Hong Kong continues to enhance its allure with the unveiling of the Signature Suites. This trio of luxurious residential retreats, each featuring a private outdoor terrace and whirlpool, offers unrivaled views of Victoria Harbour and the dazzling Hong Kong skyline, along with bespoke service tailored to individual preferences.

A Trio of Unique Luxury Retreats

The Presidential Suite, Terrace Suite, and CEO Suite showcase the sublime aesthetic of visionary Hong Kong-born architect and designer Chi Wing Lo. These one-of-a-kind personal havens elevate the Regent Hong Kong experience to new heights. Celebrating the Beauty of Contrasts, Lo has created timeless spaces with serene design sensibilities that stunningly juxtapose the hotel's spectacular vistas from multiple angles, providing guests with bespoke experiences that inspire special moments. From wedding ceremonies and intimate soirées to exclusive private events and romantic getaways, Regent Hong Kong's signature suites set the stage for exceptional experiences.

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Michel Chertouh, Managing Director of Regent Hong Kong, comments, "Each of our Signature Suites is designed to offer a highly personalized experience and the height of sophistication and discreet luxury. Guests will feel as if they are living in a luxurious contemporary residence with spaces that become their own, rather than a hotel suite." Lo has reenvisioned each suite with warm cream tones, custom furnishings in natural oak with leather detailing, and artisan craftsmanship, creating a tranquil ambiance with understated sophistication, elevated above the bustle of the city, while overlooking it all.

Exceptional Luxury and Discreet Service

The Signature Suites are the crème de la crème of the 129 stunning suites at Regent Hong Kong, among a total of 497 guestrooms. Each Regent suite is a residential-style luxury retreat with a spacious living area and Oasis bathroom. Guests can bask in discreet luxury and elevated amenities while enjoying magnificent vistas in Harbourview and Seaview Suites with intimate private havens designed for indulgent moments. Bespoke service 'on your terms' includes access to the exclusive Regent Club, offering elevated experiences over breakfast, afternoon tea, and evening cocktails.

For those seeking the pinnacle of luxury in Hong Kong, the Signature Suites at Regent Hong Kong promise an unparalleled experience, combining world-class design, breathtaking views, and personalized service to create unforgettable stays.


Goan Specialty Coffee: A Blend of Sustainability and Flavor

By Nishang Narayan

Published on June 15, 2024

Goa, known for its picturesque beaches and vibrant culture, is also making a name for itself in the world of specialty coffee. The state's burgeoning coffee scene is characterized by a commitment to sustainability, artisanal practices, and a focus on high-quality, single-origin beans. This evolution has created a unique coffee culture that attracts both locals and tourists.

Sourcing and Sustainability

Goa's specialty coffee often begins its journey in the region's lush plantations, which emphasize sustainable and ethical farming practices. Local coffee farmers prioritize organic cultivation methods, avoiding harmful pesticides and fertilizers to protect the environment and ensure the health of their crops. These practices are not only better for the planet but also enhance the quality and flavor of the coffee beans.

Sustainability extends beyond farming methods. Many Goan coffee producers engage in direct trade, establishing direct relationships with coffee farmers. This approach ensures that farmers receive fair compensation for their work, promotes higher quality standards, and fosters a deeper connection between the producer and the consumer.

Artisanal Roasting and Unique Flavours

Once harvested, Goan coffee beans undergo meticulous processing and roasting to bring out their best qualities. Local roasters often focus on small-batch roasting, a technique that allows them to experiment with different profiles and highlight the unique characteristics of each bean. The result is a diverse range of flavors that often include fruity and floral notes, reflective of Goa's rich terroir.

The rise of specialty cafes in Goa has further propelled the popularity of these artisanal coffees. These cafes are dedicated to showcasing the nuances of Goan coffee through expertly crafted brews and innovative coffee-based beverages.

The Role of Specialty Cafes

Specialty cafes play a crucial role in promoting Goan coffee culture. One notable example is Boho Box Cafe, located in Anjuna, North Goa. According to Ambika Saxena, CEO of Boho Box, "At The Boho Box, we've crafted more than just a cafe; we've created an experience. Nestled along the tranquil Baga River in Anjuna, North Goa, our bohemian-themed sports bar and cafe redefine the art of unwinding. We take pride in offering an exquisite blend of stunning river views, a diverse menu, and an ambiance that's trendy, vibrant, and serene, all in one. Our carefully curated continental cuisine, signature coffees, and refreshing cocktails ensure that your taste buds embark on a memorable journey with every visit."

Boho Box Cafe epitomizes the holistic approach to coffee culture in Goa. It offers a space where guests can relax, work, and enjoy the unique Goan vibe, all while savoring some of the best coffee the region has to offer. The cafe's emphasis on creating a memorable experience, rather than just serving coffee, reflects a broader trend in Goa's specialty coffee scene.

Trends and Innovations

The specialty coffee industry in Goa is also keeping pace with global trends. Sustainability remains at the forefront, with many cafes and roasters adopting eco-friendly practices and packaging. Additionally, there is a growing interest in cold brew coffee, which is known for its smooth texture and low acidity. Cold brew variations, including flavored and nitro-infused options, are becoming increasingly popular among coffee enthusiasts.

Another emerging trend is the infusion of coffee with health-boosting ingredients like adaptogens and superfoods. This aligns with the broader wellness trend, transforming the coffee-drinking experience into a mindful, health-conscious ritual.

To conclude, Goa's specialty coffee scene is a dynamic blend of tradition, innovation, and sustainability. From the careful cultivation of coffee beans to the artisanal roasting and the unique offerings of specialty cafes, every aspect of Goan coffee culture is designed to provide an exceptional experience. Whether you are a casual coffee drinker or a connoisseur, Goa's specialty coffee promises a journey of discovery and delight.

For those looking to immerse themselves in this vibrant coffee culture, a visit to cafes like Boho Box offers a perfect introduction to the flavors and ambiance that define Goan specialty coffee. As the industry continues to grow and evolve, Goa is poised to become a significant player on the global coffee stage.


Celebrate Mango Magic at Omaxe Chowk's "Aam Rasiya" Fest

By Nishang Narayan

Published on June 13, 2024

Chandni Chowk, the heart of Old Delhi, has been a melting pot of flavors for centuries. As the summer season begins, mangoes, with their succulent sweetness, become integral to these bustling streets. From past generations to today, the people of Chandni Chowk celebrate summer with the luscious taste of mangoes, weaving them into every culinary tradition. Positioned amidst this vibrant street, Omaxe Chowk, an architectural marvel in Delhi's retail hub, brings "Aam Rasiya"- the Mango Fest. Running until June 16th, 2024, the fest promises an enchanting experience to visitors with the delectable delights of India's favorite fruit.

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Visitors can indulge in an exciting lineup of activities, including a Mom's Chef Culinary Session on June 12th, where mothers can share their treasured mango recipes, blending tradition with taste. On June 15th, the fest will host a day of fun-filled activities and contests for children, making it a delightful family outing. The fest will culminate on June 16th with a Chef's Cooking Session, where chefs will showcase their skills, crafting innovative mango dishes.

Jatin Goel, Executive Director, Omaxe Group, expressed, "We are delighted to host Aam Rasiya at Omaxe Chowk, celebrating Chandni Chowk's timeless love for mangoes. The fest pays homage to Chandni Chowk's rich heritage, where mangoes have been celebrated for generations. With every bite of mango at Aam Rasiya, visitors can indulge in the rich cultural tapestry and culinary traditions that make Chandni Chowk a unique and cherished landmark."

For more information and event details, visit Omaxe Chowk.

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