This year Chinese New Year- which is the year of the rabbit - was celebrated worldwide as it brings with it new hope, opportunities, and love. Falling in the month of February, many tourist attractions combined the romantic Valentine’s Day with the prosperity brought by the anticipated year of the rabbit. In the heart of Bandung, West Java, Chinese communities who settled here since the beginning of the city’s founding, celebrated the event in spiritual devotion in the 126-year-old temple of Xie Tian Gong, the community temple.
This 40 cm. high statue of the War Lord Guan Yu or General Kwan Kong, was sold outside the temple of Xie Tian Gong in Bandung, capital city of West Java. General Kwan Kong is one of the highly respected idols worshiped by followers of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. Kinoy, the vendor from Jakarta sold this carved statue for IDR 450,000. (photo by Anggun Nugraha/www.indonesia.travel).
Mixing spectacular scenery, beautiful beaches, warm and friendly people, vibrant cultures and out of this world resorts, Bali is truly a magical paradise. Also known as the Land of the Gods, Bali appeals through its sheer natural beauty of looming volcanoes and lush terraced rice fields that exude peace and serenity. Bali enchants any visitors with its dramatic dances and colorful ceremonies, its arts and crafts, to its magnificent waves and exciting night life.
Dressed in traditional costume, a parade of women gracefully carrying offerings on their head, lead a procession in Ngaben, the Balinese cremation ceremony(photo documentation by www.indonesia.travel).