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By Pablo N
Traveling around the world is one of the best experiences you can have. If you are looking for your next trip, Hong Kong is the perfect destination. Hong Kong is a city with an electrifying personality in Cantonese culture.
It is also known as 'Fragrant Harbour' because of its deep-water harbor. The city is renowned as a tourist choice in southern-eastern Asia.
You can talk of the tea shops, dense neighborhoods, ornate temples, family-owned outdoor restaurants, Ocean Park, Golden Bauhinia Square, excellent public transit system. Hong Kong has everything you are looking for in a perfect adventure.
Below, we will share some previous tips to keep in mind when embarking on this trip. For India Nationals not planning to stay more than 14 days, a visit visa is not needed, however, you need to know what is required to apply for pre-arrival registration for Indians before departing the airport. The good news is that you can file for this registration online.
To proceed to enter Hong Kong is not difficult, you can apply for a visit visa to this destination at the Chinese embassy or at the immigration departments of the HKSAR. In this way, you will get all the information required to undertake the trip.
The perfect time to visit Hong Kong is from mid-October to late December. The period is the time of the year when the weather is refreshing and comfortable.
During your visit, you can also enjoy numerous festivals such as Monkey God Festival, Buddha Birthday, Chinese New Year, Mid- Autumn Festival, Art Week, among many others.
Hong Kong is renowned for being the food market of the world. Make sure to try out the Chinese, American, Italian, Cantonese, Mexican, and other cultural meals.Unsplash
Hong Kong boasts, one of the best public transit system in the world. Getting around the city should not pose any form of trouble. You can get around the city by taxi, rail, ferry, or even the Octopus Card Payment Method.
There are about 27 ferry routes that cover movements from Hong Kong Island to different neighboring islands like Peng Chai, Cheung Chau, Lamma Island, etc. The MTR System Mass Transit Railway is the best way to enjoy the famous sites to visit in the city.
All of these transport systems are cheap and convenient.
This destination is a buzzing city and can be overwhelming for first-time visitors. Here are three Do's and Don'ts when you are in Hong Kong.
●Enjoy the varieties of food culture
Limiting yourself to only a variety of food in a multicultural city like Hong Kong is nothing but a waste. This city is renowned for being the food market of the world. Before you leave, make sure to try out the Chinese, American, Italian, Cantonese, Mexican, and other cultural meals.
●Get an Octopus Card
The Octopus cards are your most reliable pass to most public transit in Hong Kong. You can obtain it at the airport or any transit station. 'Octopus cards' can be used to pay for transactions in stores, restaurants, cinemas, parks, etc.
●Avoid getting caught up with the crowd
You can save yourself a lot of annoyance and irritation by avoiding being caught up in the large crowd of the town. Fix your shopping to the weekdays and avoid getting on the MTR during rush hours.
●Don't break the smoking laws
Hong Kong frowns strictly on smoking in public places. Avoid smoking in clubs, parks, lifts, restaurants, transits, workplaces, and strict. Fines and punishments that amount up to 5,000HKD are charged on offenders for smoking in public places.
●Don't miss the festivals
When you visit the city during a festival period, don't miss out on the opportunity to witness some carnivals or events. Hong Kong is also a great place to celebrate Christmas and New Year's Eve.
●Don't stand on the left
Whenever you are on the escalators or a walkway, always remember to stand on the right-hand side and let people walk on your left. Citizens get angry whenever people block the left side of the walkway, and it's evident that you are a visitor.
This town is one of the most beautiful tourist centers around the world. You can decide to organize all the places to visit in order to discover the best attractions in Hong Kong.
One point to add, is that the citizens are friendly and approachable. You will be surprised to know that many of the residents also speak English. You will find the city easy to navigate and enjoy as there are many activities to do and witness.
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By- Devakinanda Ji
OṀ MĀNASOPACHĀRAPŨJITABHŨMYAI NAMAH:
OṀ (AUM) - MAA-NA-S'O-PA-CHAA-RA-POO-Ji-TA-BHOO-MYAI—NA-MA-HA
ॐ मानसोपचारपूजितभूम्यै नमः
(Mānasopachāra: Offering services to God mentally; Pūjita: Being worshipped)
We serve and treat guests nicely when they come to our house. How much gratitude do we have to show and how well should we serve the Almighty who has given us life and the atmosphere sustainable to life? Throughout the history of mankind, human beings have been seeking, whether they know it or not, unalloyed happiness or bliss. Freedom from suffering and attainment of eternal peace and joy, have been the universally acclaimed goals of life.
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From times immemorial, a firm belief in the existence of a Supernatural Being, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent, seems to have been ingrained in the very nature of man. By somehow establishing contact with this Being, often called God, one can get whatever one wants in life. This is the conviction resulting from this belief. Hinduism proclaims that this God is both nirākāra and nirguṇa (without any particular form or attributes) while also being sākāra and saguṇa (capable of assuming any form and attributes at will). Performance of rituals, worships, and pūjas is one of the easier means to achieve the purity of mind. However, they should be done meticulously with a proper knowledge of the spirit behind them. If the symbolical meaning and significance of the icon is understood properly, the icon itself will become an actualized form of the ideal. An illustration can make this point more clear. Water can exist in four states: ice, liquid crystal, liquid water, and vapor or steam. In whatever form you use it, still it is water. Once this is acknowledged, the necessity for and the role of rituals on the path of bhakti can easily be recognized and appreciated.
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Worship of God can be either internal or external. Internal worship called mānasa pūja is actually meditation (contemplation) or ritualistic with all the ingredients, but all done mentally. Our ancient sages have thoughtfully developed various steps involved in an actual pūja or worship which can be done externally or mentally (mānasopachāra) with a bhāvana (concept, notion, attitude, idea). They have described panchaupachārās (five services), or daśaupachārās (ten services) - both for daily worship; for occasions śhoḍaśa (sixteen services), or the more elaborate shaḍasachaturdha upachārās (sixty four services). The ingredients are water, sandal paste, flowers, lighted lamp, incense sticks and food-offerings. All these can be done with the mental notion, concept and attitude. When understood properly and performed meticulously, they lead to inner purity and concentration.
The land which offered to the world mental contemplation and meditation as a part of worshipping God is our mother land, 'Mānasopachārapūjita Bhūmi'.
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India International Science Festival to be held from December 10 to 13 in Goa; Minister Jitendra Singh to inaugurate
Union Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh will inaugurate the seventh edition of India International Science Festival (IISF) at Panaji.
Singh said the theme of IISF, to be held from December 10 to 13, is 'Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsava' - celebrating Creativity, Science, Technology and Innovation for a prosperous India.
This year, 12 theme-based programmes would be conducted during the mega event, the Ministry of Science and Technology said in a statement.
Singh said that the series of IISF is an integral part of India's long-term vision in developing and widening the spectrum of scientific temper for sustainable development and new technological innovations in India.
It also aims to build a strategy for rural India through the advancement of science and technology.
The Minister informed that IISF will provide a platform to young students, scientists and technocrats from across India for exchange of knowledge and ideas and also support flagship programmes like 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan', 'Swasth Bharat Abhiyan', 'Make in India', 'Digital India', 'Namami Gange', 'Unnath Bharat Abhiyan' initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the last seven years.
Union Minister Jitendra Singh said that IISF will provide a platform to young students, scientists and technocrats from across India for exchange of knowledge and ideas.Photo by Wikimedia Commons.
He said, the main aim of the festival is to bring into use the innovations by the people and develop technology that is affordable to the masses.
The IISF is a joint programme of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences and Vijnana Bharati, a swadeshi movement for science.
The programmes to be undertaken during these four days will include a Science Film Festival, Science Literature Festival, Engineering Students Festival, Science Village Festival, Traditional Crafts and Artisans Festival, Guinness Book of World Records, Festival of Games and Toys, Global Indian Scientists and Technocrats Meet, Eco-Festival, New Age Technology Show, National Social Organizations and Institutions Meet, a release said.
The first IISF was held in 2015. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: India, Goa, Science and Technology, Jitendra Singh, India International Science Festival.
Three-day ‘Kashi Utsav’ begins from today at Rudraksh International Cooperation and Convention Centre
A three-day festival -- 'Kashi Utsav' being organised by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) began here at the Rudraksh International Cooperation and Convention Centre on Tuesday.
IGNCA director Priyanka Mishra said that the programme is being hosted on behalf of the Union Ministry of Culture with the support of the Uttar Pradesh government and Varanasi administration under the aegis of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav'.
Varanasi has been chosen for this festival because of its rich cultural heritage, splendid history and resplendent beauty.
A theme has been dedicated to each day of the festival, which include 'Kashi ke Hastakshar', 'Kabir, Raidas ki Bani aur Nirgun Kashi' and 'Kavita aur Kahani - Kashi ki Zubani'.
The first day will focus on eminent literary figures, including Bhartendu Harishchandra and Jaishankar Prasad while the second day will highlight prominent poets, Sant Raidas and Sant Kabirdas and the final day will have Goswami Tulsidas and Munshi Premchand as the focal points.
The whole festival will focus on India's famous literary figures.Photo by IGNCA
The event will emphasize on these personalities from Kashi through panel discussions, exhibitions, film screenings, music, drama and dance performances. Dr Kumar Vishwas will be presenting a performance on 'Main Kashi Hun' on November 16, while Manoj Tiwari, BJP MP, will be delivering a musical presentation on 'Tulsi ki Kashi' on the final day.
The festival will also have several devotional performances by artists like by Kalapini Komkali, Bhuvanesh Komkali, Padma Shri Bharti Bandhu, and Maithili Thakur.
A play based on Rani Laxmi Bai, 'Khoob Ladi Mardani' directed by Bharti Sharma from National School of Drama (NSD), will be presented by artists from NSD on November 18.
Another theatrical presentation on 'Kamayani: Dance Drama' based on the classic poetry of Jaishankar Prasad will be presented on November 16.
IGNCA films, including 'Banaras Ek Sanskritik Prayogshala' by Virendra Mishra, 'Meri Nazar mein Kashi' and 'Manbhawan Kashi' directed by Pankaj Parashar, 'Kashi Pavitra Bhugol' directed by Deepak Chaturvedi, 'Made in Banaras' by Satyaprakash Upadhyay, 'Kashi Ganga Vishveshvarai' and 'Muktidham' by Radhika Chandrasekhar, 'Kashi ki Aitihasikta' and 'Kashi ki Hastiyaan' by Arjun Pandey will be screened during the event.
An exhibition of books and six literary personalities will be showcased in the festival; the themes of which have been planned and prepared by IGNCA and Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: India, Art and Culture, IGNCA, Kashi Utsav, Festivals.