The Origins of Chinese New Year;
Harvest Thanksgiving Formalized During Han Dynasty - Chinese New Year celebrations have their origin with end-of-harvest celebrations when people would offer thanks to gods for good harvests and entreaty for a good crop in the following year. Although they varied according to the different calendars used, the customs were formalized under Han Dynasty (206BC-AD 25) rule.
Traditions Blossom Under Tang Dynasty - Varied festivals around god worship, sacrifice and celebration held at the end of the winter season and at the beginning of the spring were unified under the Han Dynasty rulers and consolidated, with their adoption of the formal Taichu calendar, to the first day of the first lunar month. During the economically prosperous and politically stable Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907), celebrations around the New Year blossomed. Traditional customs around superstitions and worship gradually became means for people simply to celebrate and enjoy time with the ...
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Ambarawa Railway Station -
The museum was established in the 1970s primarily to preserve a wide selection of the steam locomotives which were then coming to the end of their useful lives on the 3ft 6in (1067mm) gauge railways of the Indonesian State Railway (the then Perusahaan Negara Kereta-Api, PNKA).
These are parked in the open air next to the original station, originally a transhipment point between the 4ft 8½in gauge branch from Kedungjati to the north-east and the 3ft 6in gauge line onward towards Yogyakarta via Magelang to the south. It is still possible to see that the two sides of the station were built to accommodate different size trains.
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In the early 15th century, long before Columbus discovered America, Admiral Zheng He set sail to explore the seas of Asia. Commanding 250 massive ships and 28,000 sailors, Admiral Zheng He led one of the largest expeditions in the history of globalization.
He prevailed over his Muslim Hui backgrounds in the imperial courts of Ming Dynasty & was given command of seven naval expeditions that reached as far as East Africa.
Read more: http://www.turisku.com/indonesia-history/admiral-zheng-he-legacy-in-semarang/
SamPoKong temple story, see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Poo_Kong
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