Sacred food festivals

Christmas meals are particularly special, but other cultures also use food to celebrate their rituals and occasions, illustrating the multitude of ways that food is sacred to us all.


Why I love Halloween

Sure, Halloween may not essentially be an Australian tradition, but it’s still one of my favourite ‘special’ days of the year. Let me tell you why I get in the Halloween spirit.

Top 10 funeral songs

To which soundtrack would you like to farewell the world? Or is it for a loved one’s funeral you need to organise the tunes? Whatever songs you choose, you may wish to evoke a certain feeling – such as the essence of the person who’s passed away. Will it be sentimental, lively, fun or bittersweet?

50 years of oriental luxury

This year 2013, sees the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong celebrating ‘50 Fantastic Years’ with year-long festivities to mark this milestone. Some of our favourites include:

Chinese New Year 2013

The biggest celebration in the Chinese calendar, Chinese New Year, starts this Sunday 10 February. Discover your Chinese zodiac sign or find out about a celebration taking place near you.