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How different Asian countries celebrate Labour Day?

How different Asian countries celebrate Labour Day?

Labour Day also known as International Worker's Day originated in 1886 in Chicago, America, where workers began a peaceful rally, demanding workers should not be allowed to work more than 8 hours each day and overall better working rights. During the protest a bomb was released, causing mass havoc, several casualties and more than 100 people being injured by the blast. This tragic event was the catalyst for the international labour movement.

Since then, over 80 countries around the world continue to celebrate the achievements made by workers and trade unions. This annual holiday is usually acknowledged on the 1st of May, but varies across countries.


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 China

In China, Labour Day has been celebrated since 1950 and it is remembered by a three-day weekend, usually celebrated by visiting scenic locations around the country. Such as Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and the Yungang Grottoes. Site seeing is typically done during this long weekend, as the government reduces admissions fees around over 1,200 tourist destinations during this holiday period, with an average discount rate of 20%. Sightseeing is also made even more cheaper with the cost of highway tolls being free of charge for small passenger vehicles. This day is also celebrated with award ceremonies where workers are given praise and officials project a grand speech to commemorate the day. 


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India

On the contrary to China, India uses this day as not only a day of commemoration and celebration to the men and women who have worked tirelessly towards making our lives better but it is a day of protests and pain for those who still do not have proper working rights and regulations. In India workers participate in a procession to continue to fight for their safety at work and overall better working rights. The red flag that represents the working class was raised for the first time in 1923, and The Triumph of Labour Statue remains on the Marina Beach in Chennai, in recognition of the first Labour Day celebration in the country.


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Thailand

The celebration of Labour Day, also known as May Day in Thailand is celebrated with a public holiday but only to those within private sector groups participate, as retailers remain open within shopping malls. On the morning of May 1st, there is parade with marching bands to lead the procession. Live music, social gatherings and cooking competitions are organised for the evening. Thailand understands that the working conditions are still not up to standard but this day is a time of dance, music and delicious food. 


If you aren't going to be celebrating Labour Day in Asia, you can still recreate the celebration and feast at home with the help of our wide range of products available here. We hope you celebrate the dedication of workers everywhere with an authentic Asian meal to share. 

How is Golden Week celebrated Japan?

How is Golden Week celebrated Japan?

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The Golden Week is a collection of national holidays which is one of the busiest times of the year in Japan, besides the Lunar New Year and Obon week. If you're planning to travel to Japan between April 29th - May 5th be aware that trains, airports and sightseeing spots can get very crowded, and accommodation in tourist areas can also be booked out.

Golden Week is also planting season and this is when the first crop of green tea is harvested. Commonly known as ichibancha, the first picking of green tea is widely regarded as the tastiest of the three yearly pickings (the others which occur in July and September). Going to a traditional Japanese tea room is the only way to try some of the best green tea of the season. Learn more about this week with our information below! 

Showa Day (April 29th)

Showa Day, also known as Showa no Hi is an annual holiday honouring the birthday of Emperor Showa (Hirohito) the reigning Emperor from 1926 to 1989. As part of tradition, families visit Hirohito's tomb located in Hachioji during the holiday and reflect on Emperor's Showa's influence on Japan. 


Constitution Day (May 3rd)

On May 3rd 1947 the new post-war constitution was put into effect, and is commemorated each year during the period of Golden Week. Unlike the Meiji Constitition which it replaced, the current Constitution states that sovereignty lies with the people of Japan, and that the Emperor is the symbol of the state and unity of the people who has no powers related to the government. Ceremonies take place throughout the country, and thousands of people attend talks to learn more about the importance of Constitution Day.


Greenery Day (May 4th)

Also known as Midori no hi, Greenery Day is a holiday dedicated to nature and the environment which was celebrated in honour of Emperor Showa. This holiday was usually celebrated on April 29th to coincide with the former Emperors birthday, but was then moved to May 4th after his death. On this day, families spend their time outdoors in the warm spring weather and appreciate the nature around them! 

 

Children's Day (May 5th)

Known in Japan as Kodomo no hi, this is a day where families pray for the health and success of their sons by hanging up Samurai dolls, which symbolise strength and power in life.

If you aren't planning to visit Japan for Golden Week this year, easily achieve an authentic taste at home with our spice pastes and sauces. For a colourful explosion on your taste buds, more ideas on dishes and ingredients, check out our wide range of products available here.



Celebrate Sikh New Year With These Vegetarian Dishes

Celebrate Sikh New Year With These Vegetarian Dishes

Vaisakhi (also known as Baisakhi) is one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar where thanks is given to farmers during the spring harvest festival. Offers of thanks are given to God for the abundant harvest, prayers for future prosperity are also a main priority during Vaisakhi. Dancing, singing, and enjoying home-cooked meals with family are just some of the ways the Solar New Year is celebrated in north India and by the People of Punjab.

Since there is so much importance placed on a family feast, here are just some of the most popular dishes you can expect to find during the holiday of Vaisakhi which are also all vegetarian.

Chhole Bhature

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This is a popular Indian dish which is a central part of Punjabi cuisine. The combination of chickpeas (chhole) are cooked in a tangy curry and wrapped in fried bread (bhature) made from refined flour dough. This dish can be eaten as breakfast, lunch or even dinner and is often served with a refreshing glass of buttermilk!


Pindi chana

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Pindi chanda masala is a spicy vegetarian dish which is a favourite during the new year festivities. It's prepared by cooking chickpeas alongside spices such as peppercorn, garlic gloves, cardamom and bay leaves to give an extra burst of flavour.


 Kheer

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Kheer is a sweet rice and fruit pudding which is one of the most beloved treats in India. During Vaisakhi, this dish is served with a variety of sweet fruits such as apricots, figs, dried raisins, and peaches and cooked with cardamom and saffron.


 

Coconut ladoo

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Also known as Nariyal Ke Laddoo, these tasty coconut treats are served cold as a sweet dessert during the Vaisakhi celebrations. They are made from grated coconut, semolina, sugar and condensed milk and ghee to achieve their unique taste and texture.

If you aren't planning on celebrating Vaisakhi in India anytime soon, you can still recreate authentic Indian cuisine from your own kitchen. For a colourful explosion on your taste buds, more ideas on dishes and ingredients, check out Asian Home Gourmet's wide range of products here

Best cities in India for street food

Best cities in India for street food


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When one thinks of India, their mind might go straight to the Taj Mahal, Bollywood or a spicy curry. However, India's cuisine extends way further than just hot curries. The country is made up of thousands of diverse subcultures, each bringing their own language, religion, rituals, architecture and food. While most people are familiar with the classic Indian dishes like Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Rogan Josh and Butter Chicken, many are yet to uncover India's version of fast food.

Indian street food offers a wide and wonderful range of delicious dishes that are easy to carry and eat on the bustling streets. Here's our list of the best street food dishes in India's cities. 


Delhi

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Delhi is India's capital territory and is a massive metropolitan area in the country's north. It is also one of the best places to find and try street food.

Although Chole Bhature is a Punjabi dish, Delhi is recognised as having the very best rendition of this popular dish. It is a combination of spicy white chickpeas and a fried bread made from maida flour, and is accompanied with green chutney or even a lassi if you choose to have the dish for breakfast.


Mumbai

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Being India's largest city and the heart of the Bollywood film industry has exposed Mumbai to a great variety of on-the-go Indian cuisine.

Vada Pav is the perfect grab and go snack! The potato patty is mashed with garlic, chillies and coriander, dipped in chickpea flour and then fried until golden. If that isn't enough carbs, it is then laid in pav, a fluffy bread roll that's buttered and spread with coriander chutney and sprinkled with garlic and chilli powder.  


Kolkata

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Kolkata is known for its grand colonial architecture, art galleries and cultural festivals, as well as being the headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity that was founded by Mother Teresa.

Regarding food, it is known for Kathi Rolls. The flaky flour paratha is rolled up with egg, skewers of mutton or chicken, paneer and is combined with sauces, spices and veggies. The roll can be easily held in one hand and is loved by students and office workers. 


Amritsar

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Amritsar is the holiest city of the Sikhs. At the centre of its walled town is the gilded Golden Temple, which is the holiest religious complex of the Sikh religion.

For those seeking salvation through food, Phirni is a must have. The thickened milk, dried fruit and rice based dessert is served with almonds or pistachios and cardamom flavour. The dessert can be easily eaten on the streets but is also a must on festive occasions like Diwali. This super creamy and rich dish is the perfect way to end a day of eating hot Indian food.

If you aren't planning on hitting up the streets of India anytime soon, you can still easily enjoy the taste of India from your own kitchen. Enjoy classic Indian dishes by using Asian Home Gourmet spice paste for  Tikka Masala, Vindaloo Curry and our personal favourite, Asian Home Gourmet Butter Chicken. For a colourful explosion on your taste buds, more ideas on dishes and ingredients, check out Asian Home Gourmet's wide range of products here




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