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New Year Superstitions You Need To Know When Chinese Dating

New Year’s Superstitions You Need To Know When Chinese Dating

It may be too early to say “Happy New Year” but here’s a piece of advice that you’ll appreciate knowing before the New Year arrives. Since you’re obviously into Chinese dating scene, there are superstitions that you should be aware of so you can:

  • Bring good luck upon yourself (if you are superstitious too).
  • Impress your Chinese date with your knowledge of this aspect of her culture.
  • Understand the Chinese culture a little more.

New Year’s Superstitious Beliefs That Might Bring You Good Luck When Chinese Dating

New Year is a very important occasion for, not just for the Chinese but for most Asians. They believe that whatever you do during the first day of the New Year will determine how the rest of your year will be. Here’s a quick list of New Year superstitious beliefs that Chinese practice:

1. Be Positive

Let’s start with something easy to remember. Being positive may not seem like an extravagant superstitious practice, but remember that whatever you do during the first day of the year will follow you throughout.

So, if you’re happy and positive, the rest of your year will be the same. This means no arguing, no fighting, no crying, no sulking, no backbiting, and all kind of other bad behaviors.

2. Cook Noodles Or Spaghetti

Any menu with long noodles or pasta will be fitting to cook during the first day of the new year. The length of the noodles or pasta you serve, first, represents a period of your life. The longer the noodles or pasta, the better your health, and the further away you are from accidents.

Second, it symbolizes how long your luck will last in the new year. So, again, the longer, the better.

3. Wear Red

Red is the luckiest among the colors for the Chinese. Red traditionally symbolizes happiness and good fortune. If you’ve gone to any Chinese celebration, you’ll notice that the typical color for the decorations is red. The common color of clothing for those attending the festival is also red.

4. Skip Cutting your Hair

As a matter of fact, you should skip cutting your nails as well. Cutting your hair or your nails may mean that you are cutting off good luck from yourself.

How Will You Use These Information When Chinese Dating?

You can practice the superstitious beliefs on the list, or you can engage in a conversation with a beautiful Chinese woman telling her what you’ve learned about her culture.

Another great way to use this information is by putting them on your dating profile before New Year comes. For example, you can say something like:

“This year, I am going to wear red during New Year. It’s a lucky color in Chinese culture so maybe wearing it could bring me more luck in meeting my dream girl.”

It’s a conversation-starter that will make your dating profile more interesting. Do you want to try your luck with Asian ladies? Practice the beliefs you’ve just learned about during New Year, and then log in to AsianDate. For more news about the Asian culture, check out other interesting posts on our blog.

Asian Date | The Fascinating World Of Kumaris: Nepal’s Living Goddesses

The Fascinating World Of Kumari, Nepal’s Living Goddesses

Have you ever heard of a living god or goddess before? You most probably have not because it is not common. The deities that we know of in many religions, Greek mythology or even in our story books, usually manifest in the form of a spirit. But, the Kumaris of Nepal are different because they are living and breathing.

Introducing The Kumari

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The Kumari can be as young as 4 years old. She has to live in a palace until she becomes a teen.

Yes, you read that right. In Nepal, a Kumari or Kumari Devi is a tradition where pre-pubescent, young girls are chosen and worshiped as living goddesses. In the Hindu religion, the chosen young girl is believed to be a manifestation of the female energy or devi. Practitioners also believe that the goddess Telaju presents herself in the chosen young girl. There are several Kumaris, one for each practicing region. The highest Kumari, however, is known as the Royal Kumari of Kathmandu.

Kumari’s believers pray to her and ask for their wishes to be granted. Gazing upon her is considered to bring good fortune in a believer’s life.

The Story Of Telaju And The King

One cannot fully grasp the tradition without understanding the most familiar story of how the tradition of Kumari began. There are several legends, but there’s a striking pattern to the legends – it involves King Jayaprakash Malla, the last Nepalese king of the Malla Dynasty. He and the Goddess Telaju have been playing a game of dice almost every night. The deal was for Telaju to continue playing the game as long as the King didn’t tell anyone of their meetings.

Out of curiosity, the queen secretly followed the king one night, to see who he has frequently been meeting. When the goddess Telaju found out, she was very angered and told the king that if he wanted to see her and still keep protecting his country, he would have to look for her among common people as she would reincarnate in a little girl. King obeyed and the tradition of Kumari was born.

What Happens When A Kumari Is Chosen?

Little girls as young as 4 years old will have to leave their family and live in the palace. The majority of the time they are looked after by their servants and only leave the palace when they are needed for ceremonial occasions. Kumari’s family rarely visits her. She doesn’t have a lot of playmates growing up like regular children. When she enters adolescents and menstruates, that’s the time that she leaves the palace and returns to her family. It is said that blood is a sign of the goddess Telaju leaving her body.

This is just one of the many interesting practices the Asian culture has. To know more about Asia and its people, check out more posts on our blog.

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Asian Date | What K-Pop Stars Can Teach You About Dating Asians

The Insiders Teach You About Dating Asians

Have you ever heard of the term K-pop? K is simply short for Korean, while pop, in this expression, refers to the music genre. Basically, K-pop is the shortened version of Korean popular music. It’s so popular that you don’t have to explain what the expression means to an Asian because K-pop is a booming industry even outside of Korea. But, what does this have to do with dating Asians?

How Studying K-pop Stars Can Help With Dating Asians

We’ll get to that in a little bit. First, you’ve probably already figured out that K-pop stars are the boy bands and girl bands of the Asian world. They’re like the Backstreet Boys or One Direction, only “upgraded”. We use the term “upgraded” because groups who attempt to break into the industry have to undergo rigorous training for one whole year before they are debuted to the public.

Now, we can talk about how K-pop stars can help you with dating Asians. A closer look at why Asians go crazy over the dancing, singing, and acting idols can give you some tips on how you can attract Asian women. Read the following tips that we can all learn from observing K-pop stars:

1. K-pop stars take care of themselves.

Remember that one year of training that K-pop stars have to go through? Well, it involves dozens of dancing rehearsals. This serves as a K-pop star’s form of exercise. You should also have some exercise yourself. It doesn’t have to be dancing. It can be any exercise that fits your lifestyle. Asian women are attracted to men who have a fit physique, so you better start working out now.

2. K-pop stars pay attention to style.

Are we saying that you have to dress up like a K-pop star? Not at all, because sticking to your personal style – a style that you’re comfortable with – is the best way to go. Just make sure that, whatever personal style you have, you’re updated with the latest trends, and you know what looks good on your body. It could also be time for a makeover, don’t you think?

3. They’re confident performers.

Ok, so you’re not going to perform in front of your Asian date. But, you can show your confidence in other ways. The way you act, the way you speak and, generally, how you conduct yourself during dates will help your Asian date see how confident you really are.

4. Humility

If you’re not into K-pop culture, you’ve probably haven’t seen how K-pop stars address their fans. They’re very humble in doing so. While your date may not be a crazy fan waiting for your signature, you have to remember to be humble when on dates. Be humble when you treat waiters or servers. Be humble when you talk about your achievements and so on.

Do all of four of these tips, and you’re basically similar to a K-pop idol. With enough practice, you’re going to have Asian girls lining up to meet and date you! Just don’t forget to show off your personal style which is very important in the K-pop industry. For more dating tips, check out more posts on our blog.

The Borobudur Temple May Fall Short of the Seven Wonders of the World List, But It’s Still Pretty Awesome

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Sometimes we just have to pause our fantastic internet-fueled 21st century lives to appreciate elements of the world that have outlived us, centuries over. This is one of those times, and Indonesia’s Borobudur temple is one of those things.

The magnificent Borobudur temple is the world’s biggest Buddhist monument. Built during the reign of the Syailendra dynasty, the temple’s design in the Gupta architecture style reflects India’s influence on the region, yet there are enough indigenous scenes and elements incorporated to make Borobudur uniquely Indonesian. This awe-inspiring monument is Indonesia’s most visited tourist attraction, and a famous icon of Indonesia’s cultural heritage.

The monument is located in the Kedu Valley, in the south central part of the island of Java. The full Borobudur Temple Compound consists of three monuments: the Borobudur temple and two smaller temples situated to the east on a straight axis to Borobudur. The two temples are the Mendut Temple, whose depiction of Buddha is represented by a formidable monolith accompanied by two Bodhisattvas, and the Pawon Temple, a smaller temple whose inner space does not reveal which deity might have been the object of worship. Those three monuments represent phases in the attainment of Nirvana.

The structure, composed of 55,000 square meters of lava-rock is erected on a hill in the form of a stepped-pyramid of six rectangular stories, three circular terraces, and a central stupa forming the summit. The whole structure is in the form of a lotus, the sacred flower of Buddha.

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There is no historical record of exactly who is responsible for building the massive temple, but comparison of the conditions of different carvings and the traditional inscriptions made at the outset or end of such a massive undertaking place its construction between approximately 750 AD and 825 AD. So, it took a human life span to erect, and it’s been in place for over a millennium.

It hasn’t been an uneventful millennium-and-then-some for the Borobudur temple, though. Ravaged by weather, volcanic ash, and natural jungle overgrowth, it was essentially abandoned and left to decay, only to be “rediscovered” in the early 1800s when British and Dutch colonizers set out on expeditions to take full inventory of their new terrain.

It was a curio, visitor attraction, and source of looted souvenirs for the remainder of that century, until government officials embarked upon a restoration between 1907 and 1911. That was focused primarily on cleaning the sculptures, but subsequent restoration efforts would be needed to address moisture and drainage issues and structural damage.

A full restoration was launched by the Indonesian government, with aid from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). That took from 1975 to 1982, leading to UNESCO listing Borobudur as a World Heritage Site.

Although it is frequently referred to as “one of the seven wonders,” it is unclear whether Borobudur temple was ever actually on an internationally recognized list of the Seven Wonders of the World, as there have been a number of lists compiled and revised since the 1st list of ancient wonders, but there has been recent outrage that a campaign to include Borobudur on the “New 7 Wonders” list was unsuccessful. It is a wonder in the court of public opinion, and it is undeniably an awesome marvel of design, construction, and longevity.