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Watch ATN-Wednesday 11th October
We have special news reports from AMS national televisions under the ATN or ASEAN Television News Project. Aiming to promote ASEAN awareness and feeling of ASEAN Community among Lao and ASEAN people by producing and disseminating stories covering the activities.
ATN project is being implemented by Lao National Television English Language News program
In our today’s news episode, we have SULTAN - GOLDEN JUBILEE from Royal Television Brunei or RTB. ALTERNATIVE BURIAL METHODS from Channel News Asia of Singapore and VU LAN FESTIVAL from Vietnam Television-or VTV
Brunei: The Golden Jubilee Procession marks the glorious history of 50 years of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalams reign. The historic moment is a sharing of experiences between the people, of interest to foreign tourists and saw broad international media.
The historic ceremony witnessed His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha in the procession around Bandar Seri Begawan on the Royal Carriage.Their Majesties were driven on a Royal Chariot around the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, which is full of tradition and customs.
The historic celebration was witnessed by almost 17 thousand government officers and staff. Citizen and residents in the country and communities residing in the country witnessed the uniqueness and authentic Bruneian royal traditions and customs.
The traditional procession around the capital city, which reflects the rich tradition and undivided support of the people, also attracts the attention of foreign tourists. The visitors are eager to observe the event. Tourists from all over the world witnessed the colourful procession.
One of His Majestys biggest achievements since the monarchs accession to the throne was leading Brunei Darussalam to independence on the 1st of January 1984. Since then, the country has established diplomatic relations with 170 countries and has 43 envoys in friendly nations as well as regional and international organisations.
Soon, people may have the option of scattering the cremated remains of their loved ones on land - with authorities set to hold consultations to gather feedback on this over the next few months.
Singapore: Once a year during the Qingming Festival, families head out to their ancestors graves or niches to pay their respects. But as families get smaller and even migrate, more are opting to have their remains or those of their loved ones cremated and scattered, so as not to burden the future generation.
(Nicky Teo, Funeral Director, Funeral Solutions)
“Very few young people want to practise this kind of yearly upkeeping of the tomb or visit the columbarium. By scattering ashes into the sea, they dont have to do this yearly ritual during the Qingming festival.”
Up to a quarter of the funerals the firm handles are sea burials, while these account for 10 per cent of all funerals managed by Direct Funeral Services.
One of those who wish to be buried at sea is Mr Jeffrey Chew.
(Jeffrey Chew, Regional Sales Director)
“It’s neater, there’s no burden. There will be no chance of neglect over time.” But theres a growing interest in scattering ashes on land, which is currently not allowed in Singapore.
Citing interest from the public who want other ways of remembering their loved ones, instead of keeping their cremated remains in a vessel, the National Environment Agency said its now looking at introducing scattering cremated remains on land but only at facilities that are run by the government. This is already practised in countries like South Korea, Taiwan, and Australia. NEA said it will consult the industry on things like how the place will look like, as well as cultural and religious considerations.”
(Harmony Tee, Funeral Consultant, Funeral Solutions)
Maybe the more traditional people might think that its a bit... pantang. For example, if Im a resident living nearby, I may not want to live near the lot of land where the ash may be scattered.”
Vietnam: Today is the 15th day of the seventh lunar month, which is also the Vu Lan festival, aiming to pay tribute to motherly love. This is an important Buddhist ritual. In Ho Chi Minh City, many monks and nuns visited Vĩnh Nghiêm Pagoda from the early in the morning. They burnt incense and wore roses. The Vu Lan Festival is intended to encourage people to respect and cherish their parents. This is also an occasion to pray for happiness and peace. Vu Lan Festival in Ho Chi Minh CITY will continue with series of meaningful activities during this month.
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