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East Timor makes Expo debut

07-14-2010 08:52 BJT Special Report:Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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As the first new sovereign state of the 21st century in 2002, East Timor is the youngest country in Asia.

Now, making its first appearance at the World Expo in Shanghai, East Timor is celebrating its National Pavilion Day. Let's drop by and see how they illustrate the theme "Be with Us, Be with Nature."

Dressed in traditional costumes and accompanied by folk instruments and singing, the artists presented a "white scarf dance" to convey their best wishes to the distinguished guests.

A lospalos-style roof, carved wooden door, processed palm leaves, and a dazzling array of handicrafts depict a unique look of Timor-Leste. With the help of lighting, the country's natural scenery, scenes of work and entertainment of its people are displayed, showing the harmonious coexistence between humanity and nature.

Making its first appearance at the World Expo in Shanghai, East Timor is celebrating its National Pavilion Day.
Making its first appearance at the World Expo in Shanghai, East Timor is celebrating
its National Pavilion Day.

The culture of the Southeast Asian country reflects numerous influences, including Portuguese, Roman Catholic, and Malaysia. Legend has it that a giant crocodile was transformed into the island of Timor, or Crocodile Island, as it is often called.

The nation has been reborn after a long period of colonization and warfare. Now, its major population consists of senior-aged people and children. But local residents greatly enjoy what they have inherited from their ancestors, the sea, coffee, coconuts, and sandal wood. They fish, carve handicrafts, and live in harmony with nature.

Editor:Liu Fang |Source:

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