Asia has often been called the land of festivals, for every month and season brings with it an array of vibrant and colourful festivals. Here’s our pick of five of the most enjoyable (and equally spectacular) festivals in Asia celebrated during the Spring and Summer season.
13-15 April, 2017
The traditional Thai New Year is celebrated all over Thailand with parades, beauty contests, elaborate floats, sandcastle building, and most important of all- tons of good-natured water splashing. Head to Chiang Mai, Phuket, or Bangkok for a wild and wet Songkran experience.
Hanami (Cherry Blossom Viewing Festival), Japan
April and May 2017
The shift from winter to spring brings out the delicate sakura (cherry blossom) flowers that stay in bloom for only two weeks each year. Watch the ethereal pink blooms during early April in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. If you miss the early blossoms, you can still head out to Sapporo, where the flowers bloom later during the month of May.
Wiasak (Vesak) Day , Indonesia
11 May 2017
The holiest day in the Buddhist calendar, Wiasak Day is a public holiday in Bali and the rest of Indonesia. The focal point of the celebrations take place in Borobudur, in Central Java, but visitors will also find most temples in Bali beautifully decorated with elaborate flower decorations.
Korean Lantern Festival, South Korea
28- 30 April 2017
Held in honour of Buddha’s birthday, the Lantern festival is a great time to visit Seoul. Witness the spectacular sight of more 100,000 brightly colored lanterns, which are hung around the streets of Seoul symbolizing offerings of light and compassion, along with several other interesting cultural programs.
Gawai Dayak, Malaysia
1 June 2017
Both a religious and cultural celebration, Gawai Dayak, is a centuries old harvest festival of the indigenous people of Sarawak. The festival presents the opportunity to enjoy a varied cultural display including war dances, cockfights, blowpipe competitions, and beauty pageants.
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