The Most Important Chinese Events
Chinese festivals have been celebrated for centuries and here’s why Chinese events are worth attending! We offer you to join:
Chinese New Year Festival
When: February 5
Also known as the Chinese Spring Festival, this is without a doubt one of the most important Chinese festivals with a history of more than 4000 years and you will get to know about Chinese new year traditions on this day.
Yuan Xiao Festival
When: February 19
Also called the traditional Lantern Festival in China, this festival involves enjoying the sight of beautiful lanterns of different shapes and sizes at night.
When: September 24
The Mid-Autumn Festival is a traditional holiday originating from the worship of the moon and it symbolizes harvest and family reunion.
When: June 7
Also known as the Dragon Boat festival, people celebrate by gathering together to take part or watch the dragon boat races, especially in the southern areas of China.
When: October 17
This festival is also known as the Double Ninth Festival. During the Chongyang festival, people celebrate by eating Chongyang cake. In some parts of the country, people go mountain climbing or travel to areas where they can admire chrysanthemums and it is indeed a major festival that is celebrated with a lot of pomp.
Iconic Japanese Festivals
Big Japanese festivals are a fun, unforgettable — and often very crowded — way to see a bit of Japanese culture. Become a part of :
Shogatsu (New Year)
When: December 30 - January 3
It's considered one of the biggest festivals in Japan. Shogatsu is observed by enjoying many traditional foods that vary between regions in Japan.
Setsubun (The Bean-Throwing Festival)
When: February 3 or 4
Setsubun is an old tradition that has evolved into a televised event. Small stages are set up around the country, many at shrines and temples. Candy and money are thrown into the crowds.
Hanami (Cherry Blossom Festival)
When: March - May
Families, friends, and coworkers compete for quiet spots in busy parks to enjoy picnics and parties. A little revelry takes place beneath the blooms.
Obon is a three-day celebration of ancestors' spirits that come home to rest and is the most widely observed of Japanese festivals in summer.
Southeast Asia's Top Festivals
The region's most popular festivals originate from a wide variety of religious and cultural traditions. Include to your travel list:
When: February 8
Where: Malaysia and Singapore
Thousands of devotees carry offerings called kavadi, attached to each devotee's skin with 108 metal skewers each.
When: April 13-15
Where: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand
This traditional new year celebration occurs around the end of the planting season. The celebrations are marked with the act of throwing water on passersby.
When: May 18
Where: Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos
As it's believed that good deeds done on this day will return more merit than any other time of the year. Great celebration with lanterns.
Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr
When: June 5
Where: Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore
Tourists can chow on Ramadan food at the "pasar malam" or night markets that populate the streets - take your pick from curries, rice cakes, and other Malaysian street foods.