Asia - Aug-Sep-Oct

Seasonal Activities

Japan
Jidai Matsuri Festival in Kyoto celebrates Kyoto’s inception as Japan’s capital-costumed procession.

Japan
Kurama Fire Festival-giant watch-fires lit throughout the town.

Singapore
Aug (annual) / Marina Bay / National Day Parade
Singaporeans celebrate their National Day of Independence with a parade of death-defying stunts by the Singapore Armed Forces, harmonies from a 2000-strong combined schools' choir and dazzling pyrotechnics. Afterwards, spectators join the parade members to dance joyously in the streets.

Singapore
Sep (annual) / Singapore/ Ramadan /
Join in the local community's festivites and see traditional dance performances, held in the dead of night during the fasting month of Ramadan in Singapore's Malaysian quarter.


Mongolia
Sep 17 – 18 (annual) / Gun Galuut Reserve / Nomad’s Day
Nomad's Day at the Steppe Nomads Camp in Gun Galuut Reserve offers visitors an insight into the life of Mongolian nomads. Ever wondered how fast you can assemble a ger, or Mongolian tent? Now's your chance to find out...

Singapore
Oct (annual) / Sri Mariamman Temple / Fire Walking at Theemidhi
Fire-walking is the major event of the Theemidhi Festival, which takes place close to the start of Deepavali, the Festival of Lights. Barefoot Hindus walk across white-hot embers at the Sri Mariamman Temple in honour of the goddess Draupadi.


Thailand
Oct 4 – 5 (annual) / Nong Khai / Naga Fireballs at Nong Khai Province
The Mekong River is home to a strange, beautiful and baffling phenomenon; the Naga Fireballs. On the full moon night of October, coinciding with the end of the Buddhist Rains Retreat, hundreds of colourful fireballs rise out of the river.

Thailand
Nov 1-2 ( annual) / Ping River / Loi Krathong Sai Festival
Loi Krathong Sai is Thailand's beautiful annual Festival of Lights. In the Tak province, local people thread together coconut shells and launch them into the Ping River at the 200-year-old Rattanakosin Bridge, creating a floating string of lights.


Thailand
Nov 21 - 22 (annual) / Sri Narong Stadium / Surin Elephant Round-Up
The Surin Elephant Round-Up brings thousands to the Sri Narong Stadium, where some 250 trained elephants are assembled. The spectacular shows include elephant football, tug-of-war, demonstrations of log-pulling skills and a wonderful parade of elephants outfitted for medieval warfare.


Vietnam
Sep (annual) / Cham communities / Kate Festival
The Cham kingdom ruled central Vietnam for 14 centuries, hemmed in by Khmers to the south and Vietnamese to the north. Today just 100,000 Chams and a handful of tower ruins remain. This festival is an important one for the culture of the Chams, one of many minority groups making up Vietnam's ethnic mosaic.

Maledives
Oct (annual) / Maledives / World Food Day
World Food Day is celebrated on 16 October with the aim of preventing children around the world from going hungry. Every year, the Maldives join more than 150 countries to make a stand against child hunger.

Nepal
Sep – Oct (annual) / Kathmandu / Indra Jatra
It is a well-known fact that Hinduism and Buddhism are the two major religions of Nepal, each having its own rules and rituals. However, Hindus and Buddhists unite each year to celebrate the festival of Indra Jatra in Kathmandu.

Sri Lanka
Sep (annual) / Mount Lavinia Beach / National Festival of Kites
The National Festival of Kites is held annually to encourage the creativity of Sri Lankan children and adults. Every September, large crowds gather to admire a sky filled with kites made from colourful sarees and dried leaves.

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