Asia- May-Jun-Jul

Seasonal Activities

Philippines
May (annual) / Pulilan / Pulilan Carabao Festival
See a water buffalo like never before - oiled, shaved and generally ornamented - during the Pulilan Carabao Festival. Families gather their carabao, scrape off the mud, and even smarten them up by shaving their hair.

Japan
Ohanami or enjoying cherry blossoms in bloom

Japan
Hanamatsu or birthday of Buddha celebrated in temples

Japan
Kyoto/Kyo Odori geisha dances

Japan
Tanto or Children’s Day where samurai warrior helmet and carp streamers are displayed to wish boys healthy growth.

Japan
Tanabata celebrated in elementary schools, written wishes are attached to bamboo trees.

Japan
May Aoi Festival in Kyoto, along the Kamo River /procession of revellers wearing period costumes.

Japan
July Gion Matsuri Festival in Kyoto-traditional foods and costumes

Japan
Sanja Matsuri festival in May featuring portable shrines and costumes of the wildly exuberant side of Japan

China
Daily, May 1 – Oct 31, 2010 / SHANGHAI
World Expo 2010
http://en.expo2010.cn
The Shanghai World Expo 2010 continues the in the grand tradition of international fairs and expositions. The theme of the exposition will be "Better City – Better Life" and signifies Shanghai's new status in the 21st century as a major economic and cultural center. It is expected to generate the largest number of visitors in the history of the world's fairs in terms of gross numbers. Nations and organizations use the fair as a platform to demonstrate newest technologies, science, art and ideas.

Maledives
Jul 9 (annual) / Republic Square / Independence Day
Every year, the 26 July marks the biggest national event in the Maldives. Republic Square hosts the official celebration of Independence Day to mark the Maldivian anniversary of independence from the British in 1965. Processions and performances depict both traditional and modern themes and make for an entertaining night out.


Sri Lanka
Jun (annual) / Ambasthale Dagoba / Poson Festival
The Poson Festival commemorates the conversion of Sri Lanka to Buddhism in the 3rd century BC. Illuminations and processions take place all over the country, but the best place to see the festival is at Mihintale.

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