Afghanistan Festivals

National Holidays: Based on Afghan/Persian Solar Calendar (365 days) Now-Roz (New Year) March 21 Victory of the Muslim Nations April 28 Anniversary of Revolution April 29 Afghan Independence Day August 19 National Labour Day (May Day) May 1 Religious Holidays: Based on Islamic Lunar Calendar (355 days) Islamic New Year (First of Muharram) February 1, […]

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Chinese New Year Traditions

Chinese New Year Traditions Even though the climax of the Chinese New Year, Nian, lasts only two or three days including the New Year’s Eve, the New Year season extends from the mid-twelfth month of the previous year to the middle of the first month of the new year. A month from the New Year, […]

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Cambodia Cultural Info

Khmer architecture reached its zenith during the Angkorian era (seen in Angkor Wat and the structures of Angkor Thom). Many fine examples of Khmer sculpture can be found in the National Museum in Phnom Penh. Cambodia’s classical dance is highly stylised and usually accompanied by an orchestra or choral narration. Theravada Buddhism is the dominant […]

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Philippine Fiestas and Holidays

Philippine Fiestas and Holidays The fiesta is part and parcel of Filipino culture. Through good times and bad times, the fiesta must go on. Each city and barrio has at least one local festival of its own, usually on the feast of its patron saint, so that there is always a fiesta going on somewhere […]

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Myanmar Festivals

Monthly Festivals in Myanmar (Burma) Myanmar is a Land of Festivals: a festivals for every month of the year. Most festival are cultural and religious. Majority are nation-wide celebrated while a few are distinctly regional. The dates of the festivals and special events are determined by the Lunar Year. Myanmar Festival Calendar – 2005 From […]

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Thingyan, The Water Festival

Among the many festivals in Myanmar, Thingyan is the merriest and one of the few observed all over the country. Thingyan welcomes the Myanmar New Year by washing away the dirt of the body and bad memories of the old year. Everyone who ventures out of the house risks getting doused from head to toe […]

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Laos Festivals

January Bun Pha Wet – Falling on different dates throughout the month – so that people can exchange invitations with friends and families in different villages to join in their celebrations – this festival is a commemoration of the Jataka, the life story of Lord Buddha as Prince Vestsantara. The story is recited in temples […]

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Bhutan Traditional Festivals

The festivals in Bhutan have reputations for being raucous, joyous affairs. The most popular for tourists are those held in Thimphu, Paro and Bumthang . They mark the busiest time of the year for the tourism industry. Airplane tickets and hotel rooms are frequently difficult to come by. The dzongs come to life with color, […]

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Bangladesh Fairs and Festivals

Fairs and festivals have always played a significant role in the life of the citizens of this country. They derive from them a great amount of joy, entertainment and color for life. While most of the festivals have sprung from religious rituals, the fairs have their roots in the very heart of the people, irrespective […]

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Festivals & Holidays

Festivals In Brunei festivals are always celebrated with colour, enthusiasm and happiness. Young and old from different races come together in a spirit of unity that we are justifiably proud of. We invite you to join us, and enjoy the unique traditions that have been passed down to us by preceeding generations. National Day Celebrations […]

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