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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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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Buddhist Rains Retreat

It is now official. The rainy season will last for three more months. This comes as a surprise to me as I have already been going out my door with umbrella in hand and returning with wet feet for some time. The official day for the beginning of the rains is the Buddhist holiday Khao […]

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Yee Peng (Loy Krathong) in Sansai

The special Yee Peng (Loy Krathong) in Sansai, Chiang Mai, Thailand Not a secret anymore, but still spectacular What used to be almost a secret, or at best only known to a few foreigners living in Chiang Mai, has nowadays developed into a more well known activity. The Yee Peng celebrations and festivities at the […]

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Loi Krathong Festival

 A shopkeeper puts the finishing touches on a colourful krathong. The full moon night of the twelfth lunar month (usually in mid-November) is the time for the Loi Krathong festival. The word loi in Thai means “to float”, while krathong refers to a cup most commonly made from banana leaves. A candle is placed inside […]

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Ploughing Ceremony

The Ploughing Ceremony in progress. The annual Ploughing Ceremony takes place during the sixth lunar month, at the Pramane Ground near the Grand Palace in Bangkok. One of Thailand’s most interesting events, the Ploughing Ceremony is of great importance to the country’s farmers. Thailand is basically an agricultural country, with about 80 per cent of […]

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Songkran Festival

The most amazingly wild, wet and sanook of all Thailand’s festivals is Songkran, which starts on April 13 every year and lasts for three wild, wet, and extremely fun days. To the Thai people, this festival is one of religious significance, but it is always one of intense water-throwing as well. Everyone gets soaking wet […]

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