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Of splendour and sportsmanship

Published September 26, 2016 by SoClaimon

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MONGOLIA: Nomad’s Day is, as the name suggests, the most important day in the lives of the Mongolian nomads.

MONGOLIA: Nomad’s Day is, as the name suggests, the most important day in the lives of the Mongolian nomads.

 

From wrestling in Mongolia through performance art in Malaysia and tennis in China, there’s plenty to do in the region this month and next

NOMAD’S DAY

September 17 to 18, Gun Galuut Reserve, Mongolia

Nomad’s Day is, as the name suggests, the most important day in the lives of the Mongolian nomads. The major customs of nomadic life including horsemanship, wrestling and folkloric music and dance are demonstrated on these special days, groups then competing with visitors to load gers, the Mongolian tent, on yak carts, assemble the gers in the shortest time, make milk-tea, catch and tame horses and much more. The best of nomadic traditional cuisine is served on the evening of September 18.

DIVERSECITY

Until October 2, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

DiverseCity is also known as the Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival. An ambitious programme of performing and visual arts, it showcases the rich and nuanced diversity of Malaysia and also explores the close ties and deep relationships with the other counries in the Asean bloc. Visit http://www.Diversecity.my.

FESTIVAL OF THE DEAD (BOUN KHAO SALAK)

September 16, Nationwide, Laos

During the festival of the dead, offerings are presented to Buddhist monks. On the last day, which is always the full moon, every family goes to the temple to make offerings to the deceased, especially to those who have passed away over the last year. It is believed that if the spirits do not receive offerings, the living will suffer from bad luck. In Luang Prabang during the festival, the Mekong is jammed with beautifully carved boats with snake-heads for prows. The serpent, or naga, appears in Buddhist literature as the protector of Lord Buddha and that’s the reason why the boats are sacred and kept inside the temple precincts. Every year, 40 men from each temple parish volunteer to race in their temple’s boats.

SEOUL PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL

September 30 to October 30, Seoul, South Korea

Contemporary drama, dance, musical theatre and interdisciplinary arts are at leading cultural spaces throughout Seoul next month. The festival features some 40 breathtaking performances from Korean and international companies, which highlight the fundamental elements of performing arts from the past as well as draw attention to the possibilities of the present and the future. Visit Spaf.or.kr.

CHINA OPEN TENNIS TOURNAMENT

September 25 to October 9, Beijing, China

The China Open was launched in 2004, and is held in Beijing over the National Day holidays. Hosted by the Beijing Olympic Green Tennis Centre, this elite ATP tour event attracts many of the world’s best tennis players.

NATIONAL DAY RACE DAY

October 1, Hong Kong

The National Day Race on October 1 has long been one of the highlights of Hong Kong’s horse racing calendar. Every year, the Hong Kong Jockey Club presents various spectacular cultural performances at Sha Tin racecourse to commemorate the founding of the People’s Republic of China, attracting thousands of racing fans and visitors.

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Let there be light

Published September 26, 2016 by SoClaimon

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The ancient port town of Hoi An, Central Vietnam, will keep the lights low on September 14 to show off the brightest moon of the year. The festive event coincides with the Mid-Autumn Festival. Photo/hoianfreetour.com

The ancient port town of Hoi An, Central Vietnam, will keep the lights low on September 14 to show off the brightest moon of the year. The festive event coincides with the Mid-Autumn Festival. Photo/hoianfreetour.com

F1 revs up in singapore as lanterns are lit in Hoi An

HOI AN FULL MOON LANTERN FESTIVAL

September, Hoi An, September 14

The ancient town of Hoi An in Central Vietnam will keep electricity use down to the minimum and let the full moon light up the night for its lantern festival. The folks in Hoi An welcome every full moon with a lantern festival but the upcoming lunar event coincides with Mid-Autumn Festival when, it’s said, the moon is at its brightest and most beautiful. The action is centred in the area between the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Cau An Hoi Bridge and spills onto the surrounding streets and river banks. You can’t miss the sea of colourful lanterns if you stay close to the river.

SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX

September 16 to 18, Singapore

Singapore held the first night-time Formula One Grand Prix in September 2008, with 5km of track snaking around Marina Bay under specially designed lights. The thrilling race – which has been dominated by Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso – is held every September and includes a fantastic line-up of events at various locations across Singapore. The terrific atmosphere and enthusiasm of the locals make it one of the best times to visit.

ULTRA BEACH BALI 2016

September 15 to 16, Bali, Indonesia

Ultra Beach, the Bali leg of the world-renowned electronic Ultra Music Festival, is slated to rock the Petitenget beachfront of Potato Head Beach Club Bali this September. International DJs including Martin Garrix, Anna and Afrojack, will take turns to entertain the festival goers. The two-day festival in Bali this follows on from Japan, and will continue with events in Ibiza, Chile and Brazil.

HYOSEOK CULTURAL FESTIVAL

September 2 to 11, Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea

The Hyoseok Cultural Festival is held to commemorate modern Korean writer Lee Hyo-seok and his popular novel “When Buckwheat Flowers Bloom”, which demonstrates the connection between human life and beauty of nature through the dazzling scenery of the author’s hometown. The festival highlights different locations depicted in the novel as well as the area’s folklore and is held at the time when the buckwheat flowers blanket the entire Bongpyeong area. Don’t miss the wide range of foods made from buckwheat and other exciting activities.

AKAN MARIMO MATSURI

October 9 to 10, Hokkaido, Japan

Akan Marimo Matsuri Festival on the shores of Lake Akan brings thousands of visitors to Kushiro, a small town in Hokkaido. Marimo (unique spherical green algae) is the nation’s special natural heritage and a symbol of this festival. Concerned about the destruction of nature, the Ainu people started the festival in 1950. The event features traditional dances and religious rites handed down by the Ainu and sees the Ekashi, as the respected elders are known, go out on Lake Akan in a traditional dugout canoe and gently place the marimo one by one into the lake. At night, visitors can enjoy the Pine Torch Procession and the fireworks display.

Spirits and the soul

Published August 25, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Be careful who or what you might bump into in Mandalay early next month, as locals and spirits gather for the Yadana Gu Spirit Festival.

Be careful who or what you might bump into in Mandalay early next month, as locals and spirits gather for the Yadana Gu Spirit Festival.

There are plenty of festivals coming up this month and next in the Asian region. We take a look at the most interesting

The Yadana Gu Spirit Festival

September 7-11, Myanmar

Held in small town of Amarapura just south of Mandalay, Upper Myanmar, the festival draws thousands of people – and spirits – to the Yadana Gu Spirit Festival. The celebration is led by hundreds of spirit mediums who become possessed by the Nats during the ceremonies. The spirit mediums perform ritual dances and songs accompanied by a traditional Burmese orchestra as festival-goers make offerings of food, flowers, alcohol, and money to the Nats. Travellers and culture buffs will find the Yadana Gu Spirit Festival a fascinating opportunity to witness ancient animists traditions that predate the expansion of Buddhism into the region that is today called Myanmar.

Onam Festival

September, Kerala, India

Ten days before Onam, people start creating their floral mats in front of their houses. Believing that the spirit of King Mahabali is visiting Kerala at the time of Onam, people celebrate and dance to assure the king that his people are happy. The highlight is the strictly vegetarian banquet to honour King Mahabali called Ona Sadya, which is served on the main Onam day. The nine-course feast of 11 mandatory dishes used to be even more elaborate with 64 dishes and is prepared days beforehand. The food has to be served on a banana leaf, laid with the end to the left. There are strict orders of serving and clear directions as to what will be served in which part of the banana leaf. Cutlery is a big faux pas since people eat with hands.

Independence Day Celebration

August 31, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Witness the Merdeka Day Parade at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, in celebration of Malaysia’s Independence Day on August 31. Known locally as Hari Kemerdekaan, it is the time when Malaysians show their appreciation for yet another year of harmony among the people, and are reminded of their country’s struggle for independence. Among the events leading up to the day of the parade are a marathon, a carnival and a concert.

Dai-Chochin Matsuri

August 26 and 27, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

Dai-Chochin Matsuri or the Giant Lantern Festival is one of the brightest and most delightful festivals in Japan. The festival is also called the Suwa Shrine Lantern Festival since the tradition of lighting up lanterns to drive away sea demons started at Suwa Shrine about 450 years ago. Since then it has become the custom to ignite a kagari-bi bonfire, as a Shinto ritual at the festival. Dai-Chochin Matsuri features enormous chochin or paper lanterns which measure more than five metres in diameter and 10 metres in length. The 12 sets of paper lanterns appearing at the festival are depicted with colourful motifs of famous Japanese myths.

Mid-Autumn Festival

September 19, Vietnam

According to legend, the celebration originates from an old folk tale about parents working so hard to get ready for harvest that they forgot about their children. Mid-Autumn Festival is a time when parents will make it up to them. There’s a festive atmosphere in many cities as lights and flowers adorn the streets, toy shops stock their shelves and people flock to buy moon cakes which are sold in shops in the hundreds. The night of September 19 is the best time of the year to watch the full moon (as well as to munch on a moon cake and wash it down with tea).

Best festivals around the world

Published June 28, 2016 by SoClaimon

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FESTIVAL RAMADHAN

FESTIVAL RAMADHAN

NAKAFURANO LAVENDER FESTIVAL

NAKAFURANO LAVENDER FESTIVAL

SINGAPORE FOOD FESTIVAL

SINGAPORE FOOD FESTIVAL

CENTRAL PARK SUMMERSTAGE

CENTRAL PARK SUMMERSTAGE

GION MATSURI

GION MATSURI

BORYEONG MUD FESTIVAL

BORYEONG MUD FESTIVAL

FESTIVAL RAMADHAN

Now until July 6, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Celebrated in honour of the Muslim fasting month, this festival, held around Merdeka Square, features a variety of religious programmes such as Terawih Perdana at Dataran Merdeka (Terawih prayers); festive shopping, Tilawah & Khatam Al-Quran (Quran Recital) in Kelantan; Islamic tourism (ITC), bazaar Ramadhan, Forum Perdana Ramadhan plus performances by embassies, international Imams and many more.

NAKAFURANO LAVENDER FESTIVAL

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July 16, Hokkaido, Japan

Lavender has been cultivated in Hokkaido for more than half a century. Nakafurano town, about four hours on the train from Sapporo Station, will host one of the biggest lavender festivals of the flower season with the lavender and flowers at their most beautiful. The farms also come alive with stalls and children’s entertainment shows. This is the perfect time to come and stay in Furano and experience the festivals.

SINGAPORE FOOD FESTIVAL

July 15 to 31, Singapore

Introduced in 1994, the Singapore Food Festival is an annual event, organised by the Singapore Tourism Board. This eating celebration features a colourful plethora of local cuisines that pay tribute to the City State’s multi-cultural heritage. It serves up a unique opportunity for visitors to get acquainted with local food in both traditional and contemporary ways.

CENTRAL PARK SUMMERSTAGE

Today through September 23, New York City, USA

Enjoy a full schedule of live music, comedy and dance, plus films and recitals in the Big Apple’s Central Park. Approximately 30-35 free performing events are on show while the benefit concerts do the fund-raising. Expect everything from classic New York hip-hop artists in outer-borough NYC parks to big-name indie-rock bands on the Central Park mainstage.

GION MATSURI

July 1 to 29, Kyoto, Japan

The Gion Festival is perhaps Japan’s best known festival, running the entire month of July each year. The highlight is the splendid pageant of some 30 floats called yamaboko that parade along the main streets of Kyoto on July 17 and 24. Each float, two-storied and about six metres tall, is topped with a long pole shaped like a spear. During the parade, children, traditional dolls and musicians are seated on the second level of the floats. Adorned with exquisite craftwork such as woven fabric, dyed textiles and sculptures, these floats are so gorgeous that they are sometimes described as “mobile art museums”.

BORYEONG MUD FESTIVAL

July 15 to 24, Boryeong, South Korea

Get dirty at Boryeong’s Mud Festival on Daecheon Beach, 190 kilometres southwest of Seoul. Everybody is encouraged to make the most of mud and take advantage of its benefits for skin-care. The mud from Boryeong contains important minerals, which reduce wrinkles and remove excess oils from the skin surface. Medically, mud baths are also supposed to improve the blood circulation and stimulate new skin growth. Festival-goers apply mud packs to the entire body and join strings of events including mud wrestling, a mud king contest, mud fireworks fantasy and mud sliding. Get your mud pack ready, smear yourself all over and enjoy!

 

The beats go on

Published June 14, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Bali Arts Festival, Indonesia

Bali Arts Festival, Indonesia

Bali Arts Festival in Indonesia, Sanno Matsuri in Japan, Chinese Opera Festival in Hong Kong

BALI ARTS FESTIVAL

June 11 to July 9, Bali, Indonesia

Taking place over an entire month from mid June to mid July, the Bali Arts Festival is a unique extravaganza of arts, music, dance and history celebrating passion and pride in Balinese culture. Among other performances, famous masked dances originating from tribal villages are showcased and ancient classic stories retold. There’s a vibrant atmosphere all across the island as celebrations are enjoyed by locals and travellers alike.

SANNO MATSURI

June 4 to 15, Tokyo, Japan

The Sanno Matsuri was a festival permitted by the shogun to enter the grounds of Edo Castle during the Edo Period (1603-1867) along with the Kanda Matsuri. The ceremony is celebrated annually and features a parade of some 300 people dressed in ancient costumes. Others dress as the legendary goblin Tengu, characterised by a red face and a long nose, and believed to possess supernatural powers. The procession departs from the Hie Jinja shrine at 8am, ventures through the heart of Tokyo including Tokyo Station and the Ginza district, and does not return to the shrine until early in the evening.

SINGAPORE STREET FESTIVAL

June 8 to July 3, Singapore

Singapore’s Street Festival is fuelled by popular culture, artistic dynamism and self-expression. The event celebrates street culture and provides a platform for Singapore’s young people to showcase their talents, skills and abilities in the performing or visual arts, lifestyle trends, fashion and sports, entrepreneurship and technology. Expect belly dancing, street art, break dancing, yo-yo competitions, rock bands, street dancing, J-rock and more. Check out http://www.SingaporeStreetFestival.com for the full line-up.

QUEENSTOWN WINTER FESTIVAL

June 24 to July 3, Queenstown, New Zealand

Thousands of locals and visitors flock to Queenstown’s streets and ski slopes to welcome the start of winter with mountain races, street parties, fireworks, live concerts, comedy, theatre and loads of family fun. The event also features mountain biking, skiing, and rafting, epicurean feasting, comedic highs and multiple musical stages. Slide down to http://www.WinterFestival.co.nz.

CHINESE OPERA FESTIVAL

June 17 to August 14, Hong Kong

Experience the stunning sights and sounds of traditional Chinese theatre where operatic arts embody a rich cultural legacy. The Chinese Opera Festival showcases a stellar selection of Chinese Opera programmes. Traditional yet innovative, the festival sees celebrated artists captivate audiences in Hong Kong through a compelling mix of opera genres, including the local Cantonese opera, which is part of Unesco’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Visit http://www.COF.gov.hk

WIFE CARRYING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

July 1 to 2, Sonkajarvi, Finland

Want to impress your wife (albeit the hard way)? Then go to Finland! At the annual Wife Carrying World Championships, men carry their wives on their backs over 250-metres of obstacles, including a water jump, with the winner taking home his spouse’s weight in beer. Wives have to weigh at least 49 kilos. Any less than that and they’re given heavy rucksack to make up the difference. Visit http://www.Sonkajarvi.fi.

Nebuta Matsuri will return to Japan in August

Published May 30, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Nebuta Matsuri Festival in Japan

Nebuta Matsuri Festival in Japan

Recognised as one of Japan’s “Three Big Fire Festivals”, Aomori Nebuta is renowned internationally and is designated as a significant intangible folk cultural asset of Japan.

HONG KONG BOOK FAIR

July 20 to 26, Hong Kong

First held in 1990, the book fair has become an annual major event in Hong Kong with the number of visitors reaching a new high every year. The show at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre goes well beyond books and explores the realms of electronic publishing, educational software and audio-visual learning aids. Expect more than 300 cultural events to promote reading.

NEBUTA MATSURI

August 2 to 7, Aomori, Japan

Recognised as one of Japan’s “Three Big Fire Festivals”, Aomori Nebuta is renowned internationally and is designated as a significant intangible folk cultural asset of Japan. During the festival, more than 20 large nebutas – large lantern floats depicting gods, historical or mythical warrior figures – are wheeled along the parade route in the city of Aomori. Ahead of each float, Nebuta dancers called haneto dance wildly to the hayashi music, making the summer night event lively and exciting. The festival attracts around 3 million visitors a year.

NAADAM

July 11 to 13, Ulan Bator, Mongolia

Naadam, the country’s largest and most famous festival, takes place as part of the celebrations for Mongolia National Day on July 12. The biggest festival in the land, it involves competitions in the three major traditional sports of Mongolia: wrestling, horse racing and archery. Naadam is believed to have existed for centuries in one fashion or another. Originally it was a religious festival and annual sacrifice honouring various mountain gods and celebrating success in battle or harvest. Now it commemorates the 1921 revolution when Mongolia declared its independence.

SEOUL INTERNATIONAL CARTOON ANIMATION FESTIVAL

July 6 to 10, Seoul, South Korea

Animation fans from over the world are invited to join the Seoul International Cartoon Animation Festival (Sicaf), as animated characters from Korea and other countries take over the big screen. From animation classics to new talents, Sicaf presents new technology and the potential of animation through the event’s outstanding films. Visit Sicaf.org.

MIDNIGHT SUN MARATHON

June 18, Tromso, Norway

Runners from more than 50 different countries meet in the Norwegian Arctic city of Tromso. The Midnight Sun Marathon, the world’s northernmost certified marathon, is held at night, but all runners still run in bright daylight. The sun doesn’t set for two months, from the middle of May to the middle of July. This is one of the things that makes the Midnight Sun Marathon a special and exotic event. The pure feeling of the midnight sun in stunning surroundings is a major part of the reason the race is a target for a great number of runners around the world. Visit Msm.no.

BOSTON DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

June 11 and 12, Boston, USA

Every year Boston Dragon Boat Festival roars for two days on the Charles River between JFK Street and Western Avenue Bridge. Follow the thunder of drums to the river and you will witness New England’s biggest Asian-American celebration. Along with the boat races there are traditional Chinese crafts, martial arts and dragon dancing. Check out the action at BostonDragonBoat.org.

TAKIGI NOH

Published May 30, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Takigi Noh, Japan

Takigi Noh, Japan

Noh, the classical Japanese musical performed exclusively by men, is unique in its slow grace and its use of elaborate masks and leaves a deep impression on spectators.

TAKIGI NOH

June 1 to 2, Kyoto, Japan

Heian Shrine in Kyoto is well-known for the annual Takigi Noh, a special Noh performed on an open-air stage. Takigi, which means firewood, is placed at each corner of the stage at Heian Shrine and lit as soon as it gets dark. Noh, the classical Japanese musical performed exclusively by men, is unique in its slow grace and its use of elaborate masks and leaves a deep impression on spectators. Check the weather beforehand because if it rains, the performances might be postponed.

WAISAK

May 20, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Held on the night of the full moon in May, Waisak is a sacred festival commemorating the birth of Buddha, his enlightenment and his death. It is celebrated by Buddhist communities throughout Java, with the most prominent taking place at Borobudur in Yogyakarta. Ceremonial offerings of fruit and flowers are made and thousands of candles, representing Buddha’s enlightenment, are lit. Processions are also held throughout the city.

GREAT JAPAN BEER FESTIVAL

June 4 to 5, Tokyo, Japan

More than 120 local and international craft brews are waiting to be tasted at Tokyo’s Great Japan Beer Festival in Yebisu Garden Place. You can buy a ticket in advance for 4,800 Yen (Bt1,550) or get one at the festival for 5,200 Yen. Don’t throw away the glass you get at the entrance because you have to use it throughout the event. Expect to toast to more than 5,000 beer lovers. Kam-pai! Visit http://www.BeerTaster.org/index-e.html.

SINGAPORE BOOK FAIR

June 3 to 9, Singapore

Singapore Book Fair draws thousands of booksellers, publishers and readers to Suntec Singapore Exhibition and Convention Centre. With thousands of books, tons of fun activities and not forgetting good offers across the board, the fair is also a great meeting point for those who want to network, chat and share ideas.

SEOUL DRUM FESTIVAL

May 27 to 28, Seoul, South Korea

The beat goes on in South Korea’s capital, as the Seoul Drum Festival at Seoul Plaza marks its 18th year, by bringing together Korean and international percussion artists for a series of drum shows.

NATIONAL CELTIC FOLK FESTIVAL

June 10 to 13, Victoria, Australia

Australia’s largest celebration of Celtic music and culture takes place in Portarlington, on Victoria’s beautiful Bellarine Peninsula. Enjoy the performances or be a part of the festivities by joining in one of the many workshops on offer, covering everything from limerick writing to bagpipe playing. Music, dance, poetry, cuisine, arts and crafts are all on the list. Visit http://www.NationalCelticFestival.com.

Taean Tulip Festival

Published May 10, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Taean Tulip Festival, South Korea

Taean Tulip Festival, South Korea

Selected as one of the world’s top five tulip festivals, the Taean event showcases about 1.2 million tulips of 300 different species.

TAEAN TULIP FESTIVAL

Until May 5, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea

Selected as one of the world’s top five tulip festivals, the Taean event showcases about 1.2 million tulips of 300 different species. Visitors can enjoy the flowers in various stages of development as well as swoon over lupine, foxglove, lilies and other magnificent spring flowers.

PESTA AIR LABUAN

April 29 to May 1, Labuan, Malaysia

Pesta Air Labuan at the Labuan International Sea Sport Complex is the biggest annual event in this federal territory off the coast of Borneo. Competitions include the Labuan International Deep Sea Fishing Tournament, Cross Channel Swimming Challenge and Round Island Kayak Challenge.

INTERNATIONAL MUSI TRIBOATTON

May 11 to 15, Palembang, Indonesia

Every year Palembang, the capital of South Sumatra, comes alive with the annual International Musi Triboatton. The race comprises three international standard rowing sports in rafting, canoeing and dragon boat racing. Around 20 international and provincial teams will race along 500 kilometres of the wide, iconic Musi River that runs through much of the province and through the city of Palembang.

AZALEA FESTIVAL

May 22 to 29, Hakodate, Japan

Mt. Esan, located in the east of Hakodate, is famous for abundant azalea blossoms. The flowers bloom from late May to early June. The foot of the volcano turns crimson in a riot of blossoms. On Sundays, local specialities are sold at Azalea Park with concerts on a specially built stage. It takes about 40 minutes to get to Azalea Park from Hakodate Airport.

LE FRENCH MAY

May 1 to June 30, Hong Kong and Macau

Le French May, organised by the Consulate General of France in collaboration with the Alliance Francaise of Hong Kong, has grown to become one of the largest French arts festivals in Asia. Le French May Arts Festival engages all five senses of the audience through an array of exhibitions, opera, classical music, modern music, dance, theatre, cinema and food while Le French GourMay introduces the best of French wine and culinary arts to discerning palates. Visit http://www.FrenchMay.com.

INTERNATIONAL ARTS CARNIVAL

July 8 to August 7, Hong Kong

The International Arts Carnival, one of Hong Kong’s largest family arts festival, provides children, young people and their families with cultural diversions during the summer holiday. Performances include music, dance, music theatre, drama, puppetry, mime, magic, acrobatics, physical comedy and multimedia theatre. All are suitable for the family and are intended to nurture the interest of children and young people in the performing arts.

Hamamatsu Festival, Japan

Published May 10, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Hamamatsu Festival, Japan

Hamamatsu Festival, Japan

A tradition that dates back more than 450 years, the kite flying has its origins in the history of Hamamatsu Castle. Written in the Edo era, this describes how a large kite was flown for Yoshihiro, the oldest son of the Prince of Hikuma castle, at his birth.

HAMAMATSU FESTIVAL

May 3 to 5, Shizuoka, Japan

More than 100 kites will be flying over the Nakatajima Dunes, one of the three largest sand dunes in Japan next month as Shizuoka celebrates Hamamatsu. A tradition that dates back more than 450 years, the kite flying has its origins in the history of Hamamatsu Castle. Written in the Edo era, this describes how a large kite was flown for Yoshihiro, the oldest son of the Prince of Hikuma castle, at his birth. Today, kites are still flown at Hamamatsu when a baby boy is born. During the festival various events are held at two main venues each with their main attraction: the kite-flying battle at Nakatajima beach and the parade of palace floats downtown.

LOTUS LANTERN FESTIVAL

May 6 to 8, Seoul, South Korea

Seoul celebrates the Lord Buddha with the Lotus Lantern Festival. An eye-popping lantern parade, a Buddhist culture street fair and a traditional lantern exhibition are held in and around Jogyesa temple, Bongeunsa temple and the Cheonggye-cheon area. There’s also Zen meditation advice and practice under the guidance of Korean Buddhist monks. Visit http://www.LLF.or.kr.

GYMPIE SHOW

May 12 to 14, Queensland, Australia

More than a century old, the Gympie District Show has evolved into a great family event and a yearly ritual. It features Queensland Championship show jumping, events and competitions for horses, studs, prime and dairy cattle, dogs and goats. The event starts on the Thursday night with a high-powered fireworks display. Friday – People’s Day – boasts both the opening ceremony and the Grand Parade. Tons of events for all ages ensure that up to 40,000 people visit each year. See more at http://www.GympieShow.org.au.

FESTIVAL OF FOOLS

April 29 to May 2, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Head to Northern Ireland and have fun with the fools as Belfast hosts great street shows! The fun varies from curious walkabout characters to jugglers and around 100 circus acts, puppet shows, comedians and more. It’s the best free show in town. For the detailed programme, visit http://www.FoolsFestival.com.

CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

May 11 to 22, Cannes, France

Filmmakers might start their careers in Hollywood, but the Cannes Film Festival is where they’re made. This ritzy, increasingly competitive festival, where the fashion is just as important as the films, awards and winners, is one of the last of its kind. Visit Cannes from mid to late May, and rub shoulders with celebrities (and the paparazzi who stalk them) at the famed Cote d’Azur beach resort. Visit http://www.Festival-Cannes.fr/en.html.

WAISAK FESTIVAL

May 20, Yogyakata, Indonesia

Visit the Buddhist monument of Borobudur, and celebrate Waisak Festival aka Vesakha Day. Held on the night of the full moon in May, the religious festival draws many Buddhist pilgrims to the site. Ceremonial offerings are made such as fruit and flowers and thousands of candles, representing Buddha’s enlightenment are lit in the darkness. Processions are also held throughout Java.

Mewar Spring Festival

Published April 1, 2016 by SoClaimon

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FESTIVAL DIARY

Mewar Spring Festival, India

Mewar Spring Festival, India

Udaipur’s Mewar Spring Festival is celebrated to welcome the advent of spring and coincides with the Gangaur festival.

MEWAR SPRING FESTIVAL

April 9 to 11, Udaipur, India

Udaipur’s Mewar Spring Festival is celebrated to welcome the advent of spring and coincides with the Gangaur festival. The main attraction is the procession of colourfully attired women carrying images of the Goddess Gauri to Lake Pichola. The images are transferred to special boats amidst much singing and festivity. The festival culminates with an impressive fireworks display and a procession of boats on the lake.

UISEONG SANSUYU FESTIVAL

March 26 to April 3, Gyeongsang, South Korea

Uiseong Sansuyu Village is gilded with the bright yellow of thousands of sansuyu, or Japanese Cornelian cherry flowers. The streetlights are kept on throughout the night to allow visitors to enjoy the view of flowers in the dark. The festival also features various activities including the sansuyu flower photo contest as well as hands-on experiences like rice cake pounding and sansuyu tea tasting.

IRONMAN 70.3

April 3, Putrajaya, Malaysia

An Ironman 70.3, or Half Ironman, is one of a series of long distance triathlon races organised by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC). Each distance of the swim, bike, and run segments is half the distance of that segment in an Ironman triathlon. The Ironman 70.3 series culminates each year with a World Championship competition, for which competitors qualify for during the 70.3 series in the 12 months prior to the championship race. This year’s Time Ironman 70.3 will take place at Floria, Precinct 4, Putrajaya, the home of the Royal Floria Putrajaya Flower and Garden Festival.

ART CENTRAL

March 23 to 26, Hong Kong

Art Central, Hong Kong’s contemporary art fair with a distinctly Asian edge returns to the iconic Central Harbourfront today. The fair builds upon the success of last year’s inaugural event that attracted 30,000 art collectors, VIPs and the art-loving public from Hong Kong and around the world. The event presents more than 100 hand-selected galleries from 20 countries, 70 per cent hailing from 23 cities across greater Asia. The programme includes interactive installations, engaging panel discussions, performance art, tours and Hong Kong’s hottest eateries. Art Central 2016 is the perfect place to discover and buy art.

FOOD&HOTEL ASIA 2016

April 12to 15, Singapore

One of the most anticipated international trade events for Asia’s food and hospitality industry, this annual celebration features a wide variety of food and hospitality products. You can also enjoy six specialised exhibitions namely Food Asia, Hotel Asia, Bakery & Pastry, Hospitality Style Asia, Hospitality Technology and Speciality Coffee & TeaPlus, all in one place.

SCOPPIO DEL CARRO – EXPLOSION OF THE CART

March 27, Florence, Italy

Florence takes residents and visitors back to the ancient Crusade of 1099 with the Easter festival of the Scoppi del Carro or the Explosion of the Cart. In the morning, the 10-metre-tall antique cart is hauled by a team of white oxen from the Porta al Prato to the Piazza del Duomo. The holy fire, started with the historical shards of the Holy Sepulchre, is lit in the Church of SS Apostoli and transported to the Duomo, where the archbishop of the city lights the sacred Colombina, a dove-shaped rocket, during the Easter Mass. The rocket travels out of the Duomo along a wire, sets fire to the huge array of fireworks attached to the carro and returns back into the church the way it came. If the Cart burns right down, then the Florentines’ lives will be enriched and their harvests plentiful.

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