Holi, a traditional Hindu festival, celebrates the beginning of spring and takes place over two days. It is a celebration of fertility, colour and love, as well as the triumph…
All across South and Southeast Asia, fantastic festivals occur frequently throughout the year and can give a wonderful insight into a country’s scenery and spirit. Whether it’s an ancient ritual or a modern celebration of music, arts, sports or more, the exuberant atmosphere and time spent up close with local people can make attending festivals in Asia a joyful part of your holiday.
What’s more, these festivals are as diverse as the region itself. In Bhutan, for example, you’ll find countless unique celebrations of Buddhism, filled with colour and traditional dress. There are many celebrations that mark the coming of Spring, such as Songkran in Southeast Asia and Holi in India. By contrast, sports lovers may enjoy the likes of Pasola in Indonesia, an exhilarating modern-day jousting event. We can help you seek out the popular events for travellers as well as those that few tourists know about.
The Muslim celebration of Eid is one of the most important religious occasions in the Islamic calendar and is a time of festivity in The Maldives. Here Ruth, our in-country partner, describes what happens during Eid Ul Al’haa occurring every year after the Hajj pilgrimage.