This fun three-day nationwide holiday in Cambodia celebrates the end of the harvest season and is a chance for farmers to relax before the rainy season comes. Cambodians celebrate by visiting temples and friends, playing games and preparing grand offerings to spirits to ensure good luck for the coming year.
Though this festival is referred to as the ‘birthday of Buddha’, it also celebrates Buddha’s enlightenment and passing and as such, is one of the most important events in the Buddhist calendar. Devotees visit the pagodas and make offerings of flowers and fruits, while abstaining from alcohol and other prohibited activities.
This one-day festival, also known as tomb sweeping day, is followed by two further days of holiday and is devoted to paying respects to ancestors. Throughout China, people clean the tombs of their relatives and make symbolic offerings. Families also take spring outings to enjoy nature and fly kites, which they release for good luck.
This joyful popular three-day celebration is the most important festival of the Dai people. There is a carnival parade and a free-for-all water fight, food and craft markets and dragon boat races. People listen to scriptures and build Buddha statues at the temple; these are then splashed with water in a cleansing ritual.
This three-day festival is a chance for the Miao people to experience love and courtship. Young women dress in elaborate clothes and jewelry, and young men woo them with parcels of rice. If they receive two chopsticks in return, they may court the lady. There is Lusheng dancing and music, as well as bullfights within the festivities.
At this one-day festival, the various peoples of Guangxi province get together to celebrate love. Lovers give each other letters and gifts, and express their feeling through dancing and singing. The Li people hold open air parties in colorful dress with traditional food, competitions and music with a big bonfire in the evening.