This two-day celebration takes place in the Haa valley. Visitors come to the area to enjoy the traditions and culture of nomadic Bhutan, eat authentic food, and take part in traditional games as well as folk music and dancing. It is also an opportunity to see the indigenous alpine flowers and the Noblang, the sacred cattle of Haa.
This three-day festival is held in the Lhakhang Monastery of Nimalung, home to a huge statue of Guru Rimpoche. There are colorful, masked dances depicting stories from history and an enormous scroll painting of the Guru on display, which devotees from all around travel to the district to see, because it is said to absolve their sins.
One of the most important events on the national calendar, the Sultan’s birthday on July 15th is annually celebrated throughout the country with events and festivities. At the Istana Nurul Iman Palace, the Sultan delivers a royal address, followed by an inauguration ceremony. His Majesty meets with his subjects at gatherings in four districts, expressing their gratitude to the King for his services. The day ends with a banquet and fireworks behind the palace, but festivities continue for two weeks with further parades and fireworks.
This three-day festival is of particular importance to the Yi people of Yunnan province who honor Atilaba, the hero who used fire to drive locusts from the area. There are bull and goat fights, horse races and torch parades culminating in huge bonfires where the people sing and dance and pray for a good harvest.
This popular, colorful one-day festival is followed by two public holidays, and is celebrated throughout China. Sticky dumplings and wine are traditionally shared among friends and people flock to the river banks to watch exciting dragon boat races. There are also market fairs with games, music and dancing.
Crazy for kites, Bali paints the sky during the month of July for their annual three-day Kite Festival. Biggest is best when it comes to the kite flying competitions in Indonesia. The festival’s 35th year will be marked in 2015, as the event is increasingly becoming a global affair. Visitors flock from all over the world to check out the event.