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Festivals

So much in Asia depends on the calendar. In February in Beijing, more than 20 million people all set off fireworks to celebrate Chinese New Year. In Nagaland in India, tribes from all over the region meet to compete, dance, and celebrate. In Thailand, spectators look on as celebrants perform bizarre rituals at the Nine Emperor Gods Festival.
 
With an intimate and unique knowledge of Asian culture, Remote Lands knows the importance of experiencing culture the right way. Whether you want an up-close view of the Sing-Sing festival in the Asaro Valley of Papua New Guinea or a quiet walk through the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan, Remote Lands can give travelers the best possible experience on their celebrations throughout Asia.
So much in Asia depends on the calendar. In February in Beijing, more than 20 million people all set off fireworks to celebrate Chinese New Year. In Nagaland in India, tribes from all over the region meet to compete, dance, and celebrate. In Thailand, spectators look on as celebrants perform bizarre rituals at the Nine Emperor Gods Festival.   With an intimate and unique knowledge of Asian culture, Remote Lands knows the importance of experiencing culture the right way. Whether you want an up-close view of the Sing-Sing festival in the Asaro Valley of Papua New Guinea or a quiet walk through the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan, Remote Lands can give travelers the best possible experience on their celebrations throughout Asia.
July

Haa Summer Festival

July

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.

Location: Paro, Bhutan

Nimalung Festival

June-July

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.

Location: Bumthang, Bhutan

His Majesty the Sultan’s Birthday

July

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.

Location: Countrywide, Brunei

Torch Festival

July - August

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.

Location: Yunnan, China

Dragon Boat Festival

May - July

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.

Location: Countrywide, China

Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival

July

Celebrating the beautiful sounds of traditional Indonesian percussion, the Gamelan Festival brings the best of the local flavor. Gaining national recognition, the festival entertains thousands each year. The two-day festival incorporates the music of 35 different countries to promote ties with other nations.

Location: Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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