Celebrated annually on March 26th, Independence Day marks Bangladesh’s official separation and hard-won independence from Pakistan. Numerous events are held around the country including parades, fairs, concerts, ceremonies celebrating the history and traditions of Bangladesh. Main streets are decorated with national flags and Television and radio stations will broadcast special programs and patriotic songs
The annual festival at Punakha is of particular importance as the district is the winter home of the Abbot of Bhutan; it was introduced in order to preserve Buddhist teachings and traditions. Over three days, people make a pilgrimage to the district to hear the monks chanting scriptures and to watch the traditional historical dances.
The three-day Paro Tsechu is one of the most important, famous and colorful festivals in the Bhutanese calendar. The first day brings traditional masked dance performances, followed by a ceremony on day two. On the final day, monks display an embroidered painting in the temple, which visitors view to cleanse their sins.
The Naxi people celebrate this one-day festival every year to honor the jade dragon snow mountain hero who protects the Lijiang area. They visit the Sanduo statue in the temple and make ceremonial animal sacrifices. The families of the community cook and share food, while playing games set to music and dancing.
The Miao people are an ethnic minority of Guizhou province and those in Nankai come together to celebrate their culture in this one-day festival. They wear authentic traditional dress and put on plays and performances of Lusheng reed pipe music with folk dancing. Visitors flock to enjoy the food market and carnival atmosphere.
On this one-day festival, the people from tribes all around Guangxi province come together, wearing their best traditional clothes, all in red. There are games and competitions including beauty parades, folk drumming, sports and tug-of-war. Young men and women try to find love and there is folk music and dancing.