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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.
May

Visak Bochea

April - June

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.

Location: Countrywide, Cambodia

Sister's Meal Festival

April - May

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.

Location: Lusheng, China

Red Clothes Festival

March - June

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.

Location: Guangxi, China

Siyueba

May

This one-day festival is celebrated by the various ethnic minorities in Guizhou province. The tribes celebrate and share their history and culture by wearing traditional dress, playing folk instruments and performing classical dances. Many young people make new friends and look for future spouses among the other groups.

Location: Guizhou, 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

Birthday of Tin Hau

April - May

To mark the birthday of the widely revered Tin Hau, Goddess of the Sea and Patron Saint of Fishermen, locals flock to over 70 temples dedicated to her across Hong Kong. Celebrations include a colorful procession of fishing boats through Sai Kung and a three-hour parade through Yuen Long with lion dancers and marching bands.

Location: Hong Kong
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