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.
August
Nepal

Janai Purnima (Raksha Bandhan)

August

This festival, also known as the Sacred Thread Festival, involves Hindu men performing their annual change of Janai, a cotton string worn across the chest or the wrist, signalling their initiation into manhood. Females also tie a string around their wrist for protection. During the festival, there is a fair at Kumbeshwor in Lalitpur.

Location Countrywide, Nepal

Gai Jatra

August

Also known as the festival of cows, Gai Jatra commemorates the dead, and is one of Nepal’s most popular events. The main celebration takes place in the Kathmandu valley, and families who have lost a relative must parade through the streets, leading a cow. After the procession, people wear masks, sing songs, and tell jokes.

Location Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Krishnashtami

August-September

This festival is a celebration of the Hindu god Krishna’s birthday, celebrated throughout Nepal around the end of summer. It involves dramatic enactments of the life of Krishna, as well as fasting, devotional songs, dance, readings of religious scripture, and the exchange of gifts.

Location Countrywide, Nepal

Teej

July-September

Celebrated by the Khas women of Nepal to promote the wellness of their husbands, Teej is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Parvati. This three-day festival involves fasting and feasts. Both married and unmarried women participate, the latter group in hopes of being blessed with a good husband in the future.

Location Countrywide, Nepal

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