This three-day festival held in the capital city is one of the biggest and most important in all of Bhutan. Thousands of visitors flock to see the celebrations, which include a number of vibrant masked dance performances of religious stories and plays by Astaras, or ceremonial clowns; their jesting is said to ward off evil spirits.
This three-day festival includes a one-day public holiday and is celebrated throughout China. Traditionally observed to give thanks to the moon for the harvest, nowadays it is often referred to as Moon Cake festival and families celebrate together, eating cakes, sending up lanterns to the full moon and enjoying the festive atmosphere.
Featuring the finest wines from around the world, exquisite international and local cuisine, and top live entertainment, the HK Wine and Dine Festival is a must-do for all foodies. The 2013 event, held at the New Central Harbourfront, welcomed over 140,000 visitors.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is a chance for Hong Kong to boast its rich traditional Chinese heritage. Those visiting at this time will be able to sample the famous ´moon cakes´ (originating from the Yuan dynasty), witness fiery dragon parades and explore a spectacular lantern exhibition at Victoria Park.
Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an important religious festival taking place over five days each Fall, all throughout India. The element of light in this festival represents good overcoming evil. The main festival night consists of prayers, fireworks, feasts and the exchange of gifts.
Known as the Gustor ritual, this annual three-day Fall festival features sacred dances, a trade fair, and prayers. The festivities take place at the Tibetan-Buddhist Thikse Monastery, perched on the top of a hill in Ladakh, India. Chams - masked dances - are performed by monks, and a sacrificial cake is cut up and dispersed.