Deepavali Carnival brings together the best of Indian ethnic diversities in a single venue with lots of shopping and entertainment.
Indonesian Kustom Kulture Festival or Kustomfest is an exhibition of customized vintage vehicles. Exhibiting everything from customized helmet paint, bikes, cars, bicycles, BMXs, and hot rods, you can even see a body art show and join the contest where you can get your very own tattoo.
Kedah Darul Aman is the nation’s rice bowl and in this festival, the rhythm of the pestle and mortar, known as Lesung, acts as a key element.
Held on the full moon, this marks the end of the rainy season period for monastic seclusion. Monks who were ordained for the phansa period leave the Vat to reunite with their families. This festival also involves launching candle-lit offerings on the river at night.
Lhai Heua Fai means “floating boats of light downstream”. This festival is celebrated on the night of the End of Lent. It is held all over Laos, especially where there is a river. The festival in Vientiane attracts big crowds of devotee and tourists but the one in Luang Prabang is even more spectacular. Every family makes a small round container, using banana leaves on a section of banana trunk. They put flowers, incense sticks, candles, betel nuts and other condiments for chewing and sometimes food and money. At the bank of the river, they light the candles, say prayers and send the boat of light floating away. The spectacle of thousands of boats of light with their twinkling candles on the Mekong River is most moving.
This festival commemorates the time when the Buddha returned to earth after preaching in the abode of celestials during the three months of Lent. He descended at night and devotees greeted Him with lamps and lanterns. People decorate their houses with candles and coloured lanterns to symbolize this event. The festival of Light marks the end of Lent.
A lifestyle home furnishing exhibition under one roof providing a complete range of technologies and products.
The fireballs coming out from the water's surface can be seen once a year on the last night of the Lao Buddhist Lent. The Naga Rockets can be spotted where the Nam Ngum and the Mekong river meet in Thaprabath District, Bolikhamxay Province, as well as in Pak Ngum District, 60 kilometers east of Vientiane.
Visitors to Myanmar looking for something very out of the ordinary should attend the Dancing Elephant Festival held in Kyaukse, near Mandalay. However these marvelous performances are not the work of actual elephants, but teams of 2 men each in huge elephant costumes – made from bamboo and paper – who dance together in rhythm to the accompaniment of dobat and drums.
One of the loveliest Chinese festivals, the Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore is about celebration with the family, lantern processions and oh-so-sweet mooncakes.
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