Seven Asian Cultural Festivals in November

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Asia is becoming the most favorite destination of discerning travelers. In November, there are many cultural festivals happening all over Asia. Let’s take a journey to the most visited ones and tell us which one do you like.

 

That Luang Festival, Vientiane, Laos

The That Luang Festival is an important religious national holiday for Laos. The annual Buddhist celebration is held in the capital Vientiane in three days and two nights during the full moon of November, the twelve of lunar month. Back to the old days, Pha That Luang started in 16th century. That Luang means “Great Sacred Stupa” in Laos’s language. In fact, it is the most important religious temple for Lao people that has been destroyed and renovated many times. On that occasion, thousands of monks from all regions in Laos come to the capital Vientiane and gather in this monument. During this national festival, all offices and schools are closed. People eagerly take part in the preparation of flowers and offerings, candlelit procession and parade with dancers and musicians. The story behind this festival is praying for a better life. 

 

In Pha That Luang, people give offerings including candles, lanterns presented in honor of Buddha to the monks at dawn in the final day to reflect their obedience.

 

Loi Krathong festival, Thailand.

On the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month (usually in November), Thai people hold the ‘Loy Kratong’ festival or the ‘festival of light’ in such a romantic ambiance. ‘Loy Kratong’ is considered the most recognizable festival in Thailand. “Kratong” means the floating lotus-shaped vessel made by banana leaf; however, the “Kratong” can be made with various shapes and materials nowadays. Thousands of people gather beside on the riverbanks on that day. They only need to light the candles and joss sticks, stick them to kratong and let it flow along the water. The floating kratong represents for hope, longevity, release from sins.

 

The floating kratong represents for hope, longevity, release from sins.

 

Soorya Festival, India

Indian, the land of cultural diversity, offers visitors the longest art festival of the world. This huge festival opens during 111 days starting from September 21 to January 10 of the following year. During the long festival, the main activities are showing films and videos, conducting festivals of music, dance, painting, organizing seminars etc.

 

This huge festival opens during 111 days starting from September 21 to January 10 of the following year

 

Karatsu Kunchi Festival, Japan

Karatsu Kunchi takes place from November 2 to 4 in Karatsu City. The festival features huge hikiyama floats that are between 5m and 6m high and weigh from two to five tons. On the first day of the festival, those 14 Hikiyama are lighted up with paper lanterns featuring a magnificent setting at autumn night. On the second day, the Hikiyama are pulled to the sandy beach Nishinohama with hauling ropes. On the third day, people dressing in uniforms of Edo Period pull the Hikiyama back to the Hikiyama Float Exhibition Hall.

 

The festival features huge hikiyama floats that are between 5m and 6m high and weigh from two to five tons.

 

Cambodia Water Festival

The Water Festival is held annually at the full moon time between October and November in Cambodia. This national festival is the greatest and most exuberant festival in calendar of Khmer; even outclass the New Year celebration. The festival takes place on the banks of the Tonle Sap and Mekong Rivers in Phnom Penh. On this occasion, millions of people rush into that place to watch the huge boat racing with more than 400 boats and 2500 paddlers in 2010 festival. Traditionally, the racing commemorates the power of Khmer marine in the Khmer empire. In addition, this remarkable phenomenon can be seen as the thanksgiving of the Cambodian people to Mekong River for the fertile land and fish.

 

The festival takes place on the banks of the Tonle Sap and Mekong Rivers in Phnom Penh

 

Surin Elephant Festival, Thailand

Elephant is the most loved animal in Thailand; hence, the Thai people raise a giant animal in great esteem. There comes as no surprise that Elephant Festival is the most-visited occasion in Thailand. The popular celebration is held in Surin Province in the northeast region. No matter how the circumstances are, the festival begins on the third Saturday of November. Coming to the festival, you have chance to see 200 elephants from all over Thailand performing wide ranges of task including showing intelligence, strength, fighting with the Royal Thai Army. Otherwise, folk music and cultural performance are displayed during the festival.

 

Coming to the festival, you have chance to see 200 elephants from all over Thailand performing wide ranges of task including showing intelligence, strength, fighting with the Royal Thai Army

 

Ohara Matsuri Festival

Ohara Matsuri Festival is the representative for festival of Southern Kyushu. This festival is held annually on 2nd and 3rd November. The main event of this occasion is people from Japan and other countries gathering and dancing along folk song “Ohara-bushi” and “Han’ya-bushi”. 2010 Ohara Matsuri Festival attracted about 22,000 dancing participants and 600,000 visitors.

 

The main event of this occasion is people from Japan and other countries gathering and dancing along folk song “Ohara-bushi” and “Han’ya-bushi”

 

 

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