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Asian and African Festivals

By | July 2013
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Asian festivals vary from place to place but all share one thing in common: they're big and a lot of fun! With so many different cultures, religions, and reasons to celebrate squeezed into Asia, you'll probably be close to an interesting festival no matter where you travel. Many events are based on lunar calendars and the dates change each year. Use this guide to plan around some of the largest festivals in Asia. 1. Festivals in Thailand

Songkran / Thai Water Festival: April 13 -15.
Loi Krathong and Yi Peng: Usually November.
Phuket Vegetarian Festival: Around September or October. •King's Birthday: December 5.
Queen's Birthday: August 12.
Full Moon Parties: On or close to the full moon. See Full Moon Party dates. See details about the festivals in Thailand.
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Gandhi's Birthday: October 2.
Republic Day: January 26.
Independence Day: August 15.
Holi Festival: Usually in March.
Diwali: Between October and December.
Thaipusam: In January or February.
Pushkar Camel Fair: Usually in November.
See details about the festivals in India.
3. Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in the world and the first few days will certainly have an impact on all destinations in Asia, even outside of China. Expect accommodation to be pricier than usual and for transportation to fill up. The reward is worth the effort! •When: Dates change; see when is Chinese New Year.

Where: All major cities in Asia including Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Penang, and others. 4. Ramadan
There is no reason to avoid travel during the Islamic holy month. In fact, you'll get to enjoy special foods,...
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