Asia and the Far East

AFGHANISTAN

Sept. 1

PASHTUNISTAN DAY CELEBRATION, nationwide. Tribal dances, wrestling and other sports.

Oct. 22-31

BUZKASHI, Kunduz, Baghlan, Mazar-I-Sharif, Samagan. An

Afghan equestrian game.

BURMA

April 8-12

WATER FESTIVAL, nationwide.

May 1

MAY DAY CELEBRATIONS, Rangoon. Exhibits of Burmese products, fireworks and cultural shows.

CEYLON (SRI LANKA)

Jan. 14

THAI PONGAL, nationwide. Hindu festival.

April 13-14

SINHALA and TAMIL NEW YEAR, nationwide. Fireworks. July-August

FIRE WALKING FESTIVAL, Kataragama. Barefoot!

ESALA PERAHERA, Kandy. Procession of elephants. July-September

TEMPLE FESTIVALS, Jaffna. End of harvest festival.

CHINA (TAIWAN)

Feb. 11

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS, nationwide.

June 14

DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL, Taipei.

Sept. 20

MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL, Taipei. Harvest moon events.

August 21

GHOST FESTIVAL, Taipei. Colorful rites honor the dead.

HONG KONG

Feb. 3-March 1

ARTS FESTIVAL, Hong Kong. Music, art, drama, opera.

Feb. 11-13

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS, Hong Kong.

June 14

DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL, Hong Kong. Races.

July 21

BIRTHDAY OF LU PAN, MASTER BUILDER, Hong Kong.

Celebrations for those in the building trades.

INDIA

Jan. 14-16

PONGAL-SANKRANTI FESTIVAL, Andhra Pradesh and Mysore State. Gay rice harvest festival. Cooking ceremony, parades. Jan. 25-Feb. 3

THIRD WORLD HOCKEY CUP FOR MEN, Bombay.

Jan. 27

FLOATING FESTIVAL, Madurai. Temple deities, clothed in silks and jewels, afloat in procession on the royal barges.

Feb. 1-10

WORLD TABLE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS, New Delhi.

March 27

HOLI, Northern India. Traditional throwing of colored water on friends. Greetings and sweets are exchanged.

April 22

POORAM (TRICHUR), Kerala. Procession of elephants carrying deities. Music.

April 23

MEEAKSHI KALYANAM or MYTHICAL WEDDING OF LORD SHIVA AND MEENAKSHI, Madurai.

July 10

RATHYATRA or TEMPLE FESTIVAL, Puri in Orissa.

August 9

TEEJ, Jaipur. Monsoon festival.

August 30

JANMASTAMI, Bombay, Mathura, Agria. Anniversary of the birth of Lord Krishna with special prayers and rites.

Nov. 3

DIWALI or FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, nationwide.

Nov. 18

PUSHKAR FAIR, Pushkar. Races, exhibits, music.

INDONESIA

Jan.1-8

AUTO RALLY AND TOURISM WEEK, Padang.

Feb. 13-17

RICE POUNDING FESTIVAL, West Java in Tjigugur and Kuningan. Rice pounding set to music.

Feb. 23-24

TABUT or FOLK FESTIVAL, Padang and Fariaman. May-October

CLASSICAL DANCE FESTIVAL, Pandaan.

June

DJAKARTA’S 448th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION. August-October

KERAPAN SAPI/BULL RACES, Madura Island.

JAPAN

Jan. 3

BALL CATCHING FESTIVAL, Fukuoka City. Competition to catch a sacred wooden ball—a symbol of good luck.

Jan. 6

PARADE OF FIREMEN, Tokyo Jan. 9-10

FESTIVAL OF IMAMIYA EBISU SHRINE, Osaka. Kimonoed women are carried on palanquins through main streets.

Feb. 3-4

BEAN-THROWING FESTIVAL, nationwide. Beans thrown at imaginary devils symbolize chasing the last day of winter away.

Feb.1-4

SNOW FESTIVAL, Sapporo. Snow sculpture of great beauty.

March 1-14

WATER DRAWING FESTIVAL, Nara. Religious pageant. March 3

DOLL FESTIVAL, nationwide. Little girls on parade.

March 20 or 21

VERNAL EQUINOX DAY, nationwide. Welcomes spring. April

CHERRY DANCES, Tokyo and Kyoto. Special events.

May 3-5

KITE BATTLES, Hamamatsu. Competitions.

May 15

HOLLYHOCK FESTIVAL, Kyoto. Pageant honoring the flower. June 14

RICE PLANTING FESTIVAL, Osaka.

July 23-25

WILD HORSE CHASING on Hibarigahara. A thousand armored riders in pursuit of wild horses.

August 6

PEACE FESTIVAL, Hiroshima. In memory of A-bomb victims. July 20-Jan. 18, 1976

EXPO '75, Okinawa. International Ocean Exposition—"The Sea We Would Like To See.”

Sept. 15

RESPECT FOR THE AGED DAY, nationwide.

Oct. 9-10

MARIMO FESTIVAL, Lake Akan, Hokkaido.

Oct. 22

FESTIVAL OF ERAS, Kyoto. Marks founding of Kyoto in 794.

Mid-November

COCK FAIR, Tokyo, Oriental zodiacal calendar fete.