Asia and the Pacific

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC.

AFGHANISTAN

September 1: PASHTUNISTAN DAY CELEBRATION, nationwide. Tribal dances, wrestling and other sports.

BURMA

Early April: WATER FESTIVAL, nationwide.

May 1: MAY DAY CELEBRATIONS, Rangoon. Exhibits of Burmese products, fireworks, cultural shows.

REPUBLIC OF CHINA (TAIWAN)

March 29: YOUTH DAY, nationwide.

Honors those who died in the 1911 Revolution.

June 21: DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL, Taipei.

August 29: GHOST festival,Taipei.

Colorful rites honor the dead. September 27: MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL, Taipei. Harvest Moon events.

HONG KONG

February 6-March 6: ARTS FESTIVAL.

Music, art, drama, opera.

March 3-6: OPEN GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS.

March 4: LANTERN FESTIVAL. End of New Year celebration. Year of Serpent.

June 21: DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL. Races.

August 21: MAIDEN FESTIVAL. September 27: MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL.

INDIA

March 6: HOLI, Northern India. Traditional throwing of colored water on friends. Greetings and sweets are exchanged.

April 13: BAISAKHI FESTIVAL, Kashmir. Hindu solar New Year’s Day.

April 29: POORAM (TRICHURI),Kerala. Procession of elephants carrying deities.

April 30: MEENAKSHI KALYANAM

(MYTHICAL WEDDING OF LORD SHIVA AND MEENAKSHI), Madurai.

May 3: BUDDHA PURNIMA, nationwide but best in Samath near Varanasi. Holiday marking the birth, enlightenment, and salvation of Buddha.

June 18: RATH YATRA OR TEMPLE FESTIVAL, Puri in Orissa.

August 15: INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS, nationwide.

August 17: TEEJ, Jaipur. Monsoon Festival.

September 5: JANMASHTAMI, Bombay, Mathura, Agra. Anniversary of the birth of Lord Krishna with special prayers and rites.

September 16: ID-UI-FITR. nationwide.

Pageantry to celebrate the triumph of good over evil.

November 10: DIWALI (FESTIVALOF LIGHTS), nationwide.

November 25: PUSHKAR FAIR. Pushkar.

Races, exhibits, music.

INDONESIA

May-October: CLASSICAL DANCE FESTIVAL, Pandaan.

June: DJAKARTA’S 450TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION.

August-October: KERAPAN SAPI BULL races,Madura Island.

JAPAN

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.

April: CHERRY DANCES,Tokyo and Kyoto.

May 3-5: KITE BATTLES, Hamamatsu. Competitions.

May 6-20: INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, Osaka. Music, dance, drama.

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. September 15: RESPECT FOR THE AGED DAY, nationwide.

October 9-10: MARIMO FESTIVAL, Lake Akan, Hokkaido.

October 22: FESTIVALOF ERAS, Kyoto.

Marks founding of city in 794. Mid-November: COCK FAIR, Tokyo.

Oriental zodiacal calendar fete.

KOREA

May 5: TANO FESTIVAL DAY, Seoul.

Wrestling, women’s style.

June 10: FARMERS’DAY, nationwide. Dances and music.

August 15: LIBERATION DAY AND MOON FESTIVAL, nationwide.

MACAO

March 4: LANTERN FESTIVAL. April 5: THING MING FESTIVAL. May 10: GODDESS AM A FESTIVAL.

Macao’s most illustrious event. June 21: DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL.

MALAYSIA

April 3-4: MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX, Selangor. Motor racing. May-September: MIGRATION OF THE GIANT TURTLES, from the South China Sea to beaches off the East Coast States of West Malaysia. Turtle watching at night.

May 30-June 11: BACHOK FESTIVAL OF CULTURE, Bachok.

July 3-6: ANNUAL SEA SPORTS AND FUN FAlR.Lumut Perak.

August 23-27: MADE-IN-MALAYSIA TRADE FAIR. Kuala Lumpur.

August 31: NATIONAL DAY, nationwide. Commemorates formation of Malaysia.

September 10-23: MALAYSIAN STAMP EXHIBITION, Kuala Lumpur. At the

National Museum.

NEPAL

May 3: BUDDHA JAYANTI, Lurnbini and Swayambhunath Stupa. Celebrates birth of Lord Buddha.

August 30: MATAYAA (MUSIC, DANCE, AND HUMOR FESTIVAL), Patan. Allday events.

September 16: WOMEN’S FESTIVAL,

Pashupatinath.

PHILIPPINES

April 24: MAGELLAN’S LANDING CELEBRATION. Cebu.

May: MAYTIME FESTIVAL, Santacruzan. Month-long festivities.

June 29: RIVER PARADE, Apalit, Pampanga. Gay river procession.

July 4-7: RIVER FESTIVAL, Bocaue. Holy Cross of Wawa carried on decorated river barge.

SINGAPORE

April 22: CHING MING FESTIVAL.

Chinese visit tombs of ancestors. June 21: DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL. August 9: NATIONAL DAY, nationwide.

Independence Day parades and fair. August 15-September 12: MARKET FESTIVAL.

SRI LANKA

April 12-13: SINH ALA AND TAMIL NEW year.nationwide. Fireworks.

May 22: REPUBLIC DAY, nationwide.

Parades, pageants, religious rites. July-August: FIREWALKING FESTIVAL, Kataragama. Barefoot!

July-August: ESALA PERAHERA, Kandy.

Procession of elephants. July-September: TEMPLE FESTIVALS, Jaffna. End of harvest festival.

THAILAND

April 6: CHAKRI DAY, nationwide. Marks enthronement of King Rama.

April 13-15: SONGKRAN FESTIVAL, Chiang Mai and Paklat. Waterthrowing festival. Fish and birds are set free.

June 1: VISAKHA PUJA, nationwide. Marks the enlightenment, birth, and passing into nirvana of the Buddha.

Nov. 19: ELEPHANT ROUND-UP. Surin. Different.

November 24-26: GOLDEN MOUNT FESTIVAL, nationwide. Rites, bazaar, entertainment.

December 5: KING’S BIRTHDAY AND NATIONAL DAY. nationwide.

THE PACIFIC

ALASKA

Mid-March: 200-MILE CROSS-COUNTRY SNOWMOBILE RACE, Nome to Golovin.

June 8-12: KING CRAB FESTIVAL,

Kodiak. Pageantry and plenty of king crab to eat.

June 17-19: MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL. Palmer.

June 19: 11TH ANNUAL MIDNIGHT SUN OUTDOOR FOLK DANCE FESTIVAL, Anchorage. On Park Strip.

June 21: MIDNIGHTSUN BASEBALL GAME, Fairbanks. At Growden Memorial Field. Played without artificial lights.

July 28-30: WORLD ESKIMO. INDIAN, ALEUT OLYMPICS, Fairbanks. Sports but different. Walking on knuckes, blanket tossing, etc.

August 26-September 5: ALASKA STATE FAIR, Palmer.

September 20: ISTH ANNUAL EQUINOX MARATHON. Fairbanks. At University of Alaska.

October 16-18: ALASKA DAYS FESTIVAL, Sitka. Includes pageantry commemorating transfer of Alaska from Russia to U.S.

AUSTRALIA

March 4-14: MOOMBA FESTIVAL, Melbourne. Music, art, drama, sports.

March 10-19: INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW, Melbourne.

April 1-12: ROYAL EASTER SHOW, Sydney. Fair.

April 8-11: VINTAGE FESTIVAL. Barossa Valley. Wine and grape festival held every two years.

April 9-16: CUP WEEK, Sydney. Horse racing.

May 28-June 5: SECOND ASIANTRADE FAIR, Melbourne.

August 27: HENLEY-ON-TODD REGATTA, Alice Springs. Unique “boat races" on dry bed of the Todd River.

September 17-24: CARNIVALOF

Buddhist monks at Pagan. Burma, the land of6,000 temples.

FLOW ERS, Toowoomba.

September 27-October 4: WARANA SPRING FESTIVAL, Brisbane. Art exhibits.

October: WARANA SPRING FESTIVAL, Sydney. Floral parades, music, drama, opera, ballet, sports, art exhibits.

Late October-November: GREAT BARRIER REEF ISLANDS FESTIVAL, Queensland.

December 3-4: PACIFIC CONFERENCE GAMES,Canberra.

December 26: YACHT RACE, Sydney to Hobart. Racing classic.

COOK ISLANDS

August 1-10: CONSTITUTION CELEBRATIONS, islandwide. Sports events, dancing, singing competitions, parades, carnivals.

October 26: GOSPEL DAY, islandwide. Open-air pageants mark arrival of the first missionaires.

FIJI

June 9-19: SOUTH PACIFIC BOWLING CARNIVAL, Suva.

August-September: HIBISCUS FESTIVAL, Suva. Floats, sports, regatta, and a gala ball.

November 10: DIWALI (FESTIVALOF LIGHTS), nationwide.

GUAM

June 13: FIESTA OF SAINT ANTHONY,

Tamuning.

August 19-21: WATER FESTIVAL, Merizo. November 12-13, 19-20: ARTS FESTIVAL. Chamorro and Agana.

HAWAII

March-April: CHERRY BLOSSOM festival,Honolulu. Tea ceremonies, Japanese cooking demonstrations, displays of bonsai, bonseki, and flower arrangements. Fashion show and beauty pageant.

March 19-26: PRINCEKUHIOFESTIVAL, Kauai Island. Song and dances.

April 10: EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE, Punchbowl National Memorial Park of the Pacific, Honolulu.

April 13-17: MI RRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL, Hilo.

May 1: LEI DAY, Honolulu and other islands. Hula pageant at sunset and lei competitions.

May 15-June IN: FIESTA F1LIPINA, Honolulu. Music, folkdancing, pageantry, and selection of Queen of the Philippines.

May 28-June 12: 501 H STATE FAIR,

Honolulu.

July 1-4: ANNUAL ORCHID SHOW, Hilo.

August 1 and 8: HULA FESTIVAL, Honolulu. Competition.

September 18-Octoher 22: ALOHA WEEK, Oahu and other islands. Pageantry, sweet dances, luau, royal ball, parade, and canoe race.

October 6-9: MAUI COUNTY FAIR. Maui.

December 2-7: FESTIVAL OF TREES, Honolulu. Decorated trees, wreaths, and Christmas items. Hawaiian Christmas carol programs.

MICRONESIA

May 5: ST. JOSEPH FIESTA,Tinian Island.

May 13: SAN ISIDORO FESTIVAL, Saipan. July: PALAU FAIR, koror. Handicraft displays and Palauan dances.

NEW ZEALAND

March 1-13: PAN-PACIFIC PHILATELIC EXHIBITION, Christchurch.

March 1-22: ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS, Auckland. Ballet, drama.

May 30-June 2: ARTS AND CRAFTS DISPLAY. Dunedin.

May 31: MAORI REGATTA, Waikato River. Canoe races.

May 31-June 1: SPORTS TOURNAMENT, Masterton.

August 16-30: ORANGE FESTIVAL, Tauranga. Displays of flowers and floats.

August 17-September 3: INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR, Wellington.

September 25-30: ANNUAL BLOSSOM FESTIVAL AND PARADE, Alexandria.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

June: FRANGIPANI WEEK, Rabaul.

Honors first Power to bloom after the eruption of local volcano.

Early September: TOLAI W AWAGIRA (DISPLAY OF HANDICRAFTS). FIREBALL CHAMPIONSHI PS, KOKOPO SHOW, Rabaul. Native arts and crafts competitions.

November: PAPUA SAFARI, Port Moresby. Motor rally.

TAHITI

March 12-26: FLOWER EXHIBITION, Fare Manihini. Also selection of the handsomest Tahitian of the year.

July 14-21: FETES DE JUILLET, Papeete and islands of Raiatea and Bora Bora. Merrymaking recalls Bastille Day.

August 15: FETES DETAHITI iti,Tahiti Iti Peninsula.

December 7: TIARA TAHITI DAY,

Papeete, Tiaras, Tahiti’s national flowers, are distributed everywhere.