Asia and the Far East

BURMA

April 14—16: Rangoon and nationwide. BURMESE WATER FESTIVAL—THING YAN.

April 17: BURMESE NEW YEAR’S DAY.

May 1: WORKERS DAY.

November 11: FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS.

PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

Mid-April—mid-May; mid-October—midNovember: Canton. TRADE FAIR.

May 1: INTERNATIONAL MAY DAY - LABOR DAY OBSERVANCES. Parades, speeches.

August 1: RED ARMY DAY. Parades.

October 1: NATIONAL DAY. Parades, theatrical performances, fireworks, special events.

REPUBLIC OF CHINA

April 5: TOMB SWEEPING DAY AND ANNIVERSARY OF DEATH OF CHIANG KAI-SHEK.

April 8: BUDDHA BATHING FESTIVAL.

April 16: Peikang, Yunlin. BIRTHDAY OF MATSU, GODDESS OF THE SEA.

April 29: Main Ceremonies in Tainan. CHENG KUNG LANDING.

June 25: DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL.

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July 3: BIRTHDAY OF CHENG HUANG. City God of Taipai.

August 19: MONTH OF THE GHOSTS.

September 28: CONFUCIUS’S BIRTHDAY.

October 1: MID-AUTUMN MOON FESTIVAL. One of the year’s great festivals.

October 10: DOUBLE TENTH NATIONAL DAY.

October 25: TAIWAN RETROCESSION DAY.

October 31: CHIANG KAI-SHEK’S BIRTHDAY.

November 12: CULTURAL RENAISSANCE DAY.

December 25: CONSTITUTION DAY.

HONG KONG

April 5: CHING MING FESTIVAL. Family festival when visits are made to the graves of ancestors to perform traditional rites.

April 9-12: EASTER HOLIDAYS.

April 16: BIRTHDAY OF TIN HAU, GODDESS OF FISHERMEN. Fishing fleet honors Goddess of fishermen. Special junk tours and decorations.

May 7-13: CHEUNG CHAU FESTIVAL. Four-day festival includes religious ceremonies, Chinese opera, procession.

May 1: BIRTHDAY OF LORD BUDDHA.

May 11: TAM KUNG FESTIVAL.

June 25: DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL. Races in beautifully decorated boats.

July 14: BIRTHDAY OF LU PAN, MASTER BUILDER.

August 2: BIRTHDAY OF LU PAN, MASTER BUILDER. Holiday for everyone connected with building trades.

August 25: MAIDEN’S FESTIVAL. Celebration for girls and young lovers.

August 30: LIBERATION DAY.

September 1: YUE LAN. Festival of the Hungry Ghosts.

October: MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL OR MOON CAKE FESTIVAL. Major festival in Chinese countries.

October 13: BIRTHDAY OF CONFUCIUS.

October 15—31: SEVENTH FESTIVAL OF ASIAN ARTS. Music, dance, art exhibits.

October 25: CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL.

INDIA

May 11: Kerala. POORAM. Spectacular temple festival.

June 23: Puri, Orissa. RATH YATRA—TEMPLE FESTIVAL. Thousands join procession of huge chariots.

September 1: Aranmula, Payipad, and Kottayam. ONAM—SNAKE BOAT RACES.

September 27: Dehli, Mysore, Calcutta. DUSSEHRA. Ten-day festival based on the legend of Rama.

October: DIWALI—HINDU FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS. Marks beginning of Hindu New Year.

October 28: Largest celebrations in Lucknow. MUHARRAM. Colorful Muslim holiday.

November 1: Pushkar. FAIR.

Late December—early January 1983: Delhi. ASIAN ATHLETIC GAMES.

INDONESIA

April 21-28: Jakarta. ANNIVERSARY OF TAMAN MINI. Performances of traditional music and dance from all regions.

May 7-10: Yogyakarta. RAMA YANA BALLET FESTIVAL.

May 8: Mendut and Borobudur Temples, Central Java. WAICAK DAY—BIRTH OF BUDDHA.

June 22: Jakarta. ANNUAL FAIR.

August 17: Jakarta. INDEPENDENCE DAY. Parades, fireworks.

August 22: Madura Island. KERAPAN SAPI BULL RACES.

October 18: MUSLIM NEW YEAR.

JAPAN

April 13-17: Nikko. YAHOI FESTIVAL. Spectacular floats featured in annual festivities of Futarasan Shrine.

April 14-15: Takayama. TAKAYAMA FESTIVAL OF HIE SHRINE. Festive procession.

April 29: EMPEROR’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS.

May 3 — 5: Hamamatsu, Shizuoka. KITE BATTLES. Competition.

May 5: CHILDREN’S DAY. Public holiday.

May 11—October 15: Nagara River, Gifu. CORMORANT FISHING SEASON.

May 15: Kyoto. HOLLYHOCK FESTIVAL OF SHIMOGAMO AND KAM1GAMO SHRINES. Imperial parade and pageantry.

May 17-18: Nikko. GRAND FESTIVAL OF TOSHOGU SHRINE. Dazzling parade of 1,000 marchers in full Samurai warrior regalia.

June 10-16: Tokyo. SANNO FESTIVAL OF HIE SHRINE.

July 12-August 22: Sapporo. EXPO HOKKAIDO '82. Major fair to salute Hokkaido’s future.

July 16—17: Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto. GION MATSURI PROCESSION. Elaborate floats along streets. One of Kyoto’s best known festivals.

July 23-25: Haramachi, Fukushima. WILD HORSE CHASE AND ROUNDUP.

August 5-6: Akita. KANTO FESTIVAL. Fabulous display of lanterns lights up this northern city. Lively crowds.

August 6: Hiroshima. PEACE FESTIVAL. Memorial rites.

August 16: Mt. Nyoigadake, Kyoto. DAIMONJI BONFIRE. Huge bonfire.

September 16: Kamakura. “YABUSAME"— HORSEBACK ARCHERY.

October-November: CHRYSANTHEMUM DOLL SHOWS.

October 7-9: Nagasaki. OKUNCHI FESTIVAL. Dragon parade.

October 10: HEALTH-SPORTS DAY.

October 22: Heian Shrine, Kyoto. FESTIVAL OF ERAS. Commemorates city’s founding in 794.

November 3: CULTURE DAY.

December 17: Nara. “ON MATSURI" OF KASUGA SHRINE

KOREA

April: Unsan, Chungnam. RITUAL OF UNSAN. Thirteen-day festival honoring the mountain spirit.

April 5: ARBOR DAY. Tree plantings.

April 8: BUDDHA’S BIRTHDAY OBSERVANCE. One of Korea’s most colorful celebrations. Elaborate rituals at Buddhist temples.

May—early June: TANO. Traditional holiday with wrestling matches, band contests.

May 5: CHILDREN’S DAY. National holiday especially for children.

June 6: MEMORIAL DAY.

July 17: CONSTITUTION DAY.

August 15: LIBERATION DAY.

October: CHUSOK. Traditional harvest and full moon festival, referred to as “Korean Thanksgiving Day.” Koreans visit family tombs and make food offerings.

October 1: Seoul. ARMED FORCES DAY. Parades.

October 8: Iksan, Chonbuk. MAHAN FOLK FESTIVAL.

October 8-10: Kyongju Kyongbuk. SILLA CULTURAL FESTIVAL. Classical music contest, wrestling, dancing, poetry.

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MACAU

April 5: CHING MING FESTIVAL.

April 11: EASTER.

April 16: GODDESS A-MA FESTIVAL. Honors local fishermen.

April 25: ANNIVERSARY OF PORTUGUESE REVOLUTION.

May 1: FEAST OF THE BATHING OF LORD BUDDHA. Temple rites mark Buddha’s birth.

May 13: OUR LADY OF FATIMA PROCESSION. Religious holiday.

June: CAMOES DAY. Honors the poet/hero.

June 24: FEAST OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST. Public holiday honors patron saint.

June 25: DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL RACES.

July 3: FEAST OF KUAN TAI. Honors God of Justice with police parades.

July 13: Islands of Taipa and Coloane. FEAST OF THE BATTLE OF JULY 13. Marks defeat of Chinese pirates in 1910.

August: FEAST OF MAIDENS.

August 13: FEAST OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS. October 1: MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL. Moon cakes eaten to celebrate Autumn equinox.

October 5: REPUBLIC DAY.

October 25: CHUNG YEUNG—FESTIVAL OF ANCESTORS.

November: 29TH MACAU GRAND PRIX. Annual auto race.

December 1: RESTORATION OF INDEPENDENCE.

MALAYSIA

April 4: Jalan Bendahara, Malacca. PALM SUNDAY. Candlelight procession to St. Peter’s Church, oldest functioning church in Malaysia.

April 27: Penang. DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL.

May—September: East coast of Malay Peninsula. MIGRATION OF GIANT TURTLES.

May 1: LABOR DAY,

June: BIRD SINGING COMPETITION.

June: KITE FLYING COMPETITION. Giant kites flown more than 1,400 feet high.

June 1-2: Sarawak. DAYAK FESTIVAL. End-ofharvest prayers, poems, dances.

June 3: BIRTHDAY OF HIS MAJESTY THE KING.

June 27: Two miles from Malacca. FEAST OF ST. PETER, Fishing events, blessing of boats, folk dances, songs.

July 22: HARI RAYA PUASA. Muslim celebration.

August 31: NATIONAL DAY.

September 28: HARI RAYA HAJI. Muslim feast with prayers at mosques.

October: Penang. FESTIVAL OF THE NINE EMPEROR GODS. Devotees climb to Kew Ong Yeah temple to pray.

December: PENANG FESTIVAL. Month-long celebration.

NEPAL

April: Bhadagaon. BASKET AND CHARIOT FESTIVAL.

April 14: Katmandu and nationwide. NAVABARSHA. Nepalese New Year’s Day.

May 8: BUDDHA JAYANTI. Marks birth, death, and enlightenment of Buddha. Important celebration here.

August 6: Patan. MATAYAA—BUDDHIST CEREMONIES AND PROCESSION.

August 12: Krishnastami. LORD KRISHNA’S BIRTHDAY.

August 31: Katmandu. INDRAJATRA. Colorful festival marks end of monsoon season.

October 25: BADA DASAI. Major day of fifteenday observance.

December 12: Janakpur, near Katmandu. VIVAHA PANCHAMI. Festival commemorating marriage of Sita to Ram.

PAKISTAN

May 1: MAY DAY.

August 14: INDEPENDENCE DAY.

September 6: DEFENSE DAY.

September 11: ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF QUAID-I-AZAM.

PHILIPPINES

April 5-11: HOLY WEEK.

April 24: Cebu. MAGELLAN’S LANDING PAGEANT. Commemorates landing in 1521.

May 1 — 31: SANTACRUZAN FESTIVAL.

May 14: Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Rizal. CARABAO FESTIVAL. Thanksgiving events.

June 12: Manilla. INDEPENDENCE DAY.

June 24: San Juan, Rizal. FEAST OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST.

July 4: FIL-AMERICAN FRIENDSHIP DAY.

August 26: CRY OF BALINTAWAK. Marks start of revolution against Spain.

September 21: THANKSGIVING DAY.

November 1: ALL SAINTS DAY.

November 30: NATIONAL HEROES DAY.

December 16 — 24: SIMBANG GABI—MIDNIGHT MASS. A nine-day novena of predawn masses ushers in world’s longest Christmas celebration.

December 30: RIZAL DAY. Celebrates greatest Filipino hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.

SINGAPORE

April 9: GOOD FRIDAY CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONS. Church of St. Joseph.

May 1: LABOR DAY.

May 8: VESAK DAY. Celebrates Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and death.

June 25: DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL. Exciting races.

July 22: HARI RAYA PUASA. Beginning of feast of Shawal or “Aidil Filtri.”

August: FESTIVAL OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS.

August 9: NATIONAL DAY. Marks founding of Singapore with parades and fair.

September—October: NAVARATHRI FESTIVAL. Indian dances, musical performances.

September 28: HARI RAYA HAJI. Muslim religious festival.

October 1: MOON CAKE FESTIVAL. Lantern parades, eating of moon cakes.

November: DEEPAVALI. Hindu festival, literally “Festival of Lights.”

SRI LANKA

April: ID-UL-AZHA FESTIVAL OF SACRIFICE. Religious rites recall near sacrifice by Abraham of his son.

April: Nuwara Eliya. HOLIDAY SEASON. Special events in hill resort.

April 1314: NATIONAL NEW YEAR. Begins after harvest season.

May 1: MAY DAY.

May 8: VESAK FESTIVAL. Commemorates birth, enlightenment, and death of Buddha. Most colorful of all Buddhist festivals.

May 22: NATIONAL HEROES DAY.

June 6: Mihintale and Anuradhapura. POSON FESTIVAL.

July —August: Kataragama, FIRE-WALKING FESTIVAL.

July: Kandy. ESALA PERAHERA. Ten nights of medieval procession of elephants, drummers, dancers. Magnificent climax of Sn Lanka summer.

July 23: ID UL FITR. End of month of Ramadan.

August: Madhu Shrine, north of Colombo. MADHU FESTIVAL. Country’s most famous Christian celebration with processions and ceremonies.

September 29: HAJJ FESTIVAL. Celebrates annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.

November: DEEPAVALI—HINDU FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS.

THAILAND

April 4—21: Bangkok. BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION.

April 6: CHAKRI DAY. Honors King Rama I, founder of Bangkok.

April 13-15: Chiang Mai, Paklat Bangkok. SONGKRANWATER FESTIVAL. Thai New Year celebration.

May: Bangkok. ROYAL PLOUGHING CEREMONY. Blessing of rice seeds by king.

May 5: CORONATION DAY Public holiday.

May 8-9: Yasothon. ROCKET FESTIVAL. Hails harvest time before start of rainy season.

May 15: VISAKHA BUCHA. Processions commemorate the birth, enlightenment, and death of Buddha.

July 15: ASANHA BUCHA. Candlelight procession honors Buddha’s first sermon.

July 16: KHAO PHANSA. Buddhist Lent begins.

August 12: QUEEN SIRIKIT’S BIRTHDAY OBSERVANCE

October 2—31: Bangkok and nationwide. THOT KATHIN. End of rainy season and Buddhist Lent marked by processions and boat races.

November: LOY KRATHONG FESTIVAL. Beautiful lights, candles, and lanterns float on rivers and create dazzling effect.

November 21-22: Serin. ANNUAL ELEPHANT ROUNDUP. Elephants perform tricks, demonstrate Wills.

December 5: KING’S BIRTHDAY AND NATIONAL DAY.

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