6 Asian Festivals from Cool to Offbeat

In case you are planning to have a trip to Asia, you should make sure that you will catch at least one of the many festivals. Some of them have a long tradition, but others have been introduced recently and they may seem more than strange.

1. Songkram

This festival is celebrated in Thailand and it is meant to mark the beginning of the New Year. It is held between 13 April and 15 April. According to the calendar of this culture, this is the time of the end of the year. Since the date is in the middle of the hot season, people celebrate through using water buckets and water guns. Talcum can’t miss either and they celebrate through soaking each other and also the tourists who are easy targets.

2. Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Although you may think that the main point of the festival is to have some vegetables, you should know that Thai people have their special way of celebrating. At the festival, you could find numerous tasty dishes and you can also see performances of face piercing and even fire walking.

3. Konaki Sumo

Since the birthplace of sumo is Japan, it is just natural that this country hosts the event. This festival is also known as the Crying Sumo Festival. The main point is to use babies for sumo, and people are curious which baby will cry first. Although you may think that it is cruel, from their point of view it is healthy, because crying babies are said to grow strong.

4. Holi Festival

This is a Hindu festival held in India that is also called the Festival of Colors. The festival consists of people throwing paint at each other. The festival starts with bonfires that symbolize the burning of Holika referring to good fighting evil in the Hindu religion. On the next day all people, young and old gather to sing, dance and to paint each other in all the colors of the rainbow.

5. Boryeong Mud Festival

This is one of the recent traditions since the festival was held for the first time in 1998. The main point of the festival is to promote the benefits of the mud found in South Korea. Many tourists visiting the country for the festival just want to get muddy. There are a lot of different events during the week of the festival and you can buy numerous kinds of beauty products based on mud.

6. Festival of the Hungry Ghosts

This festival marks the day when, according to the Chinese belief, the barrier between the world of living and of ghosts disappears and so the ghosts are free to wander on earth. In order to get rid of the ghosts, people burn items like fake houses, cars and money to send them to the world of ghosts. During the festival, the streets are filled with lanterns to keep away the ghosts; and in some places, there are also fireworks especially held for the spirits.