Asia is the largest continent in the world and is also the most culturally diverse one. With hundreds of religions and thousands of cultures co-existing in one continent, the continent attracts millions of tourists every year. Asia celebrates a number of festivals each year, where each one of them celebrates a different fact or occasion. There are certain cultural festivals in Asia which are a must-visit for everyone and attract thousands of outsiders every year. The following is a list of the 5 must-attend cultural festivals in Asia
1. Chinese New Year-Singapore
This festival is celebrated across many places in Asia but not like it is celebrated in Singapore. Singapore organizes a huge 3 day party to mark the Lunar New Year and is also the longest festival in the Chinese calendar. It features dragon parades, amazing fireworks, dance competitions and many other highlights. It falls between January and February every year.
This festival of colors is a Hindu festival held in March in India every year. This festival is mainly celebrated in the Northern regions of India and involves throwing colors at not just family members but also neighbors and others. It marks the win of good over evil and is a beautiful and colorful festival which many tourists come to experience.
3. Taiwan Lantern Festival-Taiwan
This is an interesting festival that involves lighting of lanterns in the Pingxi region of the country. The collective effect of the thousands of lanterns up in the air looks beautiful and has gained tremendous popularity in the world over the years. This festival is one of the reasons that attract large number of tourist to this place. This festival is held somewhere between February and March.
This festival marks the New Year day in Thailand and is a festival when people descend to the streets and engage in the world’s biggest water fight. The spectacle is highly-energetic and one of the most spectacular sights in the world. People come together, forgetting all their despairs and differences and embrace one another with love. This festival is celebrated from 13th to 15th April.
5. Dragon Boat Festival-China
This festival marks the fifth day of the fifth month of the traditional lunar calendar and involves people riding dragon boats and engaging in boat races. Boats can vary in size but each is decorated by its owners beautifully. A sacred ceremony is also performed before the competition is about to take place. It usually takes place in the month of June.