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15 Amazing Festivals to go in Asia before you Die

By on October 29, 2015

Mouthwatering food. Vibrant cultures. Unforgettable landscapes. As if Asia needed any more reasons to visit, it’s also the homeland of some of the world’s most thrilling festivals.

Many of the festivals you’re about to read about have been around for 100s of years, attracting visitors from miles around to take part in the important rituals and community spirit that rolls like a joyous crescendo through the foothills and valleys of the alluring continent. 

1) Boryeong Mud festival – South Korea


2) Songkran – Thailand

Chiang Mai Songkran Festiva

3) Harbin International Ice Festiva – China

This picture taken on December 30, 2013 shows a general view of the ice lanterns and carvings at the 2014 Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, in northeast China's Heilongjiang province. This year's "Ice and Snow World" will officially open on January 5, 2014. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO

4) Thaipoosam – Malaysia

4 Malaysia

5) Holi – India


6) Dragon Boat Festival – Hong Kong


7) Loi Krathong Lantern Festival – Thailand


8) Sapporo Snow Festival – Japan

Sapporo's local idol group, Team Crereco...Sapporo's local idol group, Team Crereco performs on a stage in front of a10-metre-tall and 18-metre-wide ice statue of the National Palace Museum in Taipei during the 65th annual Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo on February 5, 2014. The week-long festival started with a total of 198 snow statues on display and expects to attract around two million visitors. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURATOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images

9) Phuket Vegetarian Festival  – Thailand


10) Naadam – Mongolia


11) Ati-Atihan – Philippines


12) Cherry Blossom Festival – Japan


13) Elephant Festival – Laos


14) Nyepi Bali – Indonesia


15) Full Moon of Tabaung – Myanmar15yangon-shwedagon-full-moonfestival-4252

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    October 29, 2015

    Since I live in Bangkok, I have attended several of these festivals. The Harbin Ice Festival was the most dramatic. and the Holi Festival was the most fun. But for the sheer exotic, strange and shocking, Thaipoosam is at the top of the list.



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