Aside from the national landmarks, one of the best things Asia has to offer are its festivals. Festival is a celebration that lasts over a period of time. Since the birth of Jesus, festivals are already being held around the globe. Check out our top list of must-see festivals in Asian countries:
Taiwan Lantern Festival
Who would forget the most stunning and famous lantern festival in Asia. Thousands of sky lanterns light over the Pingxi District annually. For Taiwanese, they are the symbol to let others know that the town was safe. The lanterns also contain wishes and images inside relating to the owner.
Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival
Annually held in China, this winter festival was known to be as the largest ice and snow festival in the world. The festival simply showcases the world’s biggest ice sculptures, ranging from small creatures to 250-feet ice monuments. At first, only Chinese participants are able to compete, but it has since become an international festival and competition as of today.
This procession that lasts for eight hours that starts at the Sri Mahamariamman Temple and ends to the Batu Caves’ temples. Asian countries like Singapore and Malaysia where there is a significant presence of Tamil community hosts this event. What makes it a famous festival in Asia, is that devotees bear physical burdens (known as kavadi) such as their different body parts are pierced with skewers.
It is also known as the Festival of Colors or the Festival of Sharing Love. It is a two-day ancient religious event held in March. Aside from being one of the most important festivals in the Hindu calendar, it is also a fivefold celebration. This is mainly because they believe it is the beginning of the Hindu new year, the beginning of spring, a dawn for refurbishing old and current relationships and conflicts, love and the triumph of good over evil.
Winter Light Festival
During winter, a botanical theme park in Japan namely Nabana No Sato features the most impressive illuminations in the world. Well-known as the Winter Light Festival, the flowers’ fragrance mingles with the cold winter along with the light shows. Tourists across the globe leaves everyone stunned as the lights blanket the whole theme park and its waters.
Chinese New Year
Also known as the Lunar New Year, this century-old festival gains significance due to its several myths and traditions. By tradition, the festival was a time to honor deities and ancestors. It was also known to be as a major holiday for the Chinese along with its neighboring countries due to its large influence. Additionally, Chinese New Year features dragon parades, fireworks, colorful streets with lanterns and other street parties.
Locally known as the Flowers Festival, is an annual event held during the month of February at Baguio City in the Philippines. Baguio streets come alive with spectacular rhythmic dances and colorful floral parades for a week. In addition, the main purpose of the festival was also symbol to rise up from the 1990 Luzon earthquake devastation.
Festivals are very significant around the world. There are different reasons why people celebrate them. Some said that it’s for honoring a certain saint or a locality’s hero. Festivals not just reminds us of our country’s history, it’s other main purpose is to brings families and friends much closer together.