Calendar of Festivals & Events in Southeast Asia

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Festivals in South East Asia are a cultural experience not to be missed! From the world’s biggest water fight (Songkran in Thailand in April) to the dragons and street performances of Chinese New Year in February, you’ll want to be aware of the best festivals happening across the region every month.

In the predominantly Buddhist countries of Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia, you’ll come across many festivals centred around the temple. Giving alms to monks and blessing Buddha statues is a common sight in this region, as well as some much bigger events such as the beautiful Loi Krathong, the lantern festival in November.

In Hindu regions of Asia, festivals take on a whole new level. Thaipusam Festival taking place every January in Malaysia is not for the faint-hearted as devotees pierce their skin with metal objects and make the long pilgrimage to the Batu Caves.

Then, there’s an increasing number of globally recognised music festivals gaining momentum in South East Asia, such as the Rainforest World Music Festival in June, and the Bali Spirit Festival in March, a must for yoga fans!

Looking for a taster of the best festivals in Southeast Asia? Check out our guide here!