Asia is the largest continent in the world with hundreds of different cultures and societies living on it. It may seem obvious that there would be hundreds of carnivals and festivals all year round.

Let’s look at the top five carnivals and events:

  • The Holi Festival in India
  • The Songkhran Festival in Thailand
  • The Thaipusam Festival in Malaysia
  • The Chinese New Year festival in China
  • The Tet Nguyen Dan Festival in Vietnam

These five are just merely a drop in the ocean of festivals throughout the continent, chosen by focusing on the crowd gathering as the main determinant factor.

  • The Holi Festival in India

The Holi Festival is widely celebrated around the country as well as in other Hindu-associated societies. It’s also known as the festival of colors. Holi is celebrated on the last full moon of the lunar month Phalguna which comes somewhere in February or March. Phalguna is the last month of the winter season as well and Holi is a way to welcome the spring season. However, Holi is mainly celebrated to mark the triumph of good over evil.

  • The Songkhran Festival in Thailand

The Songkhran Festival is one of the largest in the region. It marks the New Year according to the Thai traditional calendar.

  • The Thaipusam Festival in Malaysia

The Thaipusam Festival is a Hindu Festival celebrating the birth of Lord Muruga There is a large focus on the Batu Caves temple. The festivities in that area are attended by almost 1.5 million devotees annually.

  • The Chinese New Year in China

The Chinese New Year gets extremely colorful towards the final few days. The lantern procession and lion dancing occur during that time.

  • The Tet Nguyen Dan Festival in Vietnam

The Tet Nguyen Dan Festival marks the New Year according to the Vietnamese calendar. It is the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture.

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