July 16, 2024

Angila Zuhlke

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How to Celebrate Festivals in Asia

How to Celebrate Festivals in Asia


In Asia, festivals are the most exciting part of the year. During these times, you’ll get to experience great food, beautiful colors and amazing dances. Here’s a list of some of the best festivals in Asia that you should check out:

How to Celebrate Festivals in Asia

Loi Krathong

Loi Krathong is one of the most popular festivals in Thailand. It’s celebrated each year on the night of the full moon in November, and it’s said that this festival was originally held to celebrate the end of a drought.

In order to celebrate Loi Krathong, you’ll need:

  • A krathong – these are small baskets made from banana leaves or bamboo which float on water when released by their makers. You can make your own at home using materials found around your house!
  • A candle – Most people will use candles made from jasmine flowers so that they smell nice while they float down rivers or lakes during this festival time period (they burn out quickly).

Naga Fireballs Festival

Naga Fireballs Festival

This festival is held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and it is a festival of lights. Thousands of people come together to celebrate this event by throwing candles into the water and fireballs into the air. There is also a parade of lights that takes place during this time.

Thai New Year Festival

The Thai New Year Festival is a festival that celebrates the new year, and it takes place on 13th April. It’s a time for families to come together, and people give gifts to each other.

Thai people believe there are 365 days in a year, so this holiday is celebrated every year on the same day as Westerners celebrate Christmas or New Year’s Eve (depending on your religion).

Songkran Water Festival

Songkran, also known as Thai New Year, is an annual festival that takes place in April. The celebrations last for three days and are centered around paying respect to the elders of your family, friends or community by sprinkling them with water. It’s customary for people to dress up in traditional clothing during this time too!

In addition to paying homage to those who have passed away within the past year (this is why many temples will be visited), Songkran also marks an important step forward in time: it marks one year since Buddha died; thus beginning another cycle of reincarnation.


Pongal is a harvest festival that marks the beginning of spring. It is celebrated in the Tamil month of Thai (January), which corresponds to mid-February to mid-March on the Gregorian calendar.

Pongal is also called Makara Sankranthi or Kannum Pongal and it falls at the time when sun enters into Makara Rasi (Capricorn). The word Pongal means ‘boiling over’ or ‘overflowing’. The festival marks the end of harvest season and thanksgiving for good harvest. It’s celebrated with great fanfare and gaiety throughout Tamil Nadu and other parts of India such as Bihar, Karnataka, Kerala etc., where people celebrate it as their own state’s festival too!

Dry Festival

The Dry Festival is a festival that celebrates the end of a long rainy season. It’s held in many Asian countries including Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. The Dry Festival celebrates the end of the rainy season by drinking alcohol with friends and family.

In Thailand, people gather together on New Year’s Eve to drink whiskey or rum at midnight before going out for dinner or dancing into 2019 with friends!

There are many ways to experience the various festivals in Asia.

There are many ways to experience the various festivals in Asia. Some of them are more popular than others, some religious and some local. Some festivals are family oriented while others are more geared towards single travelers looking for adventure.

It all depends on what you’re looking for!


There are many ways to experience the various festivals in Asia. If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, try out some of these festivals!