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Wonderful Festivals of Asia

Taiwanese Lantern Festival
Wonderful Festivals of Asia

Some of us like classic festivals that celebrate the seasons, honor ancestors or tastefully ring in the New Year. If that sounds like you, here are our recommendations…

China’s Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is perhaps the largest ice and snow festival in the world. Taking place from 5 January to 5 February, this unique festival showcases beautiful ice sculpture artworks, ranging from small mythical creatures and beautifully lit ice lanterns to awe-inspiring 250-feet monuments in an amazing display of craftsmanship and light.

Malaysia’s Hindu festival Thaipusam attracts over one million devotees and tens of thousands of tourists.  Thaipusam is an eight-hour procession that starts at the Sri Mahamariamman Temple in Kuala Lumpur and ends atop the 272 steps at the stunning temple at Batu Caves just outside Kuala Lumpur. It is celebrated on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February).

Singapore’s Chinese New Year festival is a nonstop three-day party and is one of the most anticipated events in the country, featuring dragon parades, fireworks, colorfully-decorated streets with intricate lanterns,  and a lion dance competition, all of which are punctuated with the multi-cultural sounds of music from around the world.

Taiwanese Lantern Festival is celebrated with lantern making, lantern riddle games and displays of glittering decorative lanterns, the most magical, romantic and striking event happens when the lanterns are adorned with the wishes and dreams of each owner and then released simultaneously along with thousands of others.

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