Waisak Buddha Worship Day INDONESIA
June 2, 2015
On what is considered the holiest of all holidays in Indonesia, worshipers, pilgrimage-goers, visitors, and others who are just curious walk through temples and experience a full cycle of Buddhist belief from birth to enlightenment to death.
Stanley Dragon Boat Race STANLEY MAIN BEACH, HONG KONG
June 28, 2015
The Tuen Ng Festival (or Dragon Boat Festival) attracts competitive and casual participants to dragon boat races held all over Hong Kong. Warm-up races lead up to the extremely colorful Stanley Main Beach festival race. Admission is free. dragonboat.org.hk
Pang Sida Butterfly Watching Festival PANG SIDA NATIONAL PARK SA KAOE, THAILAND
May - July 2015
During these months, the true butterfly aficionados can meet, greet, and take “selfies” with at least 400 types of butterflies in the Pang Sida National Park of the Sa Kaeo Province of Thailand. tourismthailand.org
The Symphony of Lights VICTORIA HARBOUR, HONG KONG
Dubbed the “World’s Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show” by Guinness World Records, Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour is instantly transformed into a synchronized laser lightshow. Visitors can watch a stunning 13-minute multimedia symphony that occurs nightly during the month of June.
Philippine Independence Day WORLDWIDE
June 12, 2015
Independence Day in the Philippines is a very important day for the Filipino people at home and abroad; parades take place in major cities all around the world as people celebrate the Philippines’ declaring independence from Spain in 1898.
Naadam ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA
July 11-13, 2015
For three days in July every year, you can be witness to a piece of Mongolian history. This festival of sports, which can be traced back to the 13th century, includes competitions in wrestling, horse-racing, and archery, and commemorates Mongolia’s independence from China in 1921.
Boryeong Mud Festival BORYEONG, SOUTH KOREA
July 17-26, 2015
This South Korean festival was originally created in 1998 as a promotional event for a line of cosmetics that contained mineral-rich mud from nearby flats. It has since expanded into a two-week event featuring such activities as mud wrestling, mud facials, and mud races, and attracts millions of people. boryeongmudfestival.com
Gion Matsuri KYOTO, JAPAN
July 1-31, 2015
This centuries-old, annual festival in Kyoto takes place over an entire month, with various parades and ceremonies throughout. The most notable event is the Yamaboko Junko parade, which takes place on July 17 and displays historic wooden floats up to 82 feet in height and 12 tons in weight.
Rath Yatra PURI, INDIA
July 18 & 26, 2015
On the streets of Puri every summer, hundreds of thousands of people gather to get a glimpse of three wooden Hindu deities as they are transported in massive chariots between two different temples. Devoted followers believe that just looking upon the deities can imbue good fortune and right their wrongs.
Fuji Rock Festival MOUNT NAEBA, JAPAN
July 24-26, 2015
The Naeba Ski Resort comes alive during this three-day music festival that features international bands and local musicians alike. The event houses multiple stages and in recent years has attracted more than 100,000 visitors. Performers for 2015 include Foo Fighters, Muse, and deadmau5.