The coming of spring is a festival in itself. Watching the flowers bloom into their colorful and vibrant glory, the new leaves from trees creating the lush greenery, birds chirping and hues popping, makes spring a magical portion of life. With the arrival of spring we have curated a list of 5 Festivals that you can visit in Asia to celebrate the season's colorful magic.
1. Fuji Kawaguchiko Cherry Blossom Festival
Country : Japan
Dates : April 6-14
Sakura Matsuri or The Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the most popular annually held cherry blossom festivals in Japan. Lake Kawaguchiko is especially popular during this season because of the roundabout 300 cherry trees planted in that area which stretching for about 1 km along the north shore of the lake, which makes for a stunning view.
Visitors enjoy the festival free of cost while sightseeing the breathtaking scenery, strolling down the lake, going around the vending stalls with various local food, drinks and crafts and to witness the night light-up of cherry blossoms after sunset.
2. Garden Beats
Country : Singapore
Date : 6th March
Termed as "A Festival for the love of music, arts and conscious living" Garden Beats is Singapore’s first carbon-neutral festival, filled with people who are passionate about the environment, music and arts. People can expect a line up of live acts, art installations and performance pieces, a variety of festival food options, and a platform to explore a world of conscious living through workshops and green initiatives.
If you wish to begin your trip a little early you might also be able to enjoy the Chinese New Years celebrations also know as the Spring Festival, which stretches for the whole month of February and is a great festival to explore.
3. Lotus Lantern Festival - Yeon Deung Hoe
Country : South Korea
Dates : April 24-26
This ancient Korean folk festival that dates back over 1,300 years ago during the Shilla period is currently listed as an ‘Intagible Cultural Property’ of the country. After being passed down through the generations, this grand annual month-long celebration marks Buddha’s coming into our world.
During the festival you can expect a multiple performances, an exhibition of ornate paper lanterns and traditional lanterns made of hanji in various colors and shapes, that symbolise the brightness and light of the participants’ hearts, at the Lantern Parade while enjoying some unique temple foods of Korea.
4. Pohela Falgun
Country : Bangladesh
Date : 13th February
After a cold and dry patch of Winter, the glorious season of spring is welcomed with the colorful celebration of Falgun in Bangladesh. People love to dress themselves up in traditional bengali outfits, the theme being hues of orange and yellow. Most people either opt for personally hosted parties with friends and family or join for public gatherings, celebrating the day by singing songs, reciting poems, enjoying traditional delicacies and dancing.
Country : India
Dates : March 9-10
Considered to be one of the most excitedly celebrated festivals of India, if not in the whole world, Holi is the Hindu festival of colors, togetherness and love that has been a part of the Indian culture for centuries. On this day people get to unite, forgetting all resentments, to play with rainbow colored powders and water guns which is considered to bring alot if positivity.
This great Indian festival lasts for a day and a night. The ritual begins by lighting up the bonfire one day before the day of Holi which symbolizes the triumph of good over the bad, moving forward to play the game of colors with their friends and families.