The Festival Calendar
Thousands gather at the sacred monument of Borobudur to celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. Festivities differ by year.
Bun Bang Fai (Rocket Festival)
Various provinces, Laos
Huge rockets made of bamboo and painted with bright colours are launched into the sky to pray for rain.
Chanthaburi and Rayong Fruit Festivals
Chanthaburi & Rayong, Thailand
A celebration of tropical fruits, wih feasting on fruits such as durian, mangosteen, langsat, dragon fruit, rambutan and more.
Tenganan, Bali, Indonesia
Watch the Tenganan men engage in a fierce but good-natured battle ritual, hitting their opponents with thorny Pandanus leaves.
Pulilan Carabao Festival (Kneeling Carabao Festival)
Buffalos are groomed and proudly paraded through the streets alongside beautifully-decorated floats before kneeling in front of the church to be blessed.
Royal Ploughing Ceremony
In this regal ceremony, the king or a representative ploughs the land with two oxen and predictions are made for the coming year.
The town of Lucban becomes a riot of colours as locals decorate their houses with vegetables to celebrate the harvest season.
Flores de Mayo
As part of Flores de Mayo, a beautiful pageant parade, known as the Santacruzan, is held in cities and towns all around the Philippines.