April 2019

Traditional Celebrations

New Year is celebrated across much of Asia in April. In Thailand it is known as Songkran; Choul Chhnam Khmer in Cambodia; Pi Mai Lao in Laos and Thingyan in Myanmar. Also Xishuangbanna in China’s Yunnan Province holds celebrations to mark the occasion. It is known worldwide for its joyous festivities and the splashing of water. New Year generally falls on around 13-16 of April.

The Qingming Festival (5 April) in China is a time for the Chinese people to honor their ancestors and pay respect to the dead. This is done by cleaning tombs of the deceased while burning offerings at the site. Qingming is also observed in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

In Vietnam celebrations occur for one of the most important holidays, Hung Kings Commemoration Day (14 April), with a joyous occasion that is centered on traditional Vietnamese culture and values.

Takayama Matsuri (14-15 April) or (Haru no Takayama Matsuri) is one of Japan’s most visually striking festivals to celebrate the coming of spring. The Takayama Festival is ranked as one of Japan's three most beautiful festivals, held twice a year in spring and autumn.

Golden week in Japan occurs from 27 April - 6 May, and is an extremely popular time for domestic travel. Festivities run from 29 April (Showa Day) which honors the memory of the previous Emperor, to 5 May (Children’s day) and includes the adjacent weekends.

Popa Ceremony (13–17 April) takes place at Mount Popa in Myanmar - a vast volcanic mountain located southeast of Bagan. It is said that the area is home to Mahagiri, the most important of all the nats, spirits worshipped by the Myanmar people. During the festival, pilgrims ascend the mountain to take part in traditional dances, making it a very crowded yet spiritual festival.

International events

Join 40,000 spectators at the Hong Kong Sevens (5-7 April) for one of the world's most electrifying rugby events. Following on from the Hong Kong Sevens and next on the rugby circuit is the Singapore Sevens (13-14 April), held at Singapore’s National Stadium in the heart of the city.

Ubud Food Festival (22–26 April) is an Asia’s leading culinary celebration, with the spotlight on Indonesian food and its food industry members shining brighter than ever. It will be bringing together some of the greatest culinary names from across the archipelago and beyond, sometimes the main program just isn't enough.

Since its first edition in 2004, the Shanghai Grand Prix (11-14 April) has worked its way up in order to become one of most exciting races of the season.

The World Snooker China Open (2-8 April), is a professional snooker tournament and one of just eight ranking tournaments confirmed by the WPBSA. The chosen venue is Beijing University Students Gymnasium.

Singapore International Jazz Festival (6-8 April), is a delight for music lovers as a stunning line up of more than 250 artists are involved. International Grammy Award Winners and the very best from the world of jazz, soul and R&B in Singapore take to the stage.

Hue International Festival takes place from 22 April – 2 May, introducing people to Hue's traditional craft villages, helping preserve the strong traditions within the city. Visitors can explore the many handicrafts, photography exhibitions and enjoy fine cuisine.

Weather Patterns

April is the best time to visit Japan and the island of Langkawi in Malaysia. In Vietnam it is the colorful fruit season which sees all sort of foods picked and sold around the Mekong Delta. Further north in Sapa, the peach blossom creates stunning scenery and breathtaking vistas. Changes in the weather patterns toward the end of the month make Indonesia more favorable while China’s average temperatures also rise.