April 2021

Traditional Celebrations

In Vietnam, celebrations occur for one of the most important holidays, Hung Kings Commemoration Day (21 April), with a joyous occasion that is centred on traditional Vietnamese culture and values.

The Qingming Festival (4 April) in China is a time for the Chinese people to honour 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.

The Thay Phuong Pagoda Festival (14 April) is held just outside of Hanoi and sees hundreds of pilgrims travel from across the country to enjoy the pagoda's beautiful scenery and architecture.

New Year is celebrated across much of Asia in April. In Thailand it is known as Songkran (13 – 15 April); Choul Chhnam Khmer (14 – 16 April) in Cambodia; Pi Mai Lao (14 – 16 April) in Laos, and Thingyan (13 – 16 April) in Myanmar. Xishuangbanna in China’s Yunnan Province also holds the Water Splashing Festival (13 – 15 April) to mark the occasion.

Takayama Matsuri or 'Haru no Takayama Matsuri' (14 – 15 April), 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.

Galungan (14 April) is celebrated by Balinese people every six months as per the Balinese calendar. Galungan celebrates the victory of good (Dharma) over evil (Adharma) and encourages the Balinese to show their gratitude with offerings, prayer, and dance. It also marks the time when ancestral spirits of deceased relatives visit the Earth. The last day of the celebration is Kuningan (24 April), when they leave earth.

Ramadan (12 April – 11 May) starts towards the end of April and is mainly celebrated in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Golden Week (29 April – 5 May) in Japan is an extremely popular time for domestic travel. Festivities run from Showa Day (29 April) which honours the memory of the previous Emperor, to Children’s Day (5 May) and includes the adjacent weekends.

International Events

Hue International Festival (1 – 6 April) introduces visitors 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.

The Hong Kong International Film Festival (1 – 12 April) is one of Asia's most reputable platforms for filmmakers, film professionals and filmgoers to launch new works and view fresh features. On average, the festival screens over 250 titles from more than 50 countries in major cultural venues across town.

All you ever need to know about automobiles will be covered at the Shanghai International Auto Show (21 – 28 April). View everything from passenger cars o commercial vehicles, trucks, buses and special prototypes.

Ubud Food Festival 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.

Since its first edition in 2004, the Shanghai Grand Prix has worked its way up in order to become one of most exciting races of the season. Later in the month, the biennial Beijing International Automotive takes place in Beijing. During the year the show is not held in Beijing, the Shanghai International Auto Show is held in Pudong, Shanghai.

The annual Singapore International Jazz Festival 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.

The World Gourmet Summit is held annually in Singapore. This unique event provides an epicurean platform to meet the world’s top chefs and wine experts displaying their best skills.