January 2021

Traditional Celebrations

The Naga New Year (13 – 16 January) is the Naga's biggest festival and sees various Naga tribes in northeast Myanmar join to celebrate, making it the perfect opportunity to see a variety of different Naga communities come together.

Ananda Pagoda Festival (22 – 27 January) takes place in Bagan exactly one week preceding the full moon. Villagers from around Bagan attend and camp next to the pagoda in their bullock and horse carts.

River HongBao (23 January – 1 February) is an annual Lunar Chinese New Year event held in Marina Bay, Singapore. Visitors can immerse in a special Chinese cultural experience through this lively festival.

The Mahamuni Pagoda Festival (25 January – 8 February) in Mandalay is a special occasion when hundreds of pilgrims from all over the country travel to the most important Buddhist monument in their city.

The Kachin Manaw Festival (26 – 27 January) is held annually in Myitkyina and sees the Kachin people come together to celebrate past victories in battle. Various tribes come together to dance around traditional Manaw poles decorated in colourful motifs.

Thaipusam (28 January) is observed in Singapore and Malaysia as a highly symbolic Hindu festival celebrated in honour of Lord Murugan who represents virtue, youth and power to Hindus and is the destroyer of evil.

The joyous and always spectacular Chingay Parade (31 January – 1 February) brings together multi-cultural performers from across the globe with a grand opening, larger than life performances and emphatic closing ceremony. Expect acrobat artists, giant artistic puppets and dramatic shows.

The Gunbing Festival is a folk custom taking place during January in Harbin, China. Stemming from an old folk legend, on the night of Yuan Xiao people gather together on the frozen river and light candles, before rolling on the ground to rid themselves of bad luck and roll in the good luck.

International Events

The world's largest ice festival, the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival (5 January – 5 February), takes place every year in China’s Harbin City. This annual event attracts artists and ice sculpting experts from all over the world.

Watch the heavyweights in action at one of Japan's most prestigious sumo events, the Grand Sumo Tournament (10 – 24 January), in Tokyo. Held every January, this is the first of Japan's six annual Sumo Tournaments, known as honbasho.

Singapore Art Week (22 – 30 January) is a nine-day celebration of the visual arts will take place in venues across Singapore; from galleries and museums to art precincts and independent art spaces.

Throughout January visit Thailand’s Red Lotus Sea Festival in Udon Thani, Borsang Umbrella & Sankamphaeng Craft Festival (15 – 17 January) in Chiang Mai, and the Colours of Doi Tung and Chiang Rai ASEAN Flowers Fair (27 December – 19 January) in Chiang Rai.

The Ho Chi Minh Marathon (17 January) presents a fun and challenging opportunity for runners of all levels come together in Vietnam’s dynamic southern region, while the first edition of the Vietnam Trail Marathon (30 January) showcases the majestic, hidden trails of Moc Chau in the North.