June 2021

Traditional Celebrations

The Yosakoi Soran Festival (5 – 9 June) held in Sapporo, Japan, is an energetic dancing event featuring naruko clappers and Hokkaido’s Soran Bushi folk melodies.

The Dragon Boat Festival is a celebration where thousands of competitors take part in races as well as parades and other colourful activities. This annual festival takes place in China (25 June), Hong-Kong (14 June), Malaysia, and Singapore. It’s a colourful cultural festival with three distinct activities taking place; eating, drinking and racing dragon boats.

The Phi Ta Khon or 'Ghost Mask Festival' held in Loei, Thailand, celebrates the return of the Buddha-to-be, Prince Vessandorn. It is said that the people in the village celebrated so loud that it awoke the dead who then joined the celebration.

The Bali Arts Festival runs between June and July and celebrates both the traditional and contemporary aspects of Balinese arts and culture with daily performances and handicraft exhibitions taking place.

The Torch Festival is celebrated annually by the Yi people of Southwest China. During the festival, a torch is erected in front of each house and the Yi people can be seen singing and dancing in their colourful traditional clothing.

International Events

The Danang International Fireworks Festival takes place throughout the month of June and showcases an array of spectacular and innovative fireworks, filling the sky with a kaleidoscope of lights, sounds, and colours.

The award-winning Laguna Phuket Marathon is an annual event held in Phuket, Thailand. Distances of 2 km for children, 5 km, 10.5 km, and full and half marathons are available.

The 487th Jakarta Anniversary is celebrated with multiple events running from early June to early July, with the pinnacle of this range of events on 22 June, the day of Jakarta’s anniversary, at the National Monument park.

The Great Singapore Sale gets underway in June and sees eight weeks of endless shopping with deals on practically everything. This extravagant Singapore-wide sale includes clothing, watches, jewellery, electronics, toys and more.