November 2021

Traditional Celebrations

A major event in Asia is Deepavali (4 November), also known as 'Diwali'. It’s an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn every year in Malaysia, Singapore and Myanmar. The festival signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance and good over despair. Fairs take place in many towns and villages with numerous scheduled performances.

Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu (3 November) is an annual event held on Culture Day at Yumoto Onsen, Hakone. A procession of a total of 170 people dressed up as samurai warriors and princesses parades over a distance of 6 km in the hot spring town.

The Balloon Festival (12 – 18 November) in Taunggyi witnesses hot balloon competitions happening day and night. Day balloons are usually in the form of Pagodas and animals such as elephant, dragon or ducks, while the night balloons usually in the shape of huge elongated balls with small lighted multicoloured paper lanterns hung around their sides.

Shwezigon Pagoda Festival (15 – 18 November) in Bagan celebrates with food stalls, shops selling local products, magic shows, puppet shows, theatrical shows, Zat pwe and Anyeints. Locals and foreigners join in the celebrations together on this auspicious occasion.

The Tazaugdine Festival of Light, also known as the Lighting Festival (17 – 18 November), is a colourful gathering during which special yellow monk robe-weaving competitions are held outside pagodas. The robes are then offered to the monks. At the Koehtatkyi Pagoda in Yangon, 9,999 candles are lit to mark this auspicious occasion.

Loy Kratong (19 November) is one of the most picturesque festivals to take place in Asia as people release lotus-shaped rafts with candles onto the water. This festival is celebrated throughout Thailand and in some parts of Laos.

Yi Peng Festival (19 November) takes place in Thailand and is a traditional performance in Lanna style when floating lanterns are released into the night sky. A spectacular sight to behold with live demonstrations on how to make Yi Peng lanterns.

Boun Pha That Luang Festival (26 November) is the largest temple fair to take place in Laos, featuring shows and carnival-type games. Temples are illuminated at night and the festival culminates on the morning of the full moon when several thousand monks receive alms at the 'dak baht' ceremony.

Oc Om Boc Festival is a celebration of cultural pastimes in Soc Trang, Vietnam. Every year the Khmer community from all over Vietnam and even Cambodia turns out for this festival, with longboat races taking place on the Soc Trang River. Races are held according to the lunar calendar in November (10th lunar month). The races start at noon but things get jumping in Soc Trang the evening before.

International Events

The Hong Kong Great November Feast (1 – 30 November) offers exclusive themed and discounted menus at an abundance of the city’s top eateries, including Michelin-starred restaurants.

Normally held every March, teams from the world’s top rugby nations gather at Hong Kong Stadium to compete at one of the world's most electrifying rugby events, the Hong Kong Sevens (5 – 7 November).

This month the Grand Sumo Tournament (14 – 28 November) takes place in Fukuoka, Japan.

The last Sunday in November is reserved for the Lopburi Monkey Banquet where the world’s wildest dinner party is held in honour of these long-tailed macaques, who have become integrated into local society despite their pick-pocketing tendencies and mercurial attitudes.

Clockenflap is an annual music and arts festival held in Hong Kong during November and is the marquee music event of the year. The legendary three-day event is a collection of music, art and culinary experiences, aimed at bringing together a community of people who share a love for the beautiful city and its creative output.