June 2022

Traditional Celebrations

The Taki Noh or 'Bonfire Noh Performance' (1 – 2 June) is one of the most ancient musical forms in Japan with performances taking place during the night at the Heian Jingu Shrinein Kyoto. Burning torches illuminate the stage with actors wearing lacquer coated wooden masks and dressed in period costumes.

The Phi Ta Khon (3 June) 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.

Galungan Day (9 June) is celebrated by Balinese people every six months as per the Balinese calendar, to commemorate the victory of dharma against adharma and mark the time when the ancestral spirits visit the Earth. The last day of the celebration is Kuningan (18 June) when the spirits return.

The Dragon Boat Festival (3 June) 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, Hong Kong, and Singapore. It’s a colourful cultural festival with three distinct activities taking place; eating, drinking and racing dragon boats.

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

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 (1 – 7 June) 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 CommunicAsia Exhibition (8 – 10 June) is amongst the largest platforms organised for the ICT industry in the Asia-Pacific region, drawing global industry brands to showcase key and emerging technologies.

The award-winning Laguna Phuket Marathon (11 – 12 June) 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 (22 June) is celebrated with multiple events running from early June to early July, with the pinnacle of this range of events at the National Monument park.

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 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.