March 2022

Traditional Celebrations

Omizutori (1 – 14 March) is an annual, sacred water-drawing festival that takes place at Nigatsudo Hall in Nara, Japan. Among the many different events held during Omizutori, Otaimatsu is the most famous and spectacular. Each evening, just after sunset, giant torches ranging in length are carried up to Nigatsudo's balcony and held over the crowd. The burning embers, that shower down from the balcony, are thought to bestow the onlookers with a safe year.

Unlike most cultures across the world that celebrate New Year with parties and sparkling festivities, the new year in the Balinese Saka calendar is dedicated to complete silence. Nyepi Day (3 March) falls on the night of a new moon and is celebrated by carrying demon effigies or huge monsters with bulging eyes made of bamboo, paper-mâché and cloth and known as Ogoh-Ogoh through the streets in torch-lit parades. No travel (domestic, international or local) or activities should be scheduled for Nyepi Day. Melasti (28 February) is performed 3-4 days beforehand, while Pengrupukan (2 March) takes place on the eve of Nyepi.

The Shwedagon Pagoda Festival (7 – 16 March) is Yangon’s biggest festival. Leading up to the full moon, teams of weavers compete to loom the most cloth for resident monks. Visitors come from all over Myanmar, dressed in the best attire to make offerings of water, light and flowers at the country's most important pagoda.

Pindaya Cave Festival (15 – 17 March) takes place at the Shwe Oo Min Pagoda Cave in Pindaya, where thousands of devotees throng the cave to pay homage to the pagoda. You will find hundreds of small stalls selling delicious local foods, Shan handicrafts, all kinds of cheroots (Myanmar cigars), Shan umbrellas, and tribes from all over Shan State dressed in colourful costumes.

International Events

Keep in good shape at the Tokyo Marathon (6 March), one of the world’s greatest marathons. The Grand Sumo Tournament (13 – 27 March) also takes place in Osaka, Japan, this month.

Guided by industry experts, the all-new IoT Asia+ (16 – 17 March) offers a refreshed concept on integrating Blockchain, AI, AR and other enabling technologies for widespread consumer and commercial applications.

Keep in good shape at the Tokyo Marathon (22 March) held in Japan's capital city.

A platform for modern and contemporary artists to showcase classic forms to cutting edge experimental pieces, the annual Art Basel (24 – 26 March) in Hong-Kong attracts the world's leading gallerists and collectors and always promises to push the boundaries of our expectations.

The World Snooker China Open is one of eight ranking tournaments confirmed by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WBPSA). It is scheduled to take place at Beijing University's Students Gymnasium during March - April.

Hong Kong’s flourishing arts scene comes to fruition each March with an inspirational spectrum of events during Hong Kong Arts Month. From opera to ballet, from art installations to seminars, there’s something to suit all tastes — whether you’re a connoisseur or simply a dabbler.

The annual Peach Blossom Festival is celebrated across Shanghai’s city parks, when the pink buds are in full bloom. Folk dancing, traditional Chinese music, pig racing and other local activities can also be expected.

The Hong Kong International Film Festival 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.

The Spring Festival Flower Fair held every year in Guangzhou, China, has attracted attention from both home and abroad. During the festival, the city's streets are decorated with fragrant and beautiful fresh flowers and golden tangerines, while visitors shop for flowers and gifts at flower markets.

The more eco-friendly Formula E in Hong Kong is a motor racing championship for electrically-powered vehicles. It is recognised by motorsport's governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), as the highest class of competition for electric open-wheel racing cars.