November 2022

Traditional Celebrations

The Balloon Festival (1 – 7 November) in Taunggyi, Myanmar, witnesses hot balloon competitions happening day and night. Day balloons are usually in the form of Pagodas and animals such as elephants, dragons or ducks, while the night balloons are usually in the shape of huge elongated balls with small lighted multicoloured paper lanterns hung around their sides.

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.

Shwezigon Pagoda Festival (4 – 7 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 (7 – 8 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.

Cambodia’s Water Festival is known as Bon Om Thouk (7 – 9 November) and marks the end of the monsoon – and the reversal of the flow of the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers, a natural phenomenon unique to Cambodia. Hundreds of thousands descend on the capital for three days of partying and festivities along the riverside.

Boun Pha That Luang Festival (8 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.

Loy Kratong (9 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 (9 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.

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.

This month the Grand Sumo Tournament (13 – 27 November) takes place in Fukuoka, Japan.

Evolved from the highly successful Food&HotelAsia (FHA), FHA-HoReCa (23 – 24 November) brings together the most extensive line-up of leading global suppliers in Asia, showcasing the latest innovations and smart technologies catered to the region’s fast-growing food service & hospitality industry.

The last Sunday in November is reserved for the Lopburi Monkey Banquet (27 November) 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.

A major international trade show, the World Aquaculture Singapore 2022 (29 – 2 December) is the place to learn about the latest aquaculture technologies presented by exhibitors from around the world.

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.