October 2022

Traditional Celebrations

Golden Week (1 – 7 October) in China is one of the peak periods for domestic travel in the country and best avoided if possible.

Indein Pagoda Festival (5 – 9 October) is a Buddhist ceremony held at the shrine complex of Indein, a small village located along Inle Lake. A Buddha image is enshrined at a stupa that sits on the summit of a hill with hundreds of ancient stupas located below.

Takayama Matsuri (6 – 13 October) is the annual festival of the Hachiman Shrine in the northern half of Takayama Old Town. The festival is also known as Hachiman Festival or Autumn Festival.

Thandingyut Light Festival (8 – 9 October) is celebrated across Myanmar. It begins one day before the full moon and ends after three days. Houses and streets are beautifully illuminated. The nation’s pagodas are very crowded. It is not only a festival of joy but also a time to give thanks to parents and teachers and to ask those who you wronged during the year for forgiveness.

Boun Ok Pansa (10 October) in Laos is the 'End of Buddhist Lent Festival', marking the end of the monks' three-month fast. Donations and offerings are made at various temples with hundreds of ornately decorated candle-lit floats made from paper set adrift.

The Boat Racing Festival (11 October) in Laos sees Luang Prabang and the Mekong River come to life with flamboyant candle-lit boats made from strips of bamboo, tissue paper and candles. This month the Naga Rocket Festival is also celebrated in Laos.

The Chongyang Festival is also known as the 'Double Ninth Festival' (14 October). ‘Chong’ in Chinese means double which is how the name Chongyang came to be. It’s a day of eating Chongyang cake, drinking chrysanthemum wine, climbing mountains, and paying homage to chrysanthemums.

Jidai Matsuri (22 October), or Festival of Ages, is the anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto. At this time a pageant is ferried through the city followed by 2000 people dressed in attire representing various eras of Kyoto's history. This is a great opportunity to see traditional Japanese customs and costumes.

A major event in Asia is Deepavali (24 October), 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.

Occuring every 210 days based on the Balinese lunar calendar, Pagerwesi (26 October) celebrates Sang Yang, the creator of the universe, with grand ceremonies island-wide.

International Events

Historically, the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix (8 – 11 October) has been one of the last races of the season, and as such the Japanese Grand Prix has been the venue for many title-deciding races, with 13 World Champions being crowned over the 34 World Championship Japanese Grands Prix that have been hosted.

The legendary Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is a spectacular event where artists, performers and musicians from across the globe share their knowledge and creative talents over a period of five days in Ubud on the island of Bali, Indonesia.

The Cross Harbour Race sees about 1,000 contestants swim 1.8 km across iconic Victoria Harbour. The Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival also takes place this month and brings together world-class food, drinks and entertainment right next to the stunning Victoria Harbour skyline.

The GREAT Wine & Dine Festival returns once again to Resorts World Sentosa this to celebrate some of the best wines in the world.

The Zhengzhou International Shaolin Martial Arts Festival aims to not only promote the popularization of the traditional martial arts and raise awareness of Zhengzhou City but also promote and strengthen the cooperation and communication of martial arts among the various countries and regions in the world.

The Shanghai International Music Fireworks Festival has been held annually in Century Park during October since 2000 and is one of the major cultural festivals of Shanghai.

Get your heart pumping with the Luang Prabang Half Marathon through the UNESCO Heritage City of Luang Prabang in Laos.