September 2022

Traditional Celebrations

Mid-Autumn Festival (10 September) is celebrated in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia and Vietnam to signal the new harvest and worship the moon on the role it plays. Celebrations include eating moon cakes, carrying bright lanterns and watching lively dragon dances. To celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival in Hong Kong (22 September) there are many interesting events taking place including Tai Hang fire dragon dance & lantern displays and carnivals. Tai Hang fire dragon dance consists of 300 performers, over 24,000 incense sticks per night, and a 67-metre dragon consisting of 32 sections whose head alone weighs 70 kg.

The Monkey God Festival (22 September) is mainly celebrated in Hong Kong, on the sixteenth day of the eighth lunar month. It is dedicated to the Monkey God who was thrown out of the Taoist Heaven for his mischievous deeds. The Monkey God is a popular character in East Asian stories and today people remember him by burning incense and making paper offerings during the festival.

The Phuket Vegetarian Festival (24 September – 3 October) is a time when people of Chinese descent will, for nine days, adhere to a strict vegetarian diet and suspend numerous activities. This ceremony is not so much about vegetarianism as it is about welcoming good spirits and warding off bad ones with facial piercings.

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival (25 September – 12 October) is the most well-known festival held at Inle Lake and is marked by a procession of leg-rowed boats ceremoniously tugging four Buddha statues situated on a royal barge clockwise around the lake. Throughout the event, leg-rowed boat races are being held and hundreds of other vessels arrive to create a jubilant festive atmosphere.

The Qufu International Confucius Festival is held annually in Qufu, Shandong Province. It is marked by a grand ceremony worshipping Confucius, performances at the Temple of Confucius and Cemetery of Confucius, and occasionally a kung fu competition.

Once a highly respected alchemist, Bo Bo Gyi is now revered as a nat, or a local spirit. On the eve of Bo Bo Gyi Spirit Festival, pilgrims throw small packets of tea leaves at one another. According to local traditions, if you are hit by a tea packet, you must visit again the following year to pay respects.

International Events

Meet the largest gathering of leading F&B manufacturers and emerging brands at the FHA-Food & Beverage (5 – 8 September). With a line-up of leading global suppliers, industry professionals can anticipate the most extensive showcase of trending F&B and hospitality products and solutions, cutting-edge technologies for food & drinks manufacturing, and more at the mega event.

Thailand’s River Kwai International Half Marathon (11 September) also takes place this month in Kanchanaburi.

The Grand Sumo Tournament (11 – 25 September) takes place in Tokyo, Japan this month.

The Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix (30 September – 2 October) is one of the city's most highly anticipated events each year, taking place on the Marina Bay Circuit – the first street circuit in Asia designed for Formula One races.

There are several intriguing events happening across China in September, including Zhangjiajie International Forest Festival and the Xian Ancient Culture Art Festival, which is held annually over the course of one week. The Beijing 798 Art Festival is also held annually at the end of September and takes place at Beijing's 798 Art Zone – one of China's main centres for cutting edge contemporary art located in the northeast of the city.

Traditional Thai-Laos Long-Boat Racing takes place in several cities across Thailand, including Bueng Kan, Pichit and Nan. During the festival, religious ceremonies are accompanied by cheering teams competing for H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's Cup.