January 2023

Traditional Celebrations

During this annual street parade, the Penang Pesta Chingay Parade (1 Jan, Malaysia) sees Chingay and Lion Dance troupe members display their skills in balancing stilt poles. There will be giant colourful flags, floats, and lion and dragon dance performances.

Galungan Day (4 Jan, Indonesia) is a Balinese holiday celebrating the victory of dharma over adharma. It marks the time when ancestral spirits visit the Earth. The last day of the celebration is Kuningan, when the spirits return.

Kuningan Day (14 Jan, Indonesia) is a Balinese holiday celebrating the victory of dharma over adharma. This is the last day of the celebration when ancestral spirits return home.

The Angkor Photo Festival (6-15 Jan, Cambodia) launched its first iteration in 2005 with the aim of providing an affordable and accessible educational and professional platform for the region’s emerging photographic community.

Chinese New Year (22 Jan, Thailand) is celebrated throughout Thailand and not just by those who can claim Chinese heritage. Some restaurants and businesses in certain areas (such as Bangkok’s Chinatown) may close, but elsewhere it will be business as usual. However, plenty of firecrackers will go off and many Thai people will be wearing red shirts and handing out “Ang Pao” (red money packets).

Tet (21-24 Jan, Vietnam) is Vietnam's equivalent to the Chinese New Year and is just as auspicious. The Vietnamese consider Tet to be the year's most important festival. Family members gather in their hometowns, traveling from across the country (or the world) to spend the Tet holidays in each other's company.

International Events

Singapore Art Week (6-15 Jan, Singapore) celebrates visual arts with fairs, gallery openings, lifestyle exhibitions, and public art walks. The week is led by the National Arts Council in partnership with STB and SEDB.

The third year of the Vietnam Trail Series (7 Jan, Vietnam) by Topas. Following the Vietnam Mountain Marathon in Sapa and Pu Luong’s Vietnam Jungle Marathon, the Vietnam Trail Marathon is an opportunity to discover the hidden trails of Moc Chau.

Salonpas Ho Chi Minh City Marathon (8 Jan, Vietnam) is the biggest marathon in Vietnam, which counts on continuous support from the Association of Athletics Federations in Ho Chi Minh City and the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture and Sports.

The Grand Sumo Tournament (8-22 Jan, Japan) provides the opportunity to watch the heavyweights in action at one of Japan's most prestigious sumo events.

The 19th Royal Langkawi International Regatta (9-14 Jan, Malaysia) provides a unique opportunity for sailing vessels of various shapes and sizes to show their beauty against the scenic Andaman Sea.