March 2023

Traditional Celebrations

Jenang Festival (1 Mar, Malaysia) is an annual event held in the city of Solo commemorating the anniversary of the city of Solo. The festival sees 15 thousand pincuk (traditional porridge) shared with visitors free of charge.

Omizutori (1-14 Mar, Japan) is performed at Nigatsudo Hall, a sub-complex of Todaiji, which stands close to the temple's main hall. Among the many different events held during Omizutori, Otaimatsu is the most famous and spectacular when giant torches are carried up to Nigatsudo's balcony and held over the crowd.

Locals traditionally wear white clothing for Melasti (18 Mar, Indonesia) which takes place 3 days before Nyepi. At the festival, Balinese Hindu people make offering to the gods by placing them in a source of water.

On the eve of Nyepi, Pengrupukan (21 Mar, Indonesia) sees a number of rituals performed in order to vanquish the negative elements and create a balance with God, Mankind, and Nature. The ritual is also meant to appease Batara Kala by Pecaruan offering. A very different day from the day of silence which follows Pengrupukan. Everyone takes to the streets, parading large puppets that have been meticulously made by hand before burning them to cleanse the spirits of evil.

The Cambodia International Film Festival (21-26 Mar, Cambodia) is an annual non-competitive festival held every year in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The main venue of the festival is The Flicks Community Movie Theater in Phnom Penh.

The Pattaya International Music Festival (Date TBA, Thailand) is Thailand's biggest Rock ‘n’ Roll event and arguably the biggest Rock ‘n’ Roll event in all of Southeast Asia.

International Events

The Tokyo Marathon (5 Mar, Japan) is one of Asia's revered marathons taking place in this eclectic capital and passing a multitude of iconic images.

The Grand Sumo Tournament (12-26 Mar, Japan) provides the chance to catch the heavyweights in action at one of Japan's most prestigious sumo events.

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

Art Basel (23-25 Mar, Hong Kong) has placed Hong Kong squarely in the center of Asia’s international art scene. The show provides an in-depth overview of the region’s diversity through both historical material and cutting-edge works by leading and emerging artists.

The Hong Kong Sevens (31 Mar-02 Apr, Hong Kong) sees teams from the world’s top rugby nations compete in lightning-fast 15-minute matches in front of 40,000 spectators. And the action at Hong Kong Stadium is merely the epicenter of what morphs into a three-day carnival infecting the whole city.