November 2023

Traditional Celebrations

Deepvali (12 Nov, Singapore) is a Hindu celebration of the triumph of light over darkness. Bright colours, tantalising aromas, and the light of a thousand oil lamps fill the streets of Little India during Deepavali.

The Pattaya International Fireworks Festival (24-25 Nov, Thailand) brings together several national teams that offer a show in order to be named the best nation. Besides impressive shows of fireworks visitors can also enjoy parades, music, traditional dances, and many exhibitions during the festival.

Yi Peng Festival (27-28 Nov, Thailand) is a traditional Lanna-style event with a flying lantern contest creating a spectacular sight to behold. The festival of lights in Northern Thailand is similar to Loy Krathong, except lights are placed into sky lanterns which float up into the air rather than floating on water.

Loi Krathong (28 Nov, Thailand) is a traditional family festival with stunning lamp parades, firework displays, performances, and busy markets. Join in the tradition of making buoyant decorations which are then floated on a river or lake.

The Boat Race Festival (Date TBA, Cambodia), or Ooc-Om-Bok as it is known locally, is a traditional festival of the Khmer people living in the Mekong River Delta region. At Khmer pagodas around the country, people release paper lanterns into the sky or into the rivers as a way of letting go of bad luck or sadness.

During the Daimyo Procession (Date TBA, Japan) a crowd of up to 200 people dressed as samurai warriors and princesses parades over a distance of some 6 km through a spring town in historical Hakone.

International Events

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

Moto GP Sepang (10-12 Nov, Malaysia) takes place at Sepang International Circuit, a popular venue offering excellent spectator facilities and exciting racing.