April 2024

Traditional Celebrations

Yen Tu Festival (19 Feb - 7 May, Vietnam) is held at Yen Tu Mountain in Quang Ninh Province. The festival is from the 10th day of the first lunar month to the end of the third lunar month. Every year, thousands of visitors visit Yen Tu after the Lunar New Year Festival to pray for good luck and health for their families.

Hue International Festival (1-7 Apr, Vietnam) introduces people to Hue's traditional craft villages, helping preserve the strong tradition within the city. Visitors can explore many handicrafts, photography exhibitions, while enjoying some great cuisine.

Ching Ming (5 Apr, Hong Kong) is a day when Chinese people sweep the graves of their ancestors. But the tidy-up doesn’t end there: the festival is an important ancestor worship ritual that also requires families to weed graves, touch up headstone inscriptions, and make offerings of food and light incense.

At the Phu Giay Festival (9-18 Apr, Vietnam) in Nam Dinh province, tribute is paid to Lieu Hanh, one of the Vietnamese "four immortal gods" and the only one based on a real person (a princess from the 16th century). Many devotees from all over make a pilgrimage to Phu Giay Temple, located about 55 miles east from Hanoi.

Located approximately 20 kilometers from Hanoi, Tay Phuong Pagoda is famous for its 18 wooden statues of Buddha. Each year, The Tay Phuong Pagoda Festival (9-18 Apr, Vietnam) is held at the pagoda where villagers offer food and burn incense to pray to the Buddha. There are also traditional games such as tug-of-war, human chess, wrestling and puppet performances.

As in other countries in the region, Cambodia has its own New Year festival called Chhnam Thmey Khmer (13-16 Apr, Cambodia). This is a time when many Khmers will travel back to their villages and visit the pagoda. Traditional games are commonly played at the pagoda as well as dancing. Water is a major factor in this festival and often water fights are common in the streets of the larger cities.

Spring Festival (14-15 Apr, Japan) is the annual festival of the Hie Shrine in the southern half of Takayama's old town. Since the shrine is also known as Sanno-sama, the spring festival is also called Sanno Festival. The Takayama Festival is ranked as one of Japan's three most beautiful festivals, held twice a year in spring and autumn in the old town of Takayama and attracts large numbers of spectators.

Chol Chnam Thmay (14-16 Apr, Vietnam) is the Khmer New Year celebrated with great enthusiasm in the Mekong Delta. This vibrant festival includes ancestral worship, temple visits, and lively street processions with traditional music and dance. Water plays a symbolic role in cleansing and bestowing good luck.

The Hung King Temple Festival (16-19 Apr, Vietnam) celebrates the lives of the ancient Vietnamese rulers during the Hong Bang period. Every year, the Hung Kings’ Temple Festival is a display of Vietnamese culture and national pride. A huge crowd of several million people make the pilgrimage to the temple during the festival, with offerings of prayers and incense for their ancestors.

International Events

The Hong Kong International Film Festival (28 Mar - 8 Apr, Hong Kong) is one of Asia's most reputable platforms for filmmakers, film professionals and filmgoers to launch new works and view fresh features. On average, the festival screens over 250 titles from more than 50 countries in major cultural venues across town.

The Hong Kong Sevens (5-7 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. Join 40,000 spectators for one of the world's most electrifying rugby events.

Attend the Japanese Grand Prix (5-7 Apr, Japan) at Suzuka. Book grandstand seats or go all out with VIP hospitality and additional benefits such as an Exclusive Pit Lane Walk to see the action up close.

Meet at The Food & Hotel Asia Expo (23-26 Apr, Singapore) in Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre where the largest gathering of leading F&B manufacturers and emerging brands gather at to exchange thoughts and ideas.

IBTM Asia Pacific (Date TBA, Singapore) takes place in Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre and is the leading event for the meetings and events industry in the region bringing together a high calibre group of international, APAC regional and local meeting planners and exhibitors for two days of pre-scheduled one-to-one business meetings, education and networking.

Halong Tourism Week (Date TBA, Vietnam) is the most spectacular celebration in Halong, captivating a large number of local and international tourists. This yearly event creates a dazzling and colorful atmosphere, with traditional cultural events, fireworks and wonderful costumes on parade.