March 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.

Pasola Jousting Festivals (Throughout February and March, Indonesia) is a showcase for competitive games played by the Western Sumbanese to celebrate the rice planting season. It involves throwing wooden spears at the opponent while riding a horse with two groups of men from different clans or tribes competing against each other.

Jenang Festival (1 Mar, Malaysia) is an annual event held in the city of Solo in order to commemorate the anniversary of the city. Jenang Festival 15,000 pincuk (traditional porridge) shared with visitors free of charge.

Among the many different events held during Omizutori (1-14 Mar, Japan), Otaimatsu is the most famous and spectacular. Just after sunset each night, giant torches ranging in length from 6 to 8 meters are carried up to Nigatsudo's balcony and held over the crowd. The burning embers that shower down from the balcony are thought to bestow the onlookers with a safe year.

Locals traditionally wear white clothing for Melasti (8 Mar, Indonesia) that takes place 3 days before Nyepi. During the festival, Balinese Hindu people make offerings to the gods by placing items in water.

On the eve of Nyepi, Pengrupukan (10 Mar, Indonesia) sees a number of rituals performed in order to vanquish the negative elements and create a balance with God, Mankind, and Nature. It is a very different day from the day of silence which follows. Everyone takes to the streets, parading large puppets that have been meticulously made by hand before burning them to cleanse the spirits of evil.

Nyepi Day (11 Mar, Indonesia) in Bali is a festival for locals to celebrate the New Year. Nyepi Day is the quietest day on the island. From 6 o'clock in the morning, there is no activity or entertainment on the island. Not a single pedestrian is seen on the roads either. And even tourists must stay in hotels. Therefore, some people believe the festival is a time for complete relaxation and meditation.

International Events

Hong Kong’s flourishing arts scene comes to fruition each March with an inspirational spectrum of events. From opera to ballet, and art installations to seminars, there’s something to suit all tastes, whether you’re a connoisseur or simply a dabbler. (Throughout March, Hong Kong)

The Tokyo Marathon (3 Mar, Japan) is one of Asia's revered marathons taking place in this eclectic capital and passing a multitude of iconic images.

The IAA World Congress 2024 (6-8 Mar, Malaysia) will also shine a major spotlight on the necessity of women’s empowerment and gender equality in the pursuit to re-code and rebuild the future in line with International Women’s Day.

International icon and living legend Tom Jones has announced his Ages & Stages Tour in Asia in 2024 (10 Mar, Singapore). Each show promises unforgettable performances and timeless hits from Jones’ huge career.

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. This event takes place in Osaka at the Prefectural Gymnasium.

Guided by industry experts, the all-new IoT Asia+ (24-25 Mar, Singapore) offers a refreshed concept on integrating Blockchain, AI, AR, and other enabling technologies for widespread consumer and commercial applications.

The Phnom Penh International Film Festival (26-31 Mar, Cambodia) is an annual non-competitive festival held every year in Phnom Penh. The official main venue of the festival is the Legend Permium, Exchange Square in Phnom Penh.

Art Basel (28-30 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 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 challenging Formula E event in Tokyo (30 Mar, Japan), is an 18-turn, 2.582km street circuit surrounding the Tokyo International Exhibition Centre – the largest venue in Japan also known as Tokyo Big Sight.