FES­TI­VAL WATCH

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ONAM Septem­ber 4 - 13 Ker­ala, In­dia

The 10-day Onam fes­ti­val cel­e­brates the re­turn of King Maveli, who be­stows bless­ings upon the com­mu­nity; and the har­vest fes­ti­val, which marks the New Year based on the Malay­alam cal­en­dar. Aside from a dis­play of folk art, gifts, sport­ing events, and food, fam­i­lies re­unite and dec­o­rate their houses and pub­lic spa­ces with flower mats to wel­come the an­cient king.

DO SON BUFFALO FIGHTING FES­TI­VAL Septem­ber 28 Haiphong, Viet­nam

The fa­mous buffalo fighting fes­ti­val is in­dica­tive of the lo­cals’ pas­sion for mar­tial arts and un­wa­ver­ing courage. Par­tic­i­pants start train­ing a year be­fore, and buf­faloes are care­fully se­lected and trained. Highlights of the fes­ti­val also in­clude a cer­e­mo­nial wor­ship­ping of the Wa­ter God­dess and flag dances at the large pa­rade.

MASSKARA FES­TI­VAL Oc­to­ber 1-23 Ba­colod, Philippines

A port­man­teau of mass and kara (mean­ing many faces), lo­cals pa­rade the streets in colour­ful cos­tumes and masks, all of which have smil­ing faces. The highly an­tic­i­pated fes­ti­val lasts for a month and in­cludes street dance con­tests, a beauty pageant, food fairs and mu­si­cal events.

PERANG TIPAT BANTAL Oc­to­ber 5 Bali, Indonesia

Also known as Rice Cake War, the an­nual tra­di­tion cel­e­brates the bless­ings and pros­per­ity of the agrar­ian vil­lage. Vil­lagers gather in front of the lo­cal temple be­fore pro­ceed­ing to foy­ers and streets throw­ing at each other rice cakes wrapped in young co­conut leaves.

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