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.