FES­TI­VAL WATCH

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LOI KRATHONG FES­TI­VAL Novem­ber 2-4 Chi­ang Mai, Thai­land

Pay­ing tribute to the God­dess of Wa­ter, this three-day event is dubbed the Fes­ti­val of Lights. Thou­sands head to the river and other bod­ies of wa­ter to send off minia­ture boats car­ry­ing can­dles and flow­ers, sym­bol­is­ing the cast­ing away of mis­for­tune.

BON OM TOUK Novem­ber 3-4 Ph­nom Penh, Cam­bo­dia

Cel­e­brat­ing the end of rainy sea­son, this fes­ti­val fea­tures fire­work dis­plays and street par­ties. The cen­tre­piece is a long­boat race on the Mekong and the Tonle Sap Rivers, said to com­mem­o­rate an an­cient Cam­bo­dian king chas­ing away an en­emy fleet.

MUDTOPIA De­cem­ber 1-3 Ro­torua, New Zealand

The ul­ti­mate dirty week­end, this event mixes yoga and spa treat­ments, with a marathon and ob­sta­cle races: the com­mon thread be­ing a lib­eral help­ing of vol­canic mud. Fa­mous Kiwi DJS and mu­si­cians pro­vide the sound­track as you im­merse your­self.

OSHIROI MAT­SURI De­cem­ber 2 Fukuoka, Ja­pan

Also nick­named the ‘Face Paint Fes­ti­val’, this event sees freshly har­vested rice ground into pow­der and smeared onto the faces of wor­ship­pers. The idea is to en­cour­age a good har­vest so the white paste must stay on the face un­til you ar­rive home.

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