VIVA VIGAN May 1 Vigan, Philippines
The colonial city hosts a festival of the arts that has become the key cultural event in the North with scene-stealers like the kalesa parade, Inabel Fashion show, Ramadan contest, games, street dancing and concerts showcasing the heritage of the local Bigueños.
GANGA DUSSEHRA FESTIVAL May 24 India
Celebrated in a number of cities along the length of the Ganges – including Varanasi, Haridwar and Rishikesh – this festival commemorates the time the holy braid of water descended to Earth. Pilgrims believe bathing in the river will wash away their sins. Other devotees send leaf boats with lit candles, sweets and flowers down the river.
VIVID SYDNEY May 25-June 16 Sydney
Dubbed a festival for “lights, music and ideas”, the 10th annual celebration turns Sydney’s Harbour City into a canvas for large-scale light and art installations, music performances, food tours, workshops and talks. Apps, maps and guides are available at vividsydney.com
DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL June 18 Asia
In commemoration of the death of a loyal commissioner in ancient China, dragon-boat races are contested furiously across the continent, with seasonal dumplings and other savoury treats enjoyed on shore.