FES­TI­VAL WATCH

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MID-AU­TUMN FES­TI­VAL Septem­ber 24 Across Asia

The cel­e­bra­tion of har­vest time brings to­gether fam­i­lies, and cities light up with lanterns and flow­ers. The moon can ap­pear at its big­gest at this time, in­spir­ing the gift­ing of moon­cakes of vary­ing flavours.

THIM­PHU TSHECHU Sept 19-21 Bhutan

Trans­lated as ‘Day 10’, Tsechu is a re­li­gious event held in ev­ery dis­trict and con­sid­ered the coun­try’s big­gest so­cial gath­er­ing. Set to com­mem­o­rate the birth of Bhutan’s pa­tron saint who brought Bud­dhism to the coun­try, the event brings Cham dances in na­tional cos­tume and many other fes­tiv­i­ties.

PHUKET VEG­E­TAR­IAN FES­TI­VAL Oc­to­ber 8 Phuket, Thai­land

This an­nual fes­ti­val was born from be­lief that ab­sti­nence from meat dur­ing this month will help bring health and peace of mind. To­day, it’s noth­ing like as tame as it sounds and has be­come known for more ex­treme ac­tiv­i­ties such as in­cred­i­ble feats of body pierc­ing, fire-walk­ing and climb­ing lad­ders made of blades.

THE GREAT IN­DIAN OC­TO­BER FEST Oc­to­ber 18-20 Maratha­halli, In­dia

Lo­cated an hour east of Ben­galuru by car, this town lays on 72 hours of re­lent­less mu­sic and fun. A line-up of Bol­ly­wood sen­sa­tions and in­ter­na­tional DJS draw in crowds of more than 65,000, mak­ing it one of the coun­try’s big­gest an­nual cel­e­bra­tions.

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