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.