Category Archives : Cultural Festivals
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Cambodia’s vibrant culture comes alive throughout the year with a dazzling array of festivals. From joyous celebrations to solemn observances, each event offers a unique window into the heart and soul of this captivating country. Choul Chnam Thmey Welcome the traditional Cambodian New Year, Choul Chnam Thmey, and experience a joyful nationwide celebration. This three-day extravaganza in mid-April coincides with the Angkor Sankranta Festival in Siem Reap, making it the perfect time to visit Angkor Wat within easy reach of properties like Anantara Angkor Resort. Experience the local New Year and witness traditional ceremonies, water blessings, and colourful parades bursting with colour and music. Bon Om Touk Experience the dynamic energy of the Cambodian Water Festival or Bon Om Touk in October or early November. …

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The Maldives offers much more than sublime island getaways and its rich heritage is intertwined with festivals and events held throughout the year. If you are planning a trip here, consider aligning your visit with one of these festivals to experience the true essence of Maldivian life. Ramadan Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a holy month observed by Maldivians (and Muslims across the world) with reverence. During this time, Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to dusk. However, the spirit of Ramadan transcends fasting. It’s a period of spiritual reflection, prayer, charity, and community. As dusk approaches, the day culminates in Iftar, a joyous feast shared with family and friends. Eid al-Fitr (Kuda Eid) Marking the end of Ramadan, …

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  Sri Lanka, with its rich tapestry of culture and tradition, is home to a vibrant array of festivals that celebrate the island’s diverse religious and cultural heritage. From colourful processions and elaborate rituals to spirited dances and traditional music, these festivals offer a unique glimpse into the heart and soul of Sri Lankan society. Explore some of the most significant festivals in Sri Lanka, where the spirit of celebration and community comes alive in a dazzling display of colour and spectacle. Vesak | img via flickr Sinhala and Tamil New Year (Avurudu): Sinhala and Tamil New Year, known locally as Avurudu, is one of the most eagerly anticipated festivals in Sri Lanka, celebrated by both Sinhalese and Tamil communities with great enthusiasm. Taking place …

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Craving an authentic taste of Koh Samui? Dive into the island’s vibrant festivals! These celebrations are a chance to connect with the local culture, witness age-old traditions, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Songkran Festival (Thai New Year) In April, Koh Samui transforms into a giant waterpark! Celebrate Songkran by throwing water on friends and family – it’s a symbol of washing away bad luck. Expect vibrant parades, delicious street food, and a joyful atmosphere. Planning your Songkran escape? Consider booking your stay at one of the top hotels in Koh Samui the likes of Avani Chaweng Samui to ensure you have a comfortable home base for all the festivities. Loy Krathong Festival As the full moon bathes Koh Samui in a silvery glow, the Loy …

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Home to a remarkable diversity of ethnic groups, Vietnam celebrates a range of traditional and culture-based festivals annually. Influenced by the Chinese Lunar calendar, most of these events are held during a certain time of the year. Tet Nguyen Dan Internationally acclaimed as the Vietnam Lunar New Year, Tet Nguyen Dan is a must for those who are on the lookout for things to do in Mui Ne, a beach resort settlement nestling along the sea in Southeastern Vietnam. Held to honour the gods for bringing spring and in appreciation of one’s forefathers, the Tet Nguyen Dan festival is held between late January and mid-February every year. Tet Trung Thu  Vietnam’s colourful mid-autumn festival, nicknamed the “Moon Festival”, falls on a day within a month …

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Samui, an island paradise in Thailand, offers more than just stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Samui by experiencing its traditional festivals and events, each a vibrant celebration of local customs and heritage. Songkran Festival Celebrated in April, Songkran marks the Thai New Year with water fights and religious ceremonies. Experience the joyous atmosphere as locals and tourists come together to splash water and pay respects to elders. If you’re looking for things to do in Chaweng during Songkran, this is the ultimate event! Be prepared to get soaked! Water guns and buckets are everywhere, and the streets transform into a giant, playful water battleground. It’s a fantastic time to embrace the local tradition and cool off in …

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The Songkran Festival, also known as the Thai New Year, is a vibrant and joyous celebration deeply rooted in Thai culture and tradition. Held annually from April 13th to 15th, this auspicious occasion marks the beginning of the traditional Thai solar calendar. It is a time of renewal, purification, and the welcoming of fresh beginnings. Throughout Thailand, streets come alive with spirited water fights, elaborate parades, and colourful ceremonies that pay homage to Buddhism and Thai customs. The Festival and Symbolism The term “Songkran” in Thai signifies ‘to move’ or ‘movement’ and the Songkran Festival is determined by the transition of the sun from one zodiac position, Pisces, to another position, Aries. Also referred to as the Water Splashing Festival, it holds significance as the …

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Over the years, as the Sultans of Oman have had a passion for music, it has been carefully preserved. It is also an essential aspect of Omani culture. History of Omani Music If staying at a property such as the Oman Hotels take the time to visit the Oman Centre for Traditional Music. This is a great place to learn the history of Omani music. Furthermore, as Oman’s ancient melodies were composed anonymously their intellectual property rights are open to the public. Thus, it is easy to listen to these songs and also easy for anyone to perform them. Culture of Omani Music If staying at one of the Oman Hotels you would have had a chance to listen to Omani music. It would have …

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Step into the enchanting realm of Hua Hin, where the spirit of celebration fills the air year-round. From tantalising food festivals to soul-stirring jazz performances, Hua Hin offers a delightful array of cultural experiences that promise to captivate and delight. Hua Hin Food Festival Indulge your taste buds in a culinary extravaganza at the Hua Hin Food Festival, a gastronomic delight held every November. From delectable dishes served by renowned restaurants to lively night bazaars brimming with fresh seafood stalls, this festival is a feast for the senses. Hua Hin Jazz Festival Groove to the smooth sounds of jazz against the backdrop of sandy shores at the Hua Hin Jazz Festival. Taking place in June, this musical extravaganza features acclaimed jazz musicians from around the …

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When planning a visit to Oman, make sure to plan your trip around the festivals of Oman. These are not to be missed and are a true reflection of Omani culture. Sultan Camel Race Cup If you are staying at a property such as the Al Falaj Hotel in the summer, then make sure to witness one of the oldest Arab sports – Camel Racing. Taking place at the Royal Cavalry track at Al Felaij, camels especially trained for racing compete during this festival. Salalah Festival Beginning in mid-July, this festival goes on until late August. As this festival occurs during the monsoon season, the city of Salalah is cool and full of greenery. In addition to hosting cultural shows, games and circuses, one would also …

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