2019 Asian Festivals That Will Open Your Mind

Hey all you travel-junkies! We’re sure most of you are already planning your 2019 holidays. If you’re unsure where to go, don’t worry because we’ve got the low down of all the must visit places along with festivals happening next year in Asia.

YASSS, you may think “ugh Asia is so boringgg”, but you’ll probably change your mind after reading our five must visit places below:

We’ve done the homework and all you’ll need to do is choose.

1. Kanamara Festival, Japan 

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Also known as the Penis Festival, this is an annual event that takes place every April in Kawasaki, Japan. Myth has it that the festival is held at the Kanayama Shrine to pay tribute to the legend of the steel phallus. It tells of the tale of death and the supernatural in which a demon hid inside the vagina of a woman he loved but could never be with.

The creature then bit her first two husbands’ penises off, which made the woman enlist a blacksmith’s help to create a metal dildo. Once it was thrust inside of her, the demon bit, broke its own teeth and vanquished. Another myth says that the Kanayama Shrine was popular with sex workers from the local tea houses who prayed for protection from sexually transmitted diseases. Hence why people pray in regards of STDs and childbirth. These days, the festival is also used to raise money for HIV research.

When: April 7th, 2019 

2. Songkran “Water” Festival, Thailand 

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Famous throughout the world, Songkran is a festive water celebration that occurs every year during the Thai New Year. The Thai people believe that water is spiritually purifying and cleanses one of any bad luck or grievance from the past year while being blessed with fortune and happiness for the year ahead.

Back then, locals would collect water that had been poured over Buddha statues for cleansing but nowadays, Songkran has become a kingdom-wide water fight every year in April – which is great because it just so happens to be Thailand’s hottest month! Word of advice, you might want to bring your A game to these water fights because they really go all out and avoid wearing white – unless you’re all up for show.

When: April 13th – 15th, 2019

3. Holi Festival, India 

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Brace yourself for the most colourful and messiest festival in the world, the Holi Festival in India. The celebration of Holi is a spring festival which celebrates the triumph of good over evil. However it also coincides with the end of winter, signifying a beginning of a new season, hence treating it as time to give thanks for a good harvest.

Besides that, it is a time to come together and end any conflicts you might have in your relationships with other. So grab some coloured powder and be prepared to throw! FYI, just know that it’s going to be messy AF when water and coloured powder comes into the equation.

When: March 21st, 2019

4. Boryeong Mud Festival, South Korea 

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A beautiful scenery filled with mountains and beaches, Boryeong is also the place of the Mud Festival! Hosted on Daecheon beach annually, you’ll get to slap on mud packs made from Boryeong mud. It claims to improve your skin tone with its high level of minerals, germanium and bentonite.

If that’s not a good reason to visit, you’ll also get to mud wrestle, participate in the “mud king” contest and go slides greased with mud.  Remember, when your mom told you to not play in the mud, this is definitely an exception! What’s more, once the sun sets, you’ll get to party and dance along with the hottest K-Pop artists in a concert.

When: July 19th – 28th, 2019

5. Rainforest World Music Festival, Malaysia 

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Tropical paradise, awesome music and good companies? CHECKED. Every year in July, thousands head to the rainforest of Borneo to dance in the mud and tropical rain while immersing themselves with indigenous music by performers from all over the world.

The Rainforest Music Festival, which is one of the largest music festivals in Southeast Asia is held annually at the Sarawak Cultural Village. Other than immersing yourself to the traditional music vibes, you’ll also get participate in wellness workshops, learn to play indigenous instruments and fill your tummy with delicious Sarawakian delicacies!

When: July 12th -14th, 2019

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