10 Best Southeast Asia Festivals

10 Best Southeast Asia Festivals

Southeast Asia Festivals reflects beautifully the local culture. From water splashing celebration to the lantern flying party, from famous Chinese new year to the unique balloon festivals, it seems every month you can encounter some great events in this area. To choose the most remarkable festivals, these are our ideas :
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Taunggyi Fire Balloon Festival, Myanmar

Held in Taunggy, the capital of Shan State, this Balloon festival has both influence from Buddhism and Hindu traditions. Known as Tazaungmon festival, it marks the ends of rainy season.
When it comes to the celebration time, visitors have chances to photograph giant balloons in different animal shapes filling up the sparkling sky. There are different competition that attracts up to 20,000 spectators each year. 
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thingyan festival                                                                                                                          Photo: Ye Tun

Water Festival

Many countries in Southeast Asia appreciate this festival including Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. While Song Kran ( Thailand ) is very  exhilarating, the Thingyan festival ( Myanmar) is also full of fun. 
Depending on each country, the date varies slightly in early summer to signify the beginning of rainy season. 
Apart from the rites, Buddhist praying, local people creates a really exciting atmosphere during these days. There are water flashing almost everywhere in the country. If you travel during this time, prepare to be wet at water fighting and also to be treated with good meals. 

yee peng festival
                                                                                                                              Photo: Daniel Nahabedian

Yee Peng Festival, Thailand

Every November when the full moon arrives, Thailand people in Chiang Mai prepare their lanterns to light up the sky. Hundreds, not to say thousands of lantern will be released to " make remit" to make a wish, the act also means to throw away the bad luck. 
The whole celebration comes with Thai dance shows, live music and handicraft sections. 
The best place to admire the festival is near Mae Jo university. If you think about a photography trip, go early at least from 18.00pm

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ati atihan festival
                                                                                                                     Photo : Chenderbong

Ati-Atihan Festival

If we to pick a festival that calls much the crowd's attention in the Philippines then Ati Atihan is such an event. It kicks off every year in the city of Kalibo in the Aklan province, known as the mother of all Philipines's festivals. With some 800 years old history, it is to honor Santo Nino ( A statue of The Child Jesus).
What you should expect during this festive time are impressive customes with blackened faces, amazing street canavans, great musics and evening feast. 

rocket festival
                                                                                                                      Photo: Arnaud Rousselin

Boun Bang Fai Rocket Festival, Laos

It sounds weird for many people to hear about Rocket festival but it is one of the long tradition from Laos to call for the rain. It was made for delicacy of Rain`s God. 
What you can capture here are the self-made rocket inside the bamboo pipes, not real rockets ! 
Many teams from different villages gather with their own rocket and starts competing in the outskirt of Viantiane. 


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