Asia is the biggest continent in the world and is famous for its diversity of cultures and traditions. Cultural holidays or vacations have become a popular option for tourists to get a taste of its cultural diversity. Asia is known across the world for its art forms, architecture, folklore and mythology, literature, languages, philosophy, food and beverage, ethnicity, festivals and celebrations.
When you are going on an Asian cultural holiday and China is a part of your itinerary, the festivals you should look for are Dragon Boat Festival, Chinese New Year, and Moon Festival that takes place in the middle of autumn. These festivals mark conventional holidays. However, at the same time, National Day is a public holiday in the People’s Republic of China.
In Japan, important festivals include National Foundation Day, Japanese New Year, O-bon, The Emperor’s Birthday, Children’s Day as well as Christmas. If your destination is India, you can enjoy various national and religious festivals here. Independence Day and Republic Day are national festivals. On the other hand, there are religious events observed by people belonging to various faiths.
Holi, Diwali, Dussehra, Pongal, Makar Sankranti, Mahashivaratri, Navratri, Ugadi, Baisakhi, Ramanavami, Rathayatra, Onam, Krishna Janmastami, and Ganesh Chaturthi are Hindu festivals. Islamic festivals including Eid-ul-Adha and Eid-ul-Fitr are also observed fervently. Christmas and Vaisakhi (the beginning of the harvest season in Punjab) are also celebrated with enthusiasm. In Asian countries like Philippines, festivities take place round the year. This is the reason why Philippines is dubbed as the ‘Fiesta Country’. Dinagyang and Sinulog are two important festivals in Philippines.
Dining options across Asia are varied, similar to its culture. In most regions, rice is consumed as a staple food. Raw fish cuisines are served in countries like Japan and they are available in different forms like shasimi and sushi. If you go for Filipino banquet, you will find an exclusive set of dishes that are quite different from dishes served in other parts of the continent.
Asia is also famous for its discrete pattern of architecture. The architectural wonders of the continent have found their places in the global list of heritage sites, the most notable among them being Taj Mahal of India and Angkor Wat of Cambodia. The fortresses in Japan and the Islamic mosques are also noteworthy.
Asia cultural holidays also give you the opportunity to experience the visual and performing arts (dance and music) of this huge continent. China, Korea, and Japan are mostly famous for the martial arts.
Cultural holidays in Asia can be best enjoyed with various tailor-made packages to Japan, India, China, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Middle East, and Hong Kong. Indonesia tour packages are perfectly designed for tourists who want to see the diversity of ethnicity, sports and cuisines of that country.
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