South Asia & Southeast Asia Festivals Tour with list for 2023

14 Dec 2022 Asia Experiences


Festivals are the cultural identity of the nation in the world. The festivals in Asia are attractive due to their uniqueness, and combination of local cultures, traditions, religions, and lifestyles. Similarly, South Asia and Southeast Asia are home to diverse cultures, religions, traditions, and thousands of ethnic groups. In fact, the festivals are the major attractions that highlight the lifestyle of the local natives and their value and respect towards their culture. Likewise, South Asia and Southeast Asia festivals provides you with deep cultural understanding, rooted values, ancient history, myth, and most importantly memorable moments with the locals to celebrate it.

South Asia and Southeast Asia festivals are unique and grand. Annually, people celebrate Thousands of festivals. People can expect the unexpected when it comes to celebrating festivals here. Actually, only imagination is not enough to experience the festivals. The reality of celebrating festivals with the local natives following their cultural aspects is a surreal experience. Attending the local festivals and getting deep insights is magical.

The festivals are not only limited to historical, cultural, and religious but include folklore, music, food, nature, and many more. And the best part of the festivals is that people of different ethnicities following different religions, cultures, & traditions respect each other’s festivals deeply. They even participate in these festivals and celebrate them with great delight and wholeheartedly. Festivals have always been a connecting factor and creating unity among the people as well as preserving the history of century-old cultures, and traditions. Some of the major festivals of South Asia and Southeast Asian nations with list 2023 are briefed below:


Traditional festivals, religious festivals, and non-religious festivals of Bhutan are the main attractions. Most of the festivals are celebrated as per the Bhutanese calendar dates. The festivals are lively and colorful. The cultural dress, and cultural masks, are other attractions. In the main cities of Bhutan, the Tsechu festival is celebrated in honor of Guru Padmasambhava. Not only the culture, and tradition, the festivals celebrated in Bhutan have deep spiritual connections.

Bhutan Major Festivals List, (Tentative date of 2023)

1 Takin Festival Damji, GASA
2 Merak Tsechu / Semi Nomad Festival Gengo, Merak 7th-8th July
3 Bhutan International Marathon (Annual Event organized by BOC)
4 Punakha Drubchen Punakha Dzong, Punakha 26-28 February 9th -11th March
5 Punakha Tshechu Punakha Dzong, Punakha 01-03 March 12th -14th March
6 Tharpaling Thongdrol Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chumi, Bumthang 07 March 18th March
7 Chhorten Kora Chorten Kora, Trashiyangtshe 05-20 April 30th April
8 Gomphukora Gom Kora Lhakhang,Trashigang 29-31 March 9th -11th April
9 Talo Tshechu Talo Gonpa,Punakha 29-31 March 9th -11th April
10 Gasa Tshechu Gasa Dzong, Gasa 29-31 March 9th -11th April
11 Zhemgang Tshechu Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang 29-31 March 9th -11th April
12 Paro Tshechu Rinpung Dzong, Paro 01-05 April 12th -16th April
12 Chhukha Tshechu Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha 13-15th Oct 1st -3rd Nov
13 Rhododendron Festival Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, Thimphu 14-16 April 15th – 17st April
14 Domkhar Tshechu Domkhar, Chummi, Bumthang 30 April-02 May 11th -13th May
15 Ura Yakchoe Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang 02-06 May 13th – 17th May
16 Nimalung Tshechu Nimalung Dratshang, Chummi, Bumthang 26-28 June 7th -9th July
17 Kurjey Tshechu Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 28 June 9th July
18 Haa Summer Festival Town Festival Ground, Haa 08-09 July 9th -10th July
18 Matsutake Mushroom Festival Genekha, Thimphu Aug 12-13 15th & 16th Aug
19 Matsutake Festival Ura, Bumthang 15-16 August
20 Tour Of The Dragon (Bicycle Race) Bumthang to Thimphu 02 September 3rd Sep
21 Thimphu Drubchen Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 21 September 1st Oct
22 Wangdue Tshechu Tencholing Army Ground, Wangduephodrang 22-24 September 3rd – 5th Oct
23 Gangtey Tshechu Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang 27-29 September 7th -9th Oct
24 Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Tamshing Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 24-26 September 5th -7th Oct
25 Thimphu Tshechu Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 24-26 September 5th -7th Oct
26 Jambay Lhakhang Drup Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang Oct 20-23 8th -12th Nov
27 Jakar Tshechu Bumthang 22-24 October 1st -3rd Nov
28 Thangbi Mewang ThangbiLhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang Sep 18-21 8th -10th Oct
29 Jhomolhari Mountain Festival Dangochong, Thimphu 14-15 October 14th & 15th Oct
30 Chhukha Tshechu Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha 22-24 October 1st -3rd Nov
31 Prakhar Duchhoed Prakar Khakhang, Chumni, Bumthang 29-31 October 9th -11th Nov
32 Dechenphu Tshechu Dechenphu Lhakhang, Thimphu 24 October 3rd Nov
33 Black Necked Crane Festival Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang 11 November 11th Nov
34 Mongar Tshechu Mongar Dzong, Mongar 19-22 November 1st -3rd Dec
35 Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Dzong, Trashigang 20-23 November 1st -3rd Dec
36 Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 27 November 7th Dec
37 Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel 20-23 November 1st -3rd Dec
38 Nalakhar Tshechu Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 27-29 November 8th -10th Dec
39 Druk Wangyel Tshechu Douchula , Thimphu 13 December 13th Dec
40 Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa 20-22 December 30th Dec – 1st Jan 2023
41 Lhuentse Tshechu Lhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse 20-22 December 30th Dec – 1st Jan 2023
42 Nabji Lhakhang Drup Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji, Trongsa 26-27 December 6th-7th Jan 2023


Traditional festivals are very much assimilated with the religion in Tibet. Annually, 20+ festivals are celebrated. Tibetans relish these festival moments by gathering together, dancing, singing, and cooking delicious meals. Most of the festivals are related to Buddhism and with great devotion, grand festivals are organized & celebrated.

Tibet Major Festivals List, (Tentative date of 2023)

S.N Name Date
1. Tibetan New year Losar February 21
2. Shoton Festival August 16
3. Palden Lhamo Festival November 27
4. Buddha’s Descent Day November 4
5. Tibetan Bathing Festival August 22-28
6. Nagqu Horse Racing Festival July 30
7. The Ganden Thangka Showing August 1
8. Gyantse Horse Race Festival July 17-19
9. Zamling Chisang Jun 23
10. The Thangka Unveiling at Tashilunpo July 2-4
11. Saga Dawa June 4
12. The Butter Lamp Festival March 7
13. The Monlam Prayer Festival February 24 March 7


Nepalese follow more than 10 religions. There are 126 ethnic groups whose cultures and traditions are very diverse. Festivals have great significance for Nepalese. The festivals celebrated in Nepal are connected with religions, ancient history, ethnic groups’ cultures & traditions. All people equally respect each other’s culture & festivals and happily participated in the festival celebration as well.

Nepal Major Festivals List, (Tentative date of 2023)

S.N Name Date
1. Dashain October 15 -26
2. Tihar November 10 – 14
3. Gaijatra September 1
4. Janai Purnima and Raksha Bandhan August 30
5. Teej August 19
6. Krishna Janmashtami September 7
8. Phalguna Purnima March 7
10. Indra Jatra September 28
11. Maha Shivaratri February 18
12. Holi March 8


Myanmar (Burma) is a Buddhist nation. Many festivals are celebrated annually. Most of the festivals celebrated in Myanmar are traditional festivals that are directly related to Buddhism. Another such festival is the Pagoda Festival which is a religious festival. Most of the festivals in Myanmar are celebrated according to the Burmese Lunar Calendar dates.

Myanmar Major Festivals List, (Tentative date of 2023)

S.N Name Date
1. Thingyan April 14-16
2. Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival. . November 26-27
3. Dancing Elephant Festival October 29
4. Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival takes January 1–5
5. Phaung Daw Oo Lwin Ballon festival. October 10 – 27
6. Kachin Manaw Festiva early January
7. Ananda Pagoda Festival January 1–5
8. Naga New Year Festival February 15
9. Golden Hilltop festival 10th – 113th Feb
10. Thingyan Water Festival Apr 14
11. Kason Festival Wednesday, 3rd of May
12. Fowey Regatta 13- 19 August
13. Pouring water on the Bodhi Tree Day May 3
14. Balloon Festival in Taunggy 26-27 November
15. Thadingyut Festival Of Light October 28
16. Tipitaka Festival May 16 to 18


Bangladeshis value their culture and tradition very deeply. They integrate their tradition very well into their daily lives. The unique customs, well-blended culture, and well-preserved ethnic traditions for years are the best parts that reflect in their festivals. Bangladesh celebrates Muslim festivals along with Hindu, Buddhist, and Christian festivals with great joy.

Bangladesh Major Festivals List, (Tentative date of 2023)

S.N Name Date
1. Eid ul-Fitr April 2
2. Chaand Raat April 21
3. Ashura July 27-28
4. Shab-e-Qadr April 18
5. Nouka Baich October
4. Eid Ul Adha June 28-29
5. Durga Puja October 20-24
6. Buddha Purnima May 26
7. Christmas December 25
8. Pohela Baishakh April 14
9. Shakrain January 14- 15
10. National Tree Fair November 27
11. Dhaka International Trade Fair February 15

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a nation with 4 prime religions and diverse cultures. The culture, tradition, and religion are very fascinating. The cultural and traditional history is well-preserved and integrated. All festivals and celebrations are vivacious.

Sri Lanka Major Festivals List, (Tentative date of 2023)

S.N Name Date
1. Sinhalese and Tamil New Year April 14
2. Poson Festival June 3
3. Vesak Poya Festival May 5
4. Kandy Perahera August 13-23
6. Kataragama Festival July 23-31
7. Poson Poya June 3
8. Deepavali November 12
9. Thai Pongal January 13 -16
10. Maha Shivarathri February 18


India is a nation with 28 states and 8 Union Territories which are ruled by several ethnic groups. Each state has its history, culture, religion, tradition, customs, and festivals. It makes India one of the very diverse nations. It is also believed that more than 1000 festivals are celebrated annually. All ethnicities respect all festivals. The festivals are organized and celebrated on a grand scale.

India Major Festivals List, (Tentative date of 2023)

S.N Name Date
1. Diwali November 10-14
2. Durga Puja. October 15-24
3 Dusshera October 23
4. Holi March 8
5. Krishna Janmashtami September 7
6. Onam August 20-31
7. Ganesh Chaturthi September 19
8. Eid al-Fitr April 21-22
9. Maha Shivaratri February 18
10. Guru Nanak Gurpurab November 27


Traditional festivals are an important part of Vietnam. It displays their culture, tradition, customs, and related myths in their original form. Vietnamese celebrate their festivals wholeheartedly and with lots of joy. Despite modernization, their culture and traditions are well-preserved and practiced.

Vietnam Major Festivals List, (Tentative date of 2023)

S. N. Name Date
1. Tết Nguyên đán January 22
2 Tết Hàn thực April 22
3. Hùng Kings’Temple Festival April 28
4. Buddha Jayanti May 26
5. Reunification Day April 30 May 1
6. Vietnam Independence Day September 2-4
7. Mid-Autumn Festival September 29
8. Halloween October 31
9. Wandering Souls Day August 30
10. Hoi An Lantern Festival 14th of every Lunar month


Laotians are great when it comes to festival celebrations. They take part in celebrations with great happiness. They gather and enjoy themselves a lot. Most of the festivals are celebrated in the honor of Buddhism. Most of the temples are decorated. People chant, pray and held holy ceremonies. Besides this, local cultural festivals, food festivals, film festivals, and other unique festivals are organized and celebrated.

Laos Major Festivals List, (Tentative date of 2023)

S.N Name Date
1. Lao New Year April 14-16
2. Handicraft Festival November 27
3. Lai Heua Fai (Fire Boat Festival) October 29
4. Lao Food Festival October 9
5. Luang Prabang Film Festival April 13
6. Half marathon March 5


The main attraction of Cambodia’s festivals is a huge display of lights and fireworks. Throughout the year several festivals are celebrated. The Khmer Empire’s greatness as well as Buddhist culture are respectfully celebrated. All pagodas and shrines are decorated. Then, religious ceremonies are performed. As can be seen, Buddhism is heavily influenced here. In the festivals, its rich traditions and cultures are reflected. Not only this, they also give great importance to ancestral values. That’s why they celebrate festivals with family members.

Cambodia Major Festivals List, (Tentative date of 2023)

S.N. Name Date
1. Independence Day November 9
2. Khmer New Year April 14-16
3. King Norodom Sihamoni’s Birthday May 14
4. Pchum Ben Or Ancestor’s October 13
5. Meak Bochea – Festival Of The Monks March 6
7. Water festival Cambodia April 13-17
8. Vesak Bochea May 5
9. Angkor Festival January 6-15
10. Sea Festival June 16-18

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