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3 of the Must-See Festivals in Asia

Chinese New Year (China)
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is celebrated in many countries in Asia showcasing glorious spectacles of traditional dragon and lion dances, lanterns, and other festivities. Some of the best celebrations can be seen in cities like George Town in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore. But nothing beats the experience of welcoming the Lunar New Year in Beijing or Shanghai surrounded by festive scenes and merry-making. From the streets to ancient temples, you can immerse into the traditional practices and activities surrounding the event.

Cherry Blossom (Japan)
Hanami
Hanami, which means flower viewing, is one of the most popular annual events in Japan. People from around the world join locals as they celebrate cherry blossom season. This stunning festival is a celebration of the fleetingness of beauty. Sakura (cherry) blossoms typically last for only a week or two at most so people make the most of the time to enjoy their beauty. Parks and other famous viewing spots are teeming with people out for a hanami party or picnic with family and friends.

Diwali (India)
Diwali
Diwali or Festival of Lights is a celebration of the triumph of good over evil. It is one of the most important holidays in India celebrated in October or November. Bonfires, clay lamps, fireworks, and more light up towns and cities that make for some truly breathtaking and spectacular scenes.