Best Exotic Festivals & Exotic  Places May

Temple dance, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Temple dance, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

May weather should be good in these exotic  places

For good weather and festivals, early May

Hong Kong (Cheung Chau Island) Bun Festival (spirit-placing ritual), 4 days

Indonesia, Borobudur, Java. Waisak (celebrating the Buddha’s life), full moon day, 1 day.

Israel (Meiron, Galilee), Lag B’Omer, Spring feast, Apr/May, 1 day.

For good weather and festivals, late May

Tibet (Gyangzê) Tamang (Horse Racing Festival), May/June, 4 days.

Japan (Nikko) Tosho-gu Festival (mask parade) 17-18 May.

Korea (Kangnung & Nationwide) Tano Festival (parade, wrestling, fireworks, floating lanterns, etc. ), May/ June, 20 days
(Chonju) P’ungnam Festival (dance, folk arts, games and sports), May/June, 1 day

Bolivia (La Paz) Feast Day of Gran Poder (cultural fiesta, folk dances, costume parade, etc. ), moving date in late-May/early-June

Philippines (Pulilan/San isidro/Angono) Carabao (water buffalo), 14-15th, 2 days
(Obando) Fertility Rites, 3rd week, 1 day

Or go for festivals only, not the weather! i.e. this is not the best season

India (Thrissur) Pooram, Elephants, fireworks etc. April/May, 1 day. (Madurai) Chitra Fest. Divine marriage at Meenakshi temple. April/May, 10 days.
(Bodhgaya and Sarnath) Buddha Jayanti. Full moon day in Apr/May.
(Manali) Hadimba Temple, Dhungri Forest Festival. India Pictures.

Mexico (Aguascalientes) Feria de San Marcos (national fair), mid Apr/early May, 22 days
(Puebla) Cinco De Mayo (parties, dances), May 5th, (Papantla de Olarte, Veracruz) Fiesta De Corpus Cristi (strange rituals, dancing) May/Early-June. Mexico Pictures.

Thailand (Yasothon/Ubon/Nong Khai) Bun Bang Fai (Rocket Festival) Full moon, 2 days.

Laos, (nationwide) Bun Bang Fai (Rocket Festival), Full moon, 2 days.

China (Nanning) Dragon Boat Regatta, 1 day. China Pictures.

Malaysia, (Kota Belud, Sabah, Borneo) Tamu Besar, market & tribal gathering. May/June, 1 day
(Sarawak) Gawai Dayak (tribal gathering. Late-May/June. Malaysia Pictures.