Thaipusam Hindu Festival, in and around Batu Caves, Malaysia.
January or February depending on the year.
What are Exotic Festivals?
These are bizarre, colourful, lively heritage events taking place in superb, exotic foreign locations that may include a variety of possible activities but mostly focus on local people in local dress doing traditionally loco things.
We do not include Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand in these listings. For those check English Speaking or European Festivals.
Exotic-Festivals are naturally often a crowded, noisy bedlam that require flexibility, an open mind and considerable walking.
Festivals in Asian and Islamic countries are often based on either moon cycles or a different calendar so dates can change dramatically year by year.
Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month, starts 27 May 2017 depending on location and runs to 25 June. There’s often a lively feast day, Eid al-Fitr, at the end of Ramadan on June 25, though the celebration/holiday begins at sunset of the previous day.