2017 Exotic Festivals May Listing

 World Festival dates and information

Takayama Festiva, Japan

Borobudur temple on Vesak day. Indonesia. 11 May 2017.

These listings are mostly about odd events in Exotic Places. Generally we do not list European or English Speaking festivals here – unless they are exceptionally alien!

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.

Calendar Dates are sometimes unconfirmed and occasionally unreliable, so check before booking. TBC/A = To Be Confirmed/Announced

May Events 2017

5 May
(same date every year)

MEXICO, Cinco de Mayo in Puebla, just north of Mexico City – the glorious battle of Puebla (1862) is celebrated with military dress, parades and mock battles in the main square of the lovely town. Mexico Travel Guide

5 – 9 May
TBC

THAILAND, Rocket Festival (Bun Bang Fai) in Yasothon (northeast Thai) – an annual buddhist ritual, praying for rain at the time of planting. Crazed rocket builders compete – with total disregard for safety – for the highest flier; it’s shrieking lunacy. Thailand Travel Guide

19 – 21 May
(the 3rd Friday to Sunday of every May)

JAPAN, Asakusa Sanja Matsuri in Tokyo – crowded processions of elaborate mini-shrines are vigorously carried around the streets near Tokyo’s venerable Asakusa shrine, well fuelled by saké and beer.

17 – 18 May

JAPAN, Grand Festival of Spring, Shunki Reitaisai and Sennin Gyoretsu in Nikko – a massive parade of samurai-dressed folk and dancers around a supremely beautiful shrine, Nikko Toshogu, a World Heritage site, in a gorgeous country town of hot springs and waterfalls. Japan Map

11 May TBC
(on the full moon day in May/June)

INDONESIA, Vesak (Waisak) Festival also known as Buddha Purnima (a holy day for Buddhist as Buddha’s birth and death- the enlightenment day) at Borobudur temple in Java, the world’s largest Buddhist structure. A quiet but stunningly spiritual event with acres of saffron-robed monks praying under the full moon. Vesak is celebrated in many other countries mainly in Asia such as India, China , Japan and Thailand but the date varied.

30 April – 4 May
(the procession on 3rd, the Buddha’s Birthday)

CHINA, Cheung Chau Bun Festival on Cheung Chau Island, Hong Kong. Yes, real, edible buns treated with enormous pomp on this fishing island, with sky-high bun towers, bun parades and something to eat too. It coincides with the Buddha’s Birthday celebration. Hong Kong Guide

12 – 20 May

MOROCCO, Fez Festival of World Sacred Music (Fès Musiques Sacrées du Monde), in Fes (Fez) – not at all tediously spiritual. Wide ranging music from Spanish gypsy laments to Sufi chanting in a perfectly evocative location in Morocco

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