Nepal (Kathmandu Valley) Macchendrath Rath Jatral, 1 month as 100s of devotees tow a massive wooden ‘chariot’ carrying their #1 rain god through the streets. Patan is one of the 3 towns in the fascinating Kathmandu Valley.
Atitlan), Holy week.
Mexico, Chichen Itza , Spring Equinox, 1 day.
(Chiapas state and nationwide) Holy week Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.
Vietnam, (Huong Tich Mountain range), Huong Tich/Lac Long Quan Festival (Buddhist pilgrimage), Feb-early Apr
(Quoc Hai) Thay Pagoda Festival, Mar/Apr, 7th day of the 3rd lunar month, 1 day. Vietnam Pictures
Burma (Myanmar), (Nationwide) Thingyan Water Festival, Mar/Apr, 3-4 days.
Colombia (Cartagena), Cartagena International Festival of Caribbean Music. Mid-Mar, 5 days.
(San Antero), Colombian National Beauty Contest for Donkeys.
Nepal, Holi, celebrating Hindu myths in a totally wild, colourful, and throw-paint-over-everyone way. Nationwide but especially good in Kathmandu. March 18.
Philippines (Nationwide) Holy week (the week up to Easter), Mar/Apr, famous mostly for bloody flagellation and crucifixions. Body piercers will love it.
Tibet (beware extreme cold! ):
(Nationwide) New Year. Feb/ March 4 days.
(Lhasa) Great Prayer fest. Feb/March 7 days.
Peru (Puno, Cusco+) Holy week.
Indonesia, Bali, Nyepi (Balinese New Year), a few days.
(Larantuka, Flores), Easter Parade.
Bhutan, Paro and Thimpu festival, in a stunning monastic setting monks in brilliant silks perform traditonal dances. March/April.
Bolivia (Oruro) Devil’s Carnival Feb/March. 8 days.