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East Asian Festivals 2017 - 2018 Calendar

East Asian Food, Film & Cultural Festivals

Rich with tradition and diverse as each country itself, East Asia is filled with some fantastic cultural festivals. At Loi Krathong and Yi Peng in Chiang Mai, Thailand, thousands of lanterns and small floating vessels are released into the night sky and dark waters. The soft glow creates a beautiful moment for attendees, who have taken part in this ritual celebration to let go of the past in the hope of a new beginning. Chinese New Year is perhaps the most popular and widely celebrated in not only East Asia but within East Asian communities across the world. As a custom, children receive money in lucky red envelopes when they wish their elders well and a happy new year. To bring in good luck and prosperity in the new year, households undergo a spring cleaning to usher out the old and welcome the new. Feasts are had with families and parades filled with dragon dances and fireworks spill out onto the streets of Hong Kong. The Phuket Vegetarian Festival in Thailand is a nine-day religious celebration. Although the consensual mutilation involved seems horribly gruesome to the outside spectator, they are a deeply religious aspect to the ceremonies and rituals performed in honor of the Nine Emperor Gods. A vegetarian diet is also kept as a display of piety and devotion. For something a little bit more palatable, try checking out some East Asian food festivals for some delectable bites. They’ve got some awesome film festivals too!

Gion Matsuri Kyoto, Japan
Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival Long Beach, CA
Colorado Dragon Boat Festival Denver, CO
San Diego Bon Odori San Diego, CA
Oakland Obon Festival Oakland, CA
Black Harvest Film Festival Chicago, IL
Charlotte Bon Odori Festival Charlotte, NC
Stockton Obon Odori & Cultural Bazaar Stockton, CA
Korean Festival Hawaiʻi Honolulu, HI
Ginza Festival Chicago, IL
Milwaukee Dragon Boat Festival Milwaukee, WI
Japanese Food & Cultural Bazaar Sacramento, CA

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Awa Odori Tokushima, Japan
International Haari Boat Festival Hilo, HI
Nisei Week Japanese Festival Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Tanabata Festival Los Angeles, CA
August Moon Festival Quincy, MA
Seattle Tibet Fest Seattle, WA
Oakland Chinatown StreetFest Oakland, CA
Japan Film Festival San Francisco, CA
Nan Desu Kan Denver, CO
Okinawan Festival Honolulu, HI
Yu Lan Hungry Ghost Festival Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Pensacola Bon Odori Festival Pensacola, FL
Boston Chinatown Lantern Festival Boston, MA
SCCCA Happy Moon Festival Irvine, CA
Japan Summer Festival Lexington, KY
J-POP SUMMIT San Francisco, CA
VAALA Children's Moon Festival Santa Ana, CA
Louisville Dragon Boat Festival Louisville, KY
Hanart Culture Chinese Lantern Festival Belmont, NC
Long Island Chinese American Association Mid-Autumn Festival Oyster Bay, NY
MOCA Mid-Autumn Moon Festival New York, NY
Lincoln Asian Center Harvest Moon Festival Lincoln, NE
Maryland Korean Festival Ellicott City, MD
New Mexico Aki Matsuri Albuquerque, NM
Atlanta Mid Autumn Moon Fest Norcross, GA
Hanart Culture Chinese Lantern Festival Belmont, NC
San Francisco Film Society Hong Kong Cinema San Francisco, CA
Montgomery Korean Festival Pike Road, AL
Indianapolis Chinese Festival Indianapolis, IN
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