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East Asian Festivals 2018 - 2019 Calendar

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Gangneung Danoje Gangneung, South Korea
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Tulsa City Country Library Asian-American Festival Tulsa, OK
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Cherry Blossom Denver Denver, CO
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San Mateo Buddhist Temple Bazaar San Mateo, CA
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KCON Newark, NJ
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New York Asian Film Festival New York, NY
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Gion Matsuri Kyoto, Japan
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Bellevue Japan Fair Bellevue, WA
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Boston Chinatown Main Street Festival Boston, MA
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Naadam Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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Seattle Dragon Fest Seattle, WA
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Finger Lakes International Dragon Boat Festival Ithaca, NY
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Saint Paul Dragon Festival Saint Paul, MN
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Nisei Week Japanese Festival Los Angeles, CA
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Buddhist Church of Sacramento Obon Celebration Sacramento, CA
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Asian Film Festival of Dallas Dallas, TX
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JAPAN CUTS New York, NY
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Sacramento Japanese Film Festival Sacramento, CA
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Lotus and Water Lily Cultural Festival Washington, DC
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Seattle Betsuin Bon Odori Festival Seattle, WA
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Ocean World Sushi Bon Odori Festival Indianapolis, IN
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Colorado Dragon Boat Festival Denver, CO
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Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival Long Beach, CA
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Anime Festival Orlando Orlando, FL
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Charlotte Bon Odori Festival Charlotte, NC
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Oakland Obon Festival Oakland, CA
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Black Harvest Film Festival Chicago, IL
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San Diego Bon Odori San Diego, CA
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Midwest Buddhist Temple Ginza Holiday Festival Chicago, IL
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Ginza Festival Chicago, IL
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Milwaukee Dragon Boat Festival Milwaukee, WI
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Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival Richmond, VA
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Awa Odori Tokushima, Japan
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Como Park Zoo & Conservatory Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival Saint Paul, MN
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August Moon Festival Quincy, MA
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Yu Lan Hungry Ghost Festival Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
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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!

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