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East Asian Festivals 2018 - 2019 Calendar

Please Touch Museum Chinese New Year Celebration Philadelphia, PA
San Francisco Chinese New Year Festival & Parade San Francisco, CA
San Diego Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair San Diego, CA
Arizona Matsuri Phoenix, AZ
Kansas City Japanese Film Festival Overland Park, KS
Chicago Chinese New Year Parade Chicago, IL
Tilles Center Lunar New Year Celebration Greenvale, NY
Central Florida Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival Orlando, FL
Da Shuhua Nuanquan, China
Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival Pingxi, Taiwan
Fresno Chinese New Year Parade and Festival Fresno, CA
Honolulu Festival Honolulu, HI
Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego Cherry Blossom Festival San Diego, CA
Hōnen Matsuri Komaki, Japan
DC National Cherry Blossom Festival Washington, DC
Ueno Cherry Blossom Festival (Ueno Sakura Matsuri) Tokyo, Japan
Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival Atlanta, GA
Kanamara Matsuri Kawasaki, Japan

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Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival Nashville, TN
Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival San Francisco, CA
Morikami Museum Hatsume Fair Delray Beach, FL
Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival San Francisco, CA
Copenhagen Sakura Festival København, Denmark
Austin Dragon Boat Festival Austin, TX
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Los Angeles, CA
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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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