September 2019

Traditional Celebrations

Mid-Autumn festival is celebrated in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam to signal the new harvest and worship the moon on the role it plays. Celebrations include eating moon cakes, carrying bright lanterns and watching lively dragon dances.

To celebrate Mid-Autumn festival in Hong Kong there are many interesting events taking place including Tai Hang fire dragon dance & Lantern displays and carnivals. Tai Hang fire dragon dance consists of 300 performers, over 24,000 incense sticks per night and a 67-metre dragon consisting of 32 sections whose head alone weighs 70 kg.

Qufu International Confucius Festival in China is held annually between 26 September and 10 October. It includes a grand ceremony of worshipping Confucius, performances at the Temple of Confucius and Cemetery of Confucius - and occasionally a kung fu competition.

Phinisi Festival (mid-September) includes all kinds of expertise involved in the process crafting Phinisi ship. Also enjoy culinary delights, craft exhibitions and art performances.

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival runs from 19 September to 16 October in the Inle Lake region. It’s a great opportunity to watch the procession of leg-rowed boats which are ceremoniously tugging four Buddha statues situated on a royal barge clockwise around the lake. Throughout the event, leg-rowed boat races are being held and hundreds of other vessels arrive to create a jubilant festive atmosphere.

International events

Formula 1 Grand Prix is one of Singapore’s most highly anticipated events each year (20-22 September).

Beijing 798 Art Festival takes place at Beijing's 798 Art Zone - is one of China's main centers for cutting edge contemporary art located in the northeast of the city. It has Beijing's highest concentration of art galleries and makes for a great day out, especially during the 798 Art Festival.

Thailand’s River Kwai Marathon also takes place this month; and the Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo
(8-22 September).

DiverseCity's KL International Arts Festival in Kuala Lumpur, the Festival will showcase more than 50 local, regional and international artistes in over a dozen venues in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.

Traditional Thai-Laos Long-Boat Racing takes place in many cities across Thailand (Bueng Kan, Pichit, Nan). At this time there are religious ceremonies accompanied by and team competitions competing for H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's Cup.

There are a number of intriguing events happening across China this month, including; Zhangjiajie International Forest Festival; Zhengzhou International Shaolin Martial Arts Festival and Xian Ancient Culture Art Festival.

Weather Patterns

September is one of the best months to visit Indonesia as you get peak season weather without the crowds! The weather this time of year is also at its most amiable in Hong Kong. However, in Japan at this time of year, typhoons are most likely – and in Southeast Asia, you can expect some rain.

Now is the best time to embark on a cruise between Mandalay and Bagan. It is also the only period when you can sail up the Chindwin River to the northern tip of the Irrawaddy River to see villages lost in time from the teak trade era.