April 2020

Traditional Celebrations

In Vietnam, celebrations occur for one of the most important holidays, Hung Kings Commemoration Day (2 April), with a joyous occasion that is centred on traditional Vietnamese culture and values.

The Qingming Festival (4 April) in China is a time for the Chinese people to honour their ancestors and pay respect to the dead. This is done by cleaning tombs of the deceased while burning offerings at the site. Qingming is also observed in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Popa Ceremony (12 – 17 April) takes place at Mount Popa in Myanmar - a vast volcanic mountain located southeast of Bagan. It is said that the area is home to Mahagiri, the most important of all the nats, spirits worshipped by the Myanmar people. During the festival, pilgrims ascend the mountain to take part in traditional dances, making it a very crowded yet spiritual festival.

New Year is celebrated across much of Asia in April. In Thailand it is known as Songkran (13 – 15 April); Choul Chhnam Khmer (14 – 16 April) in Cambodia; Pi Mai Lao (14 – 17 April) in Laos, and Thingyan (12 – 16 April) in Myanmar. Xishuangbanna in China’s Yunnan Province also holds the Water Splashing Festival (13 – 15 April) to mark the occasion.

Takayama Matsuri or 'Haru no Takayama Matsuri' (14 – 15 April), is one of Japan’s most visually striking festivals to celebrate the coming of spring. The Takayama Festival is ranked as one of Japan's three most beautiful festivals, held twice a year in spring and autumn.

Ramadan (23 April – 23 May) starts towards the end of April and is mainly celebrated in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Golden Week (29 April – 6 May) in Japan is an extremely popular time for domestic travel. Festivities run from Showa Day (29 April) which honours the memory of the previous Emperor, to Children’s Day (5 May) and includes the adjacent weekends.

International Events

Hue International Festival (1 – 6 April) introduces visitors to Hue's traditional craft villages, helping preserve the strong traditions within the city. Visitors can explore the many handicrafts, photography exhibitions and enjoy fine cuisine.

Join 40,000 spectators at the Hong Kong Sevens (3 – 5 April) for one of the world's most electrifying rugby events. Following on from the Hong Kong Sevens and next on the rugby circuit is the Singapore Sevens (11 – 12 April), held at Singapore’s National Stadium in the heart of the city.

Ubud Food Festival (17 – 19 April) is an Asia’s leading culinary celebration, with the spotlight on Indonesian food and its food industry members shining brighter than ever. It will be bringing together some of the greatest culinary names from across the archipelago and beyond.

Since its first edition in 2004, the Shanghai Grand Prix (17 – 19 April) has worked its way up in order to become one of most exciting races of the season.

The annual Singapore International Jazz Festival is a delight for music lovers as a stunning line up of more than 250 artists are involved. International Grammy Award Winners and the very best from the world of jazz, soul and R&B in Singapore take to the stage.

The World Gourmet Summit is held annually in Singapore. This unique event provides an epicurean platform to meet the world’s top chefs and wine experts displaying their best skills.