July 2020

Traditional Celebrations

Many cultural events take place during Gion Matsuri, which is held annually in Japan throughout July, but the most popular is the grand procession of 32 floats that are paraded, some two-floors high and weighing up to 10 tons with a combination of music and performances taking place on them.

Boun Khao Pansa (5 July) in Laos marks the beginning of the three-month Buddhist Lent, which commences on the full moon in July and continues until the full moon in October. This is considered a particularly auspicious time for Lao men who enter the monkhood through numerous ordination ceremonies.

George Town World Heritage Day (7 July) and the George Town Festival take place in Penang, with activities focusing mainly on Penang's unique heritage and traditions.

Marking the start of the rainy season, the Candle Festival (16 – 17 July) is amongst the most beautiful celebrations in Thailand. Held across various cities in the northeast and north of Thailand, the festival showcases extravagant, intricately-carved candle sculptures at colourful, fun parades with music, dance and lots of other festivities.

Tenjin Matsuri (24 – 25 July) in Osaka claims to be the world's biggest boat festival. Highlights include a land procession formed of a parade of over 3,000 people dressed in the imperial-court style of the 8th-12th Centuries.

International Events

The Grand Sumo Tournament (5 – 19 July) takes place in Nagoya.

All you ever need to know about automobiles will be covered at the Shanghai International Auto Show (8 – 11 July). View everything from passenger cars o commercial vehicles, trucks, buses and special prototypes.

Rainforest World Music Festival (10 – 12 July) in Kuching, Sarawak is a unique festival that brings together renowned world musicians from all continents and indigenous musicians from the interiors of the island of Borneo.

Singapore Food Festival (12 – 28 June) is a month-long food festival that started back in 1994 and is organised annually by the Singapore Tourism Board.

The Borneo Jazz Festival (17 – 19 July) is an annual international jazz festival, one of the longest-running in the region, that takes place in the seaside city of Miri at Coco Cabana, featuring a vast repertoire of Jazz genres.

The Singapore Garden Festival (18 – 26 June) gathers the world's top award-winning garden and floral designers under one roof. Landscape displays and award-winning plants will be showcased at the National Orchid Garden and other parts of the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

The Malaysia Coffee Fest takes place annually in Kuala Lumpur during July.

Chinese Opera Festival kicks off in Hong Kong during July, as well as the Hong Kong Summer Fun Festival.

The annual Indonesia International Mask Festival held in Solo, Central Java during July, showcases unique traditional mask dance performances from every corner of the world, including the iconic mask dances of Indonesia.