June 2020

Traditional Celebrations

Gawai Dayak Festival (1 – 2 June) is an annual festival celebrated by the Dayak people in Sarawak, Malaysia and West Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Saraswati Day (4 June) is celebrated annually in Bali to celebrate the gift of knowledge. During Saraswati Day, students dress in their ceremonial finery for a communal prayer. Resource books are piled high and blessed with offering of fruits, flowers and a sprinkling of holy water.

Saga Dawa (5 June) is the most auspicious religious practice in Tibet. This month-long festival starts on the new moon of the fourth lunar month and worships the of Buddha.

The Yosakoi Soran Festival (10 – 14 June) held in Sapporo, Japan, is an energetic dancing event featuring naruko clappers and Hokkaido’s Soran Bushi folk melodies.

The Dragon Boat Festival (25 June) is a celebration where thousands of competitors take part in races as well as parades and other colourful activities. This annual festival takes place in China, Hong-Kong, Malaysia (Penang) and Singapore. It’s a colourful cultural festival with three distinct activities taking place; eating, drinking and racing dragon boats.

The Phi Ta Khon or 'Ghost Mask Festival' (26 – 28 June) held in Loei, Thailand, celebrates the return of the Buddha-to-be, Prince Vessandorn. It is said that the people in the village celebrated so loud that it awoke the dead who then joined the celebration.

The Bali Arts Festival runs between June and July and celebrates both the traditional and contemporary aspects of Balinese arts and culture with daily performances and handicraft exhibitions taking place.

International Events

Ultra Singapore (8 – 9 June) is the world's largest independent electronic music festival, bringing renowned global acts together from 18 countries, including the United States, Brazil, Tokyo and Seoul.

The award-winning Laguna Phuket Marathon (13 – 14 June) is an annual event held in Phuket, Thailand. Distances of 2 km for children, 5 km, 10.5 km, and full and half marathons are available.

Now in its 13th edition, the Borneo Marathon (21 June) takes place in Kota Kinabalu, East Malaysia. Since 2008, runners of Borneo Marathon have benefitted 25 charitable organizations and causes from around and outside of Sabah.