Asia's Biggest Events For 2015/2016

17 October 2015
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Every year, Asia presents a packed calendar of incredible events that range from massive retail sales and ice sculptures, to a marathon along China's Great Wall.

These popular events allow each country to showcase its culture, both old and new, in a way that is fun and entertaining for the locals and visitors.

Check out the upcoming festivities for 2015 and 2016.

 Keep an eye out for Asia's best events

Culture Day

3 November, Japan

The first Culture Day was in 1948, to coincide with the creation of Japan’s post-war constitution, and now art exhibitions and street parades are scheduled to promote traditional endeavours.

New Year’s Eve

31 December, Vietnam

Celebrate New Year in Saigon, southern Vietnam’s biggest city, and witness an awesome spectacle with thousands of motorbike-riding locals descending on the city centre and doing endless circuits of the streets to form a sea of headlights and a wave of traffic so thick it’s almost impossible to cross the road.

Harbin Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival

5 January 2016, China

The Harbin Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival kicks off with an opening ceremony packed with fireworks and theatrical performances, before the destination becomes home to a temporary city of intricate ice carvings illuminated by colourful lights after dark.

 The Harbin Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival showcases astounding feats of art

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Valentine’s Day

14 February, Japan

The Japanese adopted a unique approach to celebrating St Valentine’s special day, with women shunning tradition to give men chocolates. The country’s department stores create elaborate displays leading up to the romantic occasion.

Art Basel

24 March, Hong Kong

The international arts spotlight falls on Hong Kong in March when Art Basel – a three-day exhibition of modern and contemporary art – happens alongside the renowned Hong Kong Arts Festival and new Art Central event.


13 April, Thailand

The new year is celebrated in Thailand during the annual Songkran Festival with locals playfully soaking each other – and any unwary tourists who cross their path – with water for three days to wash away the past and prepare for fresh experiences.

 Take part in one of the world's largest water gun battles

Great Wall Marathon

21 May, China

Athletes keen to complete one of the world’s unique marathons can tackle three distances – a 42-kilometre circuit, 21-kilometre half course, and 8.5-kilometre fun run – with the challenging route climbing steep sections of the world’s longest wall as it winds across mountainous terrain near Beijing.

The Great Singapore Shopping Sale

June, Singapore

The Great Singapore Shopping Sale happens every year during May, June and July, with stores around the city and suburbs – from the shopping centres on Orchard Road to indie boutiques on Haji Lane – slashing prices by up to 70 per cent. It's the best time of the year to bag a bargain from both Singaporean and international brands but be prepared for crowds.

 No ever forgets completing a marathon along the Great Wall of China

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Sarah Nicholson

Sarah Nicholson has been a journalist since 1999, combining her passion for writing and travel full time for the past six years, with work adventures taking her from South Africa's Sabi Sand Game Reserve to the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic. While she has visited 57 countries on six continents, and snapped thousands of photos during her jaunts around the globe, Sarah's heart belongs to Asia with Vietnam topping her list of favourite destinations.