April Holidays, Festivals, Events

Songkran – All over Thailand April 13th to 16th 

วันสงกรานต์ (Wan Songkran)     Traditional Thai new year, and the major holiday of the year. Many people return home for family reunions during this period. The first day is known as วันมหาสงกรานต์ (Wan Maha Songkran), the second as วันเนา (Wan Nao), and the third as วันเถลิงศก (Wan Thaloeng Sok). The 14th is also observed as Family Day.

Cambodian New Year Chaul Chnam Thmey – Cambodia 13th or 14th

Cambodian New Year (Khmer: បុណ្យចូលឆ្នាំថ្មី) or Chaul Chnam Thmey in the Khmer language, literally “Enter New Year”, is the name of the Cambodian holiday that celebrates the New Year. The holiday lasts for three days beginning on New Year’s Day, which usually falls on April 13 or 14th, which is the end of the harvesting season, when farmers enjoy the fruits of their labor before the rainy season begins. Khmers living abroad may choose to celebrate during a weekend rather than just specifically April 13 through 15th. The Khmer New Year coincides with the traditional solar new year in several parts of India, Myanmar, Thailand and Sri Lanka.

Laotian New Year Pee Mai – Laos

Lao New Year, called Songkran (Lao: ສົງກຣານ, [sǒŋkràːn]) or Pii Mai (Lao: ປີໃໝ່, [pìːmāi]), is celebrated every year from April 14 to April 16.

The official festival lasts for three days from April 13 to April 15 (although celebrations can last more than a week in towns like Luang Prabang). The first day is the last day of the old year. Houses and villages are properly cleaned on the first day. Perfume, water and flowers are also prepared for the Lao New Year. The second day of the festival is the “day of no day”, a day that falls in neither the old year or the new year. The last day of the festival marks the start of the new year.

Traditions

Pii Mai celebration, flour throwing

Water is used for washing homes, Buddha images, monks, and soaking friends and passers-by. Students first respectfully pour water on their elders, then monks for blessings of long life and peace, and last of all they throw water at each other. The water is perfumed with flowers or natural perfumes. Some people prefer flowers in the water to give a pleasant smell, as well as adding cologne/perfume. Over the years another tradition has developed with Lao New Year: people will smear or throw cream (shaving cream or whipped cream) or white powder on each other during the celebrations.

Penang World Music Festival 2015

Penang Music Festival

Penang Tourism brings two nights of Global Music and Culture at the Penang World Music Festival 2015, happening on the 11 & 12 April 2015. The festival will be held at the Esplanade, George Town, Penang.   To Buy Tickets online http://www.ticketcharge.com.my/en/current-events/penang-world-music-festival-2015

Penang Hot Air Ballon Festival

Penang Malaysia  on Feb 21 and 22 2015

 

 April 4th international day to Say No to Dog Meat

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