May Holidays, Festivals, Events SE Asia

Koh Samui Regatta – Koh Samui, Thailand

Since its birth in 2002, Samui Regatta has grown to attract the best yachts in Asia and a large spectator following who come to Koh Samui for great sailing, great parties and to experience all that the island has to offer.


Waisak –  Indonesia

The Holiest day in the Buddhist calendar. Buddha’s birthday is celebrated on the Sunday which is nearest to the full moon day in the month of May.


Boun Bang Fai Rocket Festival, Laos and North Eastern Thailand 

A Rocket Festival (Thai: ประเพณีบุญบั้งไฟ Prapheni Bun Bang Fai, Lao: ບຸນບັ້ງໄຟ Bun Bang Fai’) is a merit-making ceremony traditionally practiced by ethnic Lao people throughout much of Isan and Laos, in numerous villages and municipalities near the beginning of the wet season. Celebrations typically include preliminary music and dance performances, competitive processions of floats, dancers and musicians on the second day, and culminating on the third day in competitive firings of home-made rockets. Local participants and sponsors use the occasion to enhance their social prestige, as is customary intraditional Buddhist folk festivals throughout Southeast Asia.[1] Since the March 1, 1972, separation of Yasothon from Ubon Ratchathani Province, with its world-famous Candle Festival, Yasothon’s provincial capital has elaborately staged its now world-famous Rocket Festival annually over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday weekend that falls in the middle of May


Usaba Sambah- Tenganan, Bali, Indonesia

Dates: fifth month of the Tenganan calendar (usually in May)

Level of participation: 1 – watch the girls wheel and the boys deal blows

In the walled, Bali Aga village of Tenganan, you’ll see a couple of fairly typical fairground scenes: girls on ferris wheels and boys fighting. The difference here is that these two things are what the festival is all about. The village’s unmarried girls sit on the wooden ferris wheel, which is turned for hours on end by foot power alone (though in recent times there have been years when the village has had no unmarried girls).
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Pulilan Carabao Festival- Philippines

The Carabao Festival is celebrated on the feast day of San Isidro Labrador (St. Isidore the Worker), the farmer’s patron saint from May 15 to 16 as tribute to the water buffalos or carabaos in the farming town of San Isidro, Nueva Ecija, Pulilan, Bulacan, and Angono, Rizal. Thecarabao or (kalabaw) is the national animal of the Philippines.

Carabao Festival



The Royal Ploughing Ceremony, or ‘Bon Chroat Preah Nongkoal’ in the Khmer language, is solemnly celebrated at the beginning of the sowing and planting season. Every year in May, this cultural ceremony takes place at the park in front of the National Museum (next to the Royal Palace). Cambodia has deep connection with earth and farming. There is a deep astrological belief that royal oxen known in Khmer as Usapheak Reach, have an instrumental role in determining the fate of the agricultural harvest each year.

Traditionally, the King Meak, representing the king of Cambodia, ploughs the field whilst the Queen, the Preah Mehuo, sows seeds from behind. The field is ceremoniously ploughed three times around. The royal servants then drive the royal oxen to seven golden trays containing rice, corn, sesame seeds, beans, grass, water, and wine to feed. The royal soothsayers interpret what the oxen have eaten and predict a series of events including epidemics, floods, good harvests, and excessive rainfall. At this festival, both men and women wear brightly colored Khmer traditional costume.

Sabah Fest 2015 : Cultural Extravaganza Malaysia

King Of Thailand

Coronation Day May 5th

Bhumibol Adulyadej (Thai: ภูมิพลอดุลยเดช; RTGS: Phumiphon Adunyadet; pronounced [pʰūː.mí.pʰōn ʔà.dūn.já.dèːt]  born 5 December 1927) is the King of Thailand. He is also known as Rama IX, as he is the ninth monarch of the Chakri Dynasty. Having reigned since 9 June 1946, he is the world’s longest-serving current head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history.  Bhumibol was crowned King of Thailand on 5 May 1950 at the Royal Palace in Bangkok where he pledged that he would “reign with righteousness for the benefit and happiness of the Siamese people” (“เราจะครองแผ่นดินโดยธรรม เพื่อประโยชน์สุขแห่งมหาชนชาวสยาม”).

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