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Thailand has many Buddhist festivals throughout the year, but some of the most interesting for visitors to the country to experience are the colourful candle festivals held at the start of the annual rains retreat. The parades are held on both city streets and waterways and feature the transportation of candles to the temples ranging from individual offerings in floral displays up to massive wax carvings on motorised floats that take up to a year to make.
Visiting the colourful provincial festivals in the Philippines can be a stressful experience for senior travellers because of the distance, heat, crowds and noise. But there is one festival close to Manila that can be enjoyed at a more leisurely pace, and still offers all the elements of the larger ones — colour, tradition, culture and local foods to sample.
From experiential art installations to raptors and turtles, the emirate of Sharjah in the UAE offers a plethora of things to do and places to see for the senior traveller. Guest author, Ambica Gulati, describes her 4-day visit to this destination on the Persian Gulf that is growing in popularity with visitors from overseas.
When you’re travelling in Asia, you’ll probably want to see some of its famous festivals. Each country has its own, religious or cultural, traditional or modern. Some of the biggest festivals, especially religious ones, reach beyond national borders and are celebrated by huge numbers of people across the continent. Here’s a concise guide to six of Asia’s top international festivals.
Often billed as Asia's most spectacular pageant, the Esala Perahera is held in the Sri Lankan hill town of Kandy. The Esala Perahera festival runs for 10 days, and there are parades during the day and at night featuring dancers, drummers, acrobats, fire-eaters and brightly decorated elephants.