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Fun Summer Festivals in Asia

August 18th, 2010 by

The month of August, full of fun and interesting festivals, contains a lot of excitement for Asian tourists and locals alike. Some festivals have historic significance, while others are really just for fun. The following are just a few held annually throughout Asia.

Nebuta Matsuri

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Colorful papier-mâché floats and representations of historical figures are paraded through the streets of Aomori, Japan beginning on August 2nd each year.  The Nebuta Matsuri Festival typically lasts about 5 days and is a vividly colorful display of characters, with dancers and musicians flocking around town.

The festival is held in honor of a scare tactic used by General Tamuramaro in the early 9th century to prevent enemy attacks. Preparations for this joyous celebration of country and folklore go on all year long and the results are spectacular.

Kanto Matsuri

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Extend your stay at awesome hotels in Japan so you can attend Kanto Matsuri, a festival typically held August 3rd through6th in Akita. This is a harvest celebration primarily, with tons of kanto or bamboo poles and candle-lit lanterns.

Throughout Kanto Matsuri Festival, 160 kanto march through the streets while performers show off spectacular acrobatic skills. They balance, shift the kanto around their shoulders and backs at unbelievable speeds and perform a series of entertaining feats for the audience. You don’t find this kind of talent just anywhere – Kanto Matsuri is a one-of-a-kind acrobatic show.

Hungry Ghost Festival

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The Hungry Ghost Festival begins August 14 and takes place throughout all of China. The Chinese believe that during the 7th lunar month the gates of heaven and hell open and hungry ghosts are set free to wander the earth in search of food.

The relatives of the dead prepare an extravagant meal for their ancestors. By offering delicious, edible gifts to the dead, they hope to be blessed with good luck and good fortune. Concerts and theatrical performances are common as well.

Tokyo Japan Bay Fireworks Festival

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Many towns and cities in Asia hold fireworks displays in the summer months, but the Tokyo Japan Bay Fireworks Festival, usually held around August 22nd , is the largest.

This is not your typical fireworks display. Japanese anime characters play out before you in the sky as crazy colors and shapes erupt in phantasmagorical fashion.

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