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Travel Asia: Asakusa Samba
Toyko’s version of Rio Carnaval happens every August, in Asakusa district. Travelers to Asia and natives alike are amazed by colorful sequined costumes and feathers of dancing Samba girls, along with their full bands marching down street alongside them.
Travel Asia: The Festival of Hungry Ghosts
Hong Kong hosts this unusual yearly event, held on 14th day of seventh moon (sometime in August, during a full moon). Legend says that gates of Hades were opened on this day, and dead who cannot rest were left to run streets mischievously. The Yue Lan Festival, as it is known in Chinese, has natives of city putting up odd paper monuments all over streets, which are then ceremoniously burned on last day.
Travel Asia: The Monkey God Festival
The Monkey God first appeared in Chinese literature during Ming Dynasty in book, “Pilgrims to West”. Since then, this deity has been celebrated during month of September at Kowloon’s Sau Mau Ping Temple, by recreating a bizarre attempted execution by other other gods – which includes such things as a ladder of knives, and charcoal set on fire. Travelers to this strange Asian celebration need not be concerned, though – Monkey God lived, and so do participants in this celebration.
Jean Sutherland has worked in the travel industry for over 10 years and has a website dedicated to resort spas and day spas. http://www.spasoftheworld.com / http://www.dayspalady.com