Sure, it’s only the fourth day of the first month of the year and might be a little too early to be planning this year’s vacations. Or is it – especially when it’s all about getting the best deals for flights and hotels? Here’s a roundup of 2017’s public holidays and some suggestions for trips during those periods. You’re welcome.
Chinese New Year
28, 29, 30 Jan (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)
If you don’t have (or don’t want) to be around during CNY, this stretch is the first long weekend of the year. Check out snow and ice sculptures the size of buildings at the Sounkyo Hyobaku Matsuri (Ice Waterfall Festival) in Kamikawa, Japan, which will be held till 20th March.
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14 April (Friday)
Songkran is from the 13th to 15th of the month. You know what Thai New Year means right? A water festival unlike any other, so load up your arsenal with the mightiest Super Soakers already.
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1 May (Monday)
Bali calls. Not that you’ll need more reason to make another visit, but May is a good time to beat the summer crowd while enjoying the better weather.
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10 May (Wednesday)
Make your way to Laos for the Boun Bang Fai (Rocket Festival). Tons of giant homemade rockets will be launched into the sky to thank the gods for a good rainy season from the 5th to the 9th. It’ll be super loud, but super fun.
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Hari Raya Puasa
25, 26 Jun (Sunday, Monday)
The renowned Glastonbury Festival will be held from the 21st to the 25th in Somerset, and you can take the opportunity to explore other parts of the UK thereafter.
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9 Aug (Wednesday)
Just be a bit patriotic and stay for Singapore’s birthday, OK?
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Hari Raya Haji
1 Sep (Friday)
Drop anchor in Kerala, India for a treat to the senses and an explosive celebration of sorts during the Hindu festival Onam, which falls on the 4th.
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18 Oct (Wednesday)
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the Phuket Vegetarian Festival is as mild as it sounds. Except it really is anything but and involves firewalking, piercings and various other extreme self mortification rituals. The eye-opening experience will take place from the 20th to the 28th.
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25 Dec (Monday)
Yay to another long weekend, though it’s also a time to be with family and friends. If you’re travelling, there’ll surely be something going on in most parts of the world and you’ll likely have an enjoyable time wherever you are.
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