One of the best ways to truly discover a culture is through its celebrations. Whether it’s a traditional ceremony that ties into local beliefs or the welcoming of a new season, each destination offers an adventure for the senses, from a new world of colours, flavours and music to understanding the beauty of Asia. Join Amari in experiencing these unique festivals throughout Asia this year for an adventure packed with diversity and new discoveries.
Experiencing the Mid-Autumn Festival in Yangshuo – 24th September 2018
A seasonal tradition celebrated around August and September of each year in China, the Mid-Autumn Festival is the second most important festival after Chinese New Year. Falling on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, it stems from the ancient practice of lunar appreciation marking the end of the autumn harvest. The full moon is considered a symbol of reunion, and as such it is a time for families and friends to gather and enjoy sweet mooncakes with lotus seed paste and other fillings. In fact, mooncakes are one of the hallmark traditions of this festival as their round shapes symbolizes completeness and unity.
Experience the authenticity of the festival in the picturesque town of Yangshuo where towering karst peaks reach for the skies and lush green sceneries envelope the meandering Lijiang River. The locals of Yangshuo practice their own customs unique to this area by folding little paper boats with candles and floating them down the Li River with good wishes for the future. Another unique tradition practised by the Zhuang minority in Yangshuo is the Folk Singing Festival, where young men and women gather to sing love songs under the moonlight.
Book your stay at Amari Yangshuo to secure your Mid-Autumn Festival experience in one of the best downtown locations. All bookings made on Amari.com also receive complimentary 50 CNY dining credit at Cascade till 31 December 2018. Superior rooms start at 650 CNY ++ per night.
Lighting Up Galle this Deepavali – 7th November 2018
For four days every year, the Hindu community in Sri Lanka celebrates an important holiday, known as Deepavali, or the Festival of Lights, which will be held on 7 November 2018. While there is more than one story behind the festival, it is agreed that Deepavali celebrates the triumph of good over evil by lighting up the darkness.
Enriched with natural greenery, bursts of spices in the air, stunning architecture and fascinating sculptures set against dramatic coastal scenery, explore and unearth Galle’s unimaginable beauty this Deepavali. Lamps and colourful designs decorate buildings, fireworks are set and there is music and gatherings everywhere. One of the more delicious aspects of Deepavali is the making and sharing of sweets. Festive desserts, such as halwa, a soft carrot pudding that melts in your mouth, and ladoo, made of Semolina and coconut flakes, are popular favourites that friends and neighbours share during the holiday.
Amari Galle currently offers exclusive rates starting at 119 USD ++ per night for stays until 20 December 2018. All rooms offer ocean views, guaranteeing a peaceful seaside experience.
Celebrating the Thai Festival of Lights – 23rd November 2018
A spectacular scene unfolds each year in Thailand when thousands of candle-lit baskets are released into the river under a bright full moon for Loy Krathong, Thailand’s Festival of Lights. Held each year on the twelfth month of the traditional lunar calendar, this year’s festival will take place on 23 November. Loy Krathong is celebrated all over the country to pay respects to the Goddess of the Water and send off past misfortune to pave the way for good luck. ‘Loy’ means to float, and ‘krathong’ refers to a small basket made of banana leaves, adorned with flowers, incense and candles, which are released into bodies of water and symbolise the fresh start. In Bangkok, one of the best places to celebrate is at the heart of the nation’s capital by the Chao Phraya River. Visitors can purchase a homemade krathong from nearby sellers gathered by the river and partake in this magical ceremony.
Amari Watergate Bangkok is just a short 20-minute drive from Asiatique the Riverfront, a popular night market destination situated right on the Chao Phraya River. Celebrating Loy Krathong there will be especially festive as the river will be filled with lighted boats, providing the best ambience to celebrate amongst the locals.
From now till 31 December 2018, Amari Watergate Bangkok is offering the Hot Deal Package, starting at 8,584 THB ++ for a two-night stay in a Deluxe King room. The package includes BTS Skytrain tickets, 1,000 THB dining credit, discounts at Breeze Spa and in-house dining outlets, and late check-out until 16:00.
Experience fun and sustainable living at Wonderfruit – 13th to 16th December
South East Asia’s hippest festival, Wonderfruit, is held each year just a few hours from Bangkok in the coastal town of Pattaya. Rooted in the founder’s ethos of sustainable living and connecting a creative community, Wonderfruit is a fourday celebration of the arts and sustainable living, with international live music acts and DJs, perspective-shifting talks and workshops, world-class cuisine, street food, cutting-edge architecture and more.
After a day and of dancing and festival revelry, enjoy the creature comforts of Amari Residences Pattaya situated right on Pratumnak Hill and close to the city’s attractions. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool and libations in the swim-up bar to complete the day.
From now till 26 December 2018, Amari Residences Pattaya is offering the Hot Deal Package from 5298 THB ++ for a minimum two-night stay in the Superior room. The package includes daily buffet breakfast at Brasserie Restaurant, a guaranteed free room upgrade to the next category, a one-time Thai set dinner for two and late check-out until 16:00.
For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.amari.com