Unlike most cultures across the world that celebrate New Year with parties and sparkling festivities, the new year in the Balinese Saka calendar is dedicated to complete silence. This is called Nyepi Day, the Balinese day of Silence and it falls in 2017 on March 28 - the night of a new moon. The day before Nyepi is one on which evil spirits are driven away as villages and neighborhoods are cleaned, food is cooked for two days and at dusk, people start to bang pots and pans and carry torches through their homes. Demon effigies or huge monsters with bulging eyes made of bamboo, papier-mâché and cloth and known as Ogoh-Ogoh are carried through the streets in torch-lit parades. No travel (domestic, international or local) or activities should be scheduled for Nyepi Day.
Art Basel in Hong-Kong attracts the world's leading gallerists and collectors. This avant-garde exhibition always promises to push the boundaries of our expectations.
Singapore International Jazz festival features a stunning line up of more than 250 artists, including international Grammy Award Winners and the very best from the world of jazz, soul and blues.
The Angkor Music Festival takes place in Cambodia at the Angkor Archaeological Park close to Siem Reap. This year it will host a collection of musical and dance performances showcasing Cambodia’s rapidly evolving and hugely talented arts scene.
Predominantly great weather for traveling in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia and Singapore). Perfect conditions for cruising on Halong Bay in Vietnam (dry and cool).
Spring is approaching in Japan and China with the cherry blossom ready to burst open. The rapeseed flower fields are also nearing opening in Luoping (Yunnan province, China) - and the peach blossom festival takes place in Shanghai, China.
With March arrives excellent weather for traveling in Malaysia with the exception of Borneo where rain is still expected.