Asia has plenty to offer travelers year-round, but spring is an especially great time to book a trip thanks to a host of exciting events, including India's Holi Festival and cherry blossom season in Japan. Here are four reasons to head to Asia early in the year.
Celebrate Lunar New Year Across the Continent
Eat longevity noodles and mooncakes in China, observe a day of silence in Bali, get in a water fight in Thailand, watch a lion dance in Hong Kong, or see the colorful floral decorations in Vietnam. Each country in Asia celebrates the New Year a bit differently—each its own rewarding experience.
Get Colorful at Holi Festival in India
Celebrating the victory of good over evil and the destruction of the demoness Holika, the Indian festival of Holi (also known as the Festival of Colors) sees people take to the streets across the country (and the world) to paint each other with colorful powders and dance to the sounds of dholak drums.
See the Cherry Blossoms in Japan
As winter turns to spring, Japan's iconic sakura (cherry blossoms) put on a colorful spectacle across the country. Come take part in the national pastime of picnicking in a park beneath a canopy of blossoms, a tradition known as hanami.
Make a Wish at Taiwan's Sky Lantern Festival
Each spring, almost 200,000 floating lanterns transform the night sky over Pingxi as residents of the old-world village send prayers to their heavenly ancestors. Visit rural Pingxi on a day trip from Taipei to make your own sky lantern and watch as the dark sky lights up with wishes and hopes for the coming year.