Dzongs (temple-fortress compounds) in the capital of Thimphu come to life with music and dance during the tshechu festival. Monks wearing masks perform dances venerating Buddhist saints.
Two million people will flock to the Tonle Sap River in Phnom Penh for the Bon Om Tuk water festival. Some 450 dragon boats race in honor of an unusual event: the river's current changing direction.
The world's top athletes will gather in Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympics. The city's new National Stadium, the "bird's nest", was built for the Games.
More than 200 galleries from around the world will showcase 10,000 works at the annual Shanghai Art Fair, the largest of its kind on the continent.
During Kerala's colorful festival of Thrissur Pooram, two lines of 13 elaborately decorated elephants parade against a background of music and fireworks.
The harvest festival of Onam, also held in Kerala, is known for its ornate costumes, lavish feasts and intricate, artful pookalam, or flower carpets.
June 17-July 15
A grand parade opens the month-long Bali Arts Festival of dance, theater, visual arts and special events, from gong competitions to fashion shows.
April 23-May 5
The 2,600 sakura (cherry blossom) trees at Hirosaki Castle in northern Japan are not to be missed. When in bloom, the trees provide a vivid counterpoint to the 17th-century castle and ancient pine trees.
Sumo wrestlers compete annually in six grand, 15-day tournaments, or basho, to determine the champion of Japan's national sport. Fans can view the seconds-long, tense matches at the Natsu Basho in Tokyo.
The town of Chichibu, outside Tokyo, hosts a boisterous parade and fireworks. The highlight is in the evening, when the 33-foot-tall, 10-ton floats are illuminated with countless lanterns.