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Bangkok's Songkran New Year festival washes away bad luck (EPA/Corbis)

Highlights and Hotspots

Celebrations, ceremonies and competitions sure to delight even the most seasoned traveler

Nepal
October 26-30
In Katmandu, dogs are adorned with flower garlands and offered special meals during the Hindu festival of Tihar, held to honor animals and the Goddess of Fortune.

Thailand
April 13-15
Prepare to get soaked at the Songkran New Year festival in Bangkok. Water from buckets, pistols, hoses and elephant trunks flies through the air during the hottest time of year. It's believed that the ritual will wash away bad luck.

Vietnam
September 14
Children are celebrated throughout Vietnam during the Tet Trung Thu festival. Proud parents give moon cakes (made of sesame seeds and lotus flowers) to their children, who carry colorful lanterns through the streets.

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