GastroMonth 2018, Singapore
1 to 30 September
This September heralds the arrival of GastroMonth, which gives you the chance to sample special menus at selected restaurants featured in the guide, including some two-star eateries. Try the omakase lunch menu at Shoukouwa, which focuses on seasonal seafood, and a reasonably priced Sichuan-focused five-course lunch menu at Shisen Hanten. Get a full list of participating restaurants and terms at guide.michelin.com/sg.
Hartalika Teej, Nepal
12 to 14 September
Celebrated by women all over Nepal and some parts of India, Teej is a monsoon festival dedicated to the goddess Parvati and her union with Lord Shiva. Female devotees dance, sing and play traditional folk songs over the course of the celebrations, dressed up in red and green sarees as a sign of luck. The women also participate in a 24-hour fast on the first day of the festival, where they do not even drink a drop of water, following a feast on the third day.
Ganesh Chaturthi, Chennai
On the day of Ganesh Chaturthi, Hindu devotees install clay statues of Lord Ganesha in their homes and on elaborately decorated pandals (podiums) all across India, commemorating the god’s birthday. This is followed by 10 days of daily worship, with offerings of flowers and sweet treats. On Anant Chaturdashi (23 Sep), massive idols are taken in riotous processions of music and chanting to the nearest body of water, where they are immersed as symbols of the intransigent nature of the universe.
Formula 1 2018 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, Singapore
14 to 16 September
The 11th edition of the Singapore night race is all set to light up the city. Keep a lookout for top drivers Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel as they race it out against Singapore’s Marina Bay backdrop. Not just that, groove out to the likes of Martin Garrix, Dua Lipa and The Killers – who will be performing over the three days of the race.
2018 Indian Open, Kochi
18 to 22 September
The coastal town of Kochi plays host to the world’s leading snooker players as the 5th edition of the Indian Open rolls into town. While the country is more famous for its love of cricket, it’s a less known fact that India is actually the birthplace of snooker. It was invented in 1875 by British officer Sir Neville Chamberlain in Jabalpur, before the rules were formalised at the Ootacamund Club, in the Nilgiri Hills, close to Coimbatore.
Mid-Autumn Festival, Various
The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated as a harvest festival on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar, with a full moon at night. Many ethnic-Chinese make offerings to the lunar deity Chang’e, the Moon Goddess of Immortality. These days, the festival is a time for families and friends to get together and tuck into mooncakes, while children play with brightly lit lanterns.
Bali International Film Festival
24 to 30 September
The 12th edition of the Bali International Film Festival will see a range of documentaries, short films and features being showcased. This year’s theme, Timeless, brings out a film’s ability to share a range of human stories from the big moments to small moments in time. Check out 1000Gestalten, a documentary on an art performance of the same name that sees hundreds of grey clay figures walking through the streets, representing a dead and lifeless society.
Samui Festival, Koh Samui
25 to 30 September
Celebrate the 120th anniversary of Koh Samui at this five-day long festival, with a range of sports, music, arts and food events. There will be two stages set up for the stellar lineup of performers, including Thai rock band Potato and Thai hip hop artist Joey Boy. Take a walk down Art Lane to view the artwork on display by local Samui artists and other Thai artists. When you feel peckish, head over to Food Street, to enjoy a smorgasbord of Thai favourites.
The GREAT Food Festival, Singapore
27 to 30 September
Held at Resorts World Sentosa, the GREAT Food Festival brings award-winning chefs and patissiers together for a three-day gastronomic journey. Start out at the Star Chef Arena, where renowned chefs such as Susur Lee and Cat Cora will whip up some of their signature dishes. Taste Cat Cora’s Herb Butter Cooked with Queen Scallop. Rollin’ Sweet Times is where you’ll find world-renowned patissiers and pastry chefs showcasing desserts from reconstructed egg tarts to sparkling frozen yogurt. Dessert masterclasses from the Topless Baker, Philip Khoury and Yume Patisserie are also available. Take a pause at The Cellar, which will feature a range of wines from the vineyards of Chile, France and many more.