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Malaysia is rich in its mix of different races, religions and culture

 

With a mix of different races, religions and culture, Malaysia is rich in its cultural diversity and festivals. A unique feature of Malaysian celebrations
is the concept of open house where friends of other races and communities are invited to join in the merry making and enjoy the festive treats.
 


Festivals & Celebrations of Malaysia



Pongal
Held in the middle of January, Pongal is a cultural festival celebrated by
Hindus to mark the harvesting and to give thanks to the sun for its bounty. 

DATE - 14 JAN 2013


Thaipusam
Hindus celebrate Thaipusam on the tenth month of their calendar. Thai' is the Hindu month which falls between January 15 to February 15. 
The festival is best witnessed at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur and in Penang.

DATE - 27 JAN 2013


Chinese New Year
Celebrated by the Chinese community, Chinese New Year occurs usually during mid-January to mid-February. The festivities are celebrated for 3 days, but as a whole, last for 15 days.

DATE - 10 & 11 FEB 2013


Good Friday
Malaysians Christians gather in churches around the country for services to mark the “saddest day” in the Christian calendar. Many churches hold several services, including one at 3pm – the hour Christ is traditionally said to have died.

DATE - 29 MAC 2013


Kaul
The Melanau festival, or 'Kaul', appeasing the spirits of the sea, land, forests and farm is celebrated at the end of the rainy season and the start of the fishing season in late March or April. The festival is celebrated on different days in the many Melanau settlements along the coast.

DATE - 24 ~ 28 APR 2013


Pesta Kaamatan
In May, Sabahan's celebrate the Kadazan Harvest Festival
.
DATE - 30 & 31 MAY 2013


Gawai Dayak
Celebrated by the Dayak communities in Sarawak.
Celebrated mid year on June 1 and 2, though unofficially, the festivities begin during the last week of May and continue through mid-June.

DATE - 01 & 02 JUN 2013


Fifth Moon Festival
Known also as the Patriotic Poet’s Festival or the Dumpling Festival, Chinese communities, living especially in coastal and riverine areas, observe the fifth moon of the lunar calendar with rice dumplings and dragon boat races. 

DATE -12 JUN 2013


Fiesta San Pedro
A delightful cultural event celebrated by the Portuguese-Eurasian community of Malacca. to commemorate the birthday of the patron saint of fishermen, San Pedro. The fishing boats, which are colorfully decorated for the festival, are blessed and prayers offered for a better season

DATE - 23 - 29 JUN 2013


Hungry Ghost Festival
On this day it is believed that the "Gates of Hell" are opened and that the dead return to visit their living relatives. The Chinese feel that they have to satisfy the imprisoned and hungry ghosts in order to get good fortune and luck
DATE - 20 AUG 2013


Mid Autmn or Mooncake Festival
The Mid-Autumn, or Mooncake Festival, falls on the 15th day of the Chinese eighth month, and is celebrated to signify the end of the harvest season. Associated with paper lanterns, it is also called the Lantern Festival.

DATE - 19 SEP 2013


Hari Raya Puasa
The most significant celebration for Muslims, it signifies the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. The words ‘Hari Raya’ means day of celebration.

DATE- 08 & 09 AUG 2012


Nine Emperor Gods Festival
Worshippers of Jiu Hwang Yeh Sect believe that the Nine Emperor Gods visit the worshippers every year on this day for nine days, and during the duration of the visit, the Gods have to be entertained with traditional opera and dances.

DATE - TBN


Deepavali
Celebrated by Hindus as the day the evil Narakasura was slain by Lord Krishna. Signifying the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.

DATE - 02 NOV 2013


Christmas
Held annually on Dec 25th, Christians celebrate the Nativity, or the birth of Christ. Christmas celebrations here in Malaysia are a little different from
the rest of the world.

DATE - 25 DEC 2013

 

RELATED LINKS



Malaysia Calendar Year 2014
Malaysian Calendar 2009 with dates of National / State / School Holidays / Malaysian Cultural Festivals and other special days

Malaysia Calendar Year 2013
Malaysian Calendar 2009 with dates of National / State / School Holidays / Malaysian Cultural Festivals and other special days

Cultural / Religious and Special Days 2013 & 2014
Dates Cultural Festivals & Celebrations and Other special Days such as Mothers or Secretaries Day etc that are not a holiday bur nevertheless celebrated in its own way

Holidays 2013 & 2014
National and State Public Holidays for year 2009 & 2010


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