Festivals in Malaysia

Festivals in Malaysia the Malaysia amazing tourism attractions. Malaysia destination has several really interesting festivals to experience. Malaysia is known for its unique combination of socio religious culture. It is one of the most popular and amazing Malaysia tourism destinations. Picturesque scenery and Malaysia culture draws people from all over the world.

Hari Raya Aidilfitri -Courtesy by Tourism Malaysia Office Kuala Lumpur

Culture in Malaysia is considered to be a great combination of both old and new. As such Malaysia vacations are always popular among tourist, as its calendar remains exciting throughout the year. The many festivals and events in Malaysia are the major cause for its prosperous tourism.

Malaysia festivals and celebrations are among the Malaysia attractions. At these time homes are gorgeously festooned and many Malaysians dress in their traditional costumes. The distinctive element s of Malaysian festival is the idea of open house. Friends of other races are also invited to join in the cheerful making and enjoy celebratory goodies.

Federal Territory Day

Federal Territory Day is important festival and event in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur was declared as Federal Territory in the year 1974. The great event is celebrated by the city residents. A variety of competitions and performances are organized on this day at the main parks of city such as Lake Gardens and Taman Tasik Titiwangsa.

Awal Muharram (Muslim New Year)

It is the beginning of the Muslim New Year. First day of Muharram is also known as Maal Hijrah, the day to remember the Prophet Muhammad’s journey from Mecca to Medina in 622AD. Muslims celebrate Awal Muharram by attending religious meeting and others activities such as Nasyid performances.

Hari Raya Haji (Aidil Adha)

It is celebrated on the 10th day of Zulhijjah, the 12th month of the Muslim calendar. The festival marks the close of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. The day begins with prayers in mosques and is followed by the offering of cattle or goats to the needy after the prayers.

Hari Raya Aidil Fitri (Hari Raya Puasa)

It is one of the most important festivals in malaysia celebrated by Muslims. Hari Raya Aidil Fitri or Hari Raya Puasa marks the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting from sunrise to sunset, and the first of Syawal, the tenth month of the Muslim calendar.

Chinese New Year

It is one of the most popular festivals of Malaysia. It is being celebrated for 15 days. Chinese New Year usually starts from first day of Chinese lunar calendar. It is one of the most joyous occasions, as it marks the union of family members. This festival is also marked with traditional lion dance.

Mooncake Festival

The Mooncake Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival also known here as Tang Lung Festival. Chinese celeberate it on the 15th day of the Chinese eighth month. It is celebrated to signify the end of the harvest season. Mid-Autumn Festival is associated with paper lanterns, it is also called the Lantern Festival.

Mooncake Festival Courtesy Tourism Malaysia Office Kuala Lumpur


 Christmas celebrations by Malaysians are similar to those in any other part of the world, to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The revelry and yuletide spirit of Christmas is enjoyed by both Christians and non-Christians and it is another Malaysia attractions.


Deepavali is celebrated by Hindus to commemorate the triumph of good over evil . Deepavali also known as the Festival of Lights,. On Deepavali day, Hindus rise early to have an oil bath. Then they put on their new clothes and go to temples to pray.


Thaipusam festival falling in late January or early February as determined by the Hindu calendar, Thaipusam is a celebration of the birthday of Lord Subramaniam, also known as Lord Muruga. Thaipusam is one of the most attracted festivals in Malaysia as it celebrated on a big scale in Batu Cave in the states of Selangor. Others place such as Pulau Pinang, Negeri Sembilan, Johor and Perak.

Wesak Day

Wesak Day marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. Activities at Buddhist temples on Wesak Day normally comprises a "bathing the Buddha" ceremony; the chanting of sutras; the lighting of fragrant joss-sticks, oil, lamps, and candles; the offering of incense and flowers, the release of pigeons, and the ordination of monks. Falling normally in May.

Gawai Dayak

Gawai Dayak is a harvest festival celebrated by the state's indigenous people, particularly the Ibans and Bidayuhs, in their traditional costumes. Ceremonial offerings of various local traditional delicacies and 'tuak' the home-made rice wine are made to the gods of rice and prosperity. This unique festivity is a 'must-see' occasion for local and foreign tourists alike.

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