Mooncake Festival

Tourism Malaysia: Top 7 in September

Mid-Autum Festival
When: George Town, Penang
Where: Sept 15

Also known as the Lantern or Mooncake Festival, this is a very popular celebration in East Asia. Traditionally, it was a harvest festival. Nowadays, Penang transforms itself into a magical place of colours and lights. Lions and dragons dance on the street and people eat the traditional Mooncake sweets. The lantern parades, like the “River of Lights” in George Town, are enchanting. Discover the Wushu competitions and have fun at the Pesta Tanglung Carnival. Every corner in the city will be a party!

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When: Johor Bahru
Where: Sept 1 – 30

All the culture and arts you can imagine in one month! The whole family will enjoy this event. Music, theatre, dance or comedy, contemporary or traditional: there is a performance for every taste and age. Professionals can learn and enjoy in one of the many workshops. Browse the programme and book a seat for your favourite spectacle!

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Songket Weaving
ASEAN Songket Weaving Exhibition
When: Sept 15 – Dec 31
Where: National Textile Museum, Kuala Lumpur

Arts and crafts lovers will enjoy this exhibition on the production and art of songket. This typical brocade textile is wide spread around Malaysia, Borneo and Indonesia. It consists of gold or silver thread patterned on silk or cotton. It can be a good opportunity to discover the National Textile Museum in Kuala Lumpur, a jewel of a museum in the heart of the city. A beautiful explosion of colours and fabrics.

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Borneo Safari Black Backed Kingfisher
Borneo Bird Festival 
When: Sept 15 -17
Where: Rainforest Discovery Center, Sandakan, Sabah

The island of Borneo is home for 688 bird species, four of them are not found anywhere else in the world. Nature lovers and bird enthusiasts will descend on Sandakan in Sabah to spot these marvellous creatures. Visitors can take part in the Bird Race or in the photo contest. Just enjoying the colourful feathers and humming of the birds is also an option. For something slightly different check out the the best bird imitators in the Bird Mimic Contest.

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Festival Permainan Rakyat Traditional Games Festival
When: Sept 17 – 18
Where: Titiwangsa Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur

In the times of internet and video games, this festival is a breath of fresh air and a beautiful way to spend the weekend. Children and grown-ups will enjoy this opportunity to discover traditional Malaysian games like the Congkak or Batu Seremban which were played by their grandparents. One of the most entertaining ways to discover the local culture and heritage.

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Sarawak Borneo Bintulu International Kites Festival
Borneo International Kite Festival (BIKF)
When: Sept 19 – 27
Where: Old Airport, Bintulu, Sarawak

Malaysians love their kites! This festival has taken place since 2005 and focuses on the creativity and performance of this beautiful art. Visitors can gaze at the most stunning kites entered in the Kite Championship. The Kite Festival is a good moment to discover the traditional Malaysian kites, known as Wau. The old airport of Bintulu, a former fishing village in Sarawak, is the perfect location for this exhibition where land meets sky.

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KL Tower International Jump Malaysia
When: Sept 30 – Oct 3
Where: KL Tower, Kuala Lumpur

More than 100 extreme sports enthusiast will gather to jump from the city’s iconic landmark. BASE jumpers will make a three second free fall before opening their parachutes. A breathtaking and beautiful spectacle full of adrenaline and amazing views of the city.

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The Mooncake Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival in Malaysia

The Mooncake Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival in Malaysia

The Mooncake Festival in Kuala Lumpur is hold in September, a eighth month of a year. Now before we cruise I’ve been eating too most mooncake or jubilee too most moonshine, let me tell we why.

It’s simple. The Chinese New Year starts in Feb so Sep is not indeed a ninth month on a Malaysian timetable. But whatever your calendar is, it’s a gorgeous spectacle, generally during night when a city lights are complemented by a charming paper lanterns of all shapes, sizes and colours displayed outward homes and shops or in travel parades.

Incense coils are a common steer around Malaysia utterly in districts such as Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown. Pic: Joanne Lane

Incense coils are a common steer around Malaysia utterly in districts such as Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown. Pic: Joanne Lane

The festival is distinguished to weigh a finish of a harvesting deteriorate yet it also celebrates a overpower of a Mongol warlords in ancient China. Here we’ll have to take behind in time to 1280 AD to explain. This is when a Mongols overthrew a Soong dynasty in China and imposed a Yuan dynasty in China.

Why is this critical in Malaysia we might good ask? Well there are a lot of Chinese in Malaysia and until utterly recently they were a largest racial group. Even yet they aren’t any more, that honour belongs to a Malays themselves, Chinese festivals are distinguished with gusto. In fact in multi-ethnic Malaysia festivals of all traditions are distinguished including those of Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist and Christian origins.

Today lanterns form a large partial of a celebration, as they are to remind a people of a time they used lanterns as their usually source of light. Kids in sold adore this aspect of a festival and are mostly seen roaming around with lanterns in a figure of animals. In Malaysia this sold eventuality is mostly called a Lantern Parade. There are also lantern parades during a Chinese New Year celebrations, so if we see any such march advertised only cruise what time of year it is. If it’s around Feb it’s Chinese New Year, if not it could good be partial of a Mooncake or Mid-Autumn Festival.

One of a best displays of Mooncake Festival lanterns is a Thean Hou Temple on Robson Hill. In 2011 a lantern march was hold during Central Market in Chinatown.

The best bit about a festival is of march what we get to eat. The turn mooncakes are honeyed or delectable and mostly given by younger Chinese to their seniors as an try to benefit favour. Eating mooncakes in a marketplace place is a delight; satirical by crunchy fritter into red beans, ham or tawny egg yolk. Some are also honeyed with chocolate and cinnamon flavours. Others have a clearly Malaysian turn with pandan leaves and durian inside – eek some of we will no doubt say!

Mooncakes. Pic: misbehave (Moon Cakes  Uploaded by Atlaslin)

Mooncakes. Pic: misbehave (Moon Cakes Uploaded by Atlaslin)

The best place to eat them in Kuala Lumpar is Jalan Petaling in Chinatown where eateries arrangement them in brightly phony boxes.

While we might not be astounded that mooncakes are round, their figure represents a togetherness of a family to a Chinese. So in Malaysia a Chinese applaud a festival with family gatherings and prayers.

There’s some tradition to this. In Chinese Halika and Foochow families a oldest women lead a prayers during a impulse when a full moon appears. Before we eat a mooncake they are initial offering on altars to deities with a prevalent lighting of joss sticks, red candles and a blazing of golden joss paper. Thirty mins after a eating begins.

Another Chinese festival that is really renouned around Malaysia is a Festival of a Hungry Ghost.

If we skip a Mooncake Festival this year, Malaysia has a resources of open holidays and special holidays. There are 44 open holidays any year mostly formed on a Muslim calendar or a Hindu and Chinese calendars.

Guandi Temple in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur. Pic: Joanne Lane.

Guandi Temple in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur. Pic: Joanne Lane.

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