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BEST LONG WEEKENDS IN MALAYSIA 2019

 

With 2019 just around the corner, travel enthusiasts have started making their plans for their next holiday in Malaysia.  We have made a list of all the long weekends in 2019 so that you can make your dream vacation a reality. Did you know that you can enjoy about 14 long weekends in Malaysia with just 11 days of leave? Too awesome to be true? Get ready with your calendars!

Here’s a list of all the official national public holidays in 2019:

New Year’s Day: 1 January (Tuesday)

Thaipusam: 21 January (Monday)

Federal Territory Day: 1 February (Friday)

Chinese New Year: 5 – 6 February (Tuesday Wednesday)

Labour Day: 1 May (Wednesday)

Wesak Day: 19 – 20 May (Sunday Monday)

Nuzul Quran: 22 May (Wednesday)

Hari Raya Puasa: 5 – 6 June (Wednesday Thursday)

Hari Raya Haji: 11 – 12 August (Sunday Monday)

National Day Awal Muharram: 31 August – 2 September (Saturday, Sunday Monday)

Malaysia Day: 16 September (Monday)

Deepavali: 27 October (Sunday)

Christmas: 25 December (Wednesday)

These are long weekends:

Thaipusam: 19 – 21 January (Saturday, Sunday Monday)

Federal Territory Day: 1 – 3 February (Friday, Saturday Sunday)

Wesak Day: 18 – 20 May (Saturday, Sunday and Monday)

Malaysia Day: 14 – 16 September (Saturday, Sunday Monday)

The total of 4 long weekends throughout this year seems stressful, but we have got a way to increase the number, and it only takes 11 days of vacation leave to grant you another 8 long weekends!

When to take leave:

1 Day Leave on 31 January (Monday) – 29 – 1 February (Saturday – Tuesday) = 4 days

1 Day Leave on 4 February (Monday) – 3 – 6 February (Sunday – Wednesday) = 4 days

2 Days Leave on 2 3 May (Thursday Friday) – 1 – 5 May (Wednesday – Sunday) = 5 days

2 Days Leave on 23 24 May (Thursday Friday) – 22 – 26 May (Wednesday – Sunday) = 5 days

1 Day Leave on 7 June (Friday) – 5 – 9 June (Wednesday – Sunday) = 5 days

1 Day Leave on 9 August (Friday) – 9 – 12 August (Friday – Monday) = 4 days

1 Day Leave on 30 August (Friday) – 30 August – 2 September (Friday – Monday) = 4 days

2 Days Leave on 26 27 December (Thursday Friday) – 25 – 29 December (Wednesday – Sunday) = 5 days

Here are the 12 long weekends that you will get after taking that 11-days leaves:

29 Jan – 1 Feb

19 – 21 Jan

1 – 3 Feb

3 – 6 Feb

1 – 5 May

18 – 20 May

22 – 26 May

5 – 9 Jun

9 – 12 Aug

30 Aug – 2 Sep

14 – 16 Sep

25 – 29 Dec

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Festivals and celebrations in Malaysia

Malaysia has a series of festivals and celebrations,  many of that are possibly eremite or informative in origin, and are swathed in traditions and rituals.

Malaysia. A nation where one can knowledge a crowd of informative celebrations and festivals, as good as, and many importantly, good food(!) all year round.

Almost each month of a year, tourists and locals comparison douse themselves in one jubilee or another, interjection to a different informative practices we have.

To assistance a unfamiliar friends have a improved overview of a festivities to demeanour brazen to when visiting Malaysia, and also for a advantage of locals, here is a list of a monthly informative celebrations and festivities Malaysia has to offer.

(Note: Some celebrations might change from year to year as they are formed on lunar calendars.)

Thousands group to Batu Caves to attend in a Thaipusam Festival.

January

Thaipusam
Celebrated by a Tamil community, a phenomenon of Thaipusam is best witnessed during Batu Caves in Selangor, or in Penang. The jaw-dropping steer of devotees carrying ornately flashy frames, improved famous as kavadis, would stay with we prolonged after you’ve gifted it; this singular festival is a steer to behold.

February

Chinese New Year
Celebrated worldwide by a Chinese to symbol a initial day of a New Year in a Chinese lunar calendar, a celebrations final for 15 days. Expect fireworks, lion dances, a inflection of a colour red, and open houses with delicious Chinese meals!

Chap Goh Mei, or a 15th night of Chinese New Year, symbolises a finish of a festival. To applaud a Chinese chronicle of Valentine’s Day, immature women print messages or well-wishes on oranges and chuck them into lakes or ponds.

April

Good Friday
Held in churches to symbol a “saddest day” in a Christian calendar, it is distinguished in observance of Christs’ Passion, crucifixation and death. On a Sunday that follows Good Friday, Easter Sunday is distinguished to commemorate a rebirth of Christ.

Malaysia Water Festival
A nation with healthy settings of lakes, beaches, seas, Malaysia hosts this eventuality annually with a accumulation of water-based sports. Activities such as kayaking, fishing, and cross-channel swimming promises a whole bucket of adrenaline-pumping time!

May

Wesak Day
Celebrated by Buddhists to compensate loyalty to Buddha and to symbol a 3 poignant events in Buddha’s life (his birthday, enlightenment, and feat of Nirvana) a festival starts with imagining and prayers. Donations are done to a bad and needy.

Harvest Festival
Known to Sabahans as Pesta Ka’amatan, it is a invocation festival to applaud a rice harvest. The festivities embody normal sports such as a buffalo race, a best tapai (rice wine) competition, and a “Unduk Ngadau” or Ka’amatan Queen Competition.

June

Hari Gawai
The Gawai Dayak is distinguished in Sarawak to symbol a finish of a paddy harvesting season. It also outlines a commencement of a new planting season, and activities such as dancing, singing, and a substantial volume of jubilee tuak (rice wine) take place in a longhouses.

Dragon Boat Festival
Known also as a Chang Festival or Duanwu Festival, it commemorates a loyalist and producer in China named Qu Yuan. The best place to declare a celebrations is in Penang, where a annual Penang International Dragon Boat Festival takes place on a grand scale.

Rowers going all out during a annual dragon vessel foe in Penang.

July

Rainforest World Music Festival
Held in a drift of a Sarawak Cultural Village, a annual three-day song festival is quick apropos a largest low-pitched eventuality in Malaysia. It celebrates a farrago of universe music, while during a same time highlighting a use of normal acoustic universe instruments.

August

Independence Day
Commemorating a autonomy of a Federation of Malaya from a British in 1957, Aug 31 binds a special place in a hearts of all Malaysians. The biggest jubilee of a eventuality takes place annually during Merdeka Square, or some-more ordinarily famous as Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur.

Hari Raya Aidilfitri
Also famous as Hari Raya Puasa, it outlines a perfection of Ramadhan, during that Muslims a universe over quick for a whole month. Traditional Malay food such as rendang, ketupat, and lemang is served. This is also a time to pardon and forget past quarrels, where family members ask for redemption from friends and family members.

Hungry Ghost Festival
Observed among a Chinese, a festival commemorates a opening of hell’s gates for a spirits from a reduce area to ramble openly for a month. Things to note during a festival are a incomparable than life papier-mache total and performances of Chinese show and Ko-Tai (energetic singing and dancing with performers in festive costumes).

September

Malaysia Day
Sep 16 commemorates a investiture of a Malaysian association in 1963, with a fasten of Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Singapore to form Malaysia.

Mid-Autumn Festival
Fondly famous as a Tanglung (Lantern) Festival or a Mooncake Festival, it is distinguished by a Chinese to symbol a finish of a harvesting season. Mooncakes are a contingency as it also commemorates Chang Er, a moon goddess.

Father and daughter inspecting a unresolved Tanglungs (Lanterns).

October

Hari Raya Haji
To commemorate a Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha, a arise is noted many significantly by a end of a annual Haj (pilgrimage to a holy city of Mecca). Sacrificial-slaughtering, or korban, takes place in mosques, and a beef is distributed to a bad and needy.

November

Deepavali
Also ordinarily referred to as Diwali or Festival of Lights, a festival is poignant to all Hindus as it symbolises a delight of good over evil. Oil lamps are illuminated to sentinel off dark and evil, and like each other vital informative festivals in Malaysia, open houses are held.

December

Christmas
A eremite festival to symbol a birth of Jesus Christ for Christians, Christmas in Malaysia is distinguished like everywhere else in a world. However, Christmas is also noticed as a concept jubilee by many, one that that carries a physical rather than eremite meaning. Even but a normal “white Christmas”, a celebrations lift on with a kaleidoscope of lights, unconstrained Christmas displays, and crazy selling deals for all!

Kaamatan

Pesta Kaamatan

Oil Lamp or Vilakku

Deepavali – The Festival of Lights

Miss World Malaysia 2009 Thanuja Ananthan

Colours of Deepavali [PIC]

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Hari Raya Haji in Malaysia

Many, generally a non-Muslims, consternation what accurately Hari Raya Haji is, because there are dual Hari Rayas and because Hari Raya Haji is critical adequate to be distinguished as a open holiday. If we are in a dim or have always wondered though not worried adequate to Google why, review on for a ‘crash course’ on Hari Raya Haji (also famous as Hari Raya Aidiladha).

Traditionally, any Muslim who does not have any financial or earthy constraints is compulsory to make a outing during slightest once in their lifetime to a holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for a haj eventuality event. After a pilgrimage, a pretension of ‘haji’ will be given to a group and ‘hajjah’ to a women. The day Hari Raya Haji is distinguished outlines a finish of a pilgrimage, indicating that Hari Raya Haji is indeed a festival and a day to applaud those who have visited a holy city and finished their pilgrimage.

Hari Raya Haji 1

During a Haj period, tens of thousands of Muslims overflow a holy city of Mecca to perform specific rituals, one of that is walking counter-clockwise 7 times around a Ka’abah, that is a cube-shaped structure lonesome with a black cloth that symbolizes a Muslim request direction. Devotees also lick a black mill during a dilemma of Ka’abah, pierce behind and onward between Al-Safe and Al-Marway, splash from a Zam Zam well, mount during Mount Arafar, chuck stones, trim their heads and lastly, scapegoat an animal before final a rituals of Hari Raya Haji.

The scapegoat slaughtering doesn’t usually take place in Mecca though during roughly each mosque in a country. The scapegoat typically takes place during around 11a.m. until noon. The scapegoat of an animal is finished to honour Prophet Ibrahim’s eagerness to scapegoat his son, Ismail, as a pointer of honour to a God. The child’s life was spared during a really final impulse when God took Ismail’s place and gave.

Hari Raya Haji 2

Korban (“slaughter”) will usually be achieved by a masculine devotee. Usually, cows will be slaughtered though during times, goats are sacrificed as well. Individuals or families who can means to minister an animal will squeeze one and present it to a mosque; during times even a state supervision contributes too. To minimize a pang of a animal, a slaughtering routine is finished swiftly. A request is done during a sacrifice; it is believed that toxins will be separated from a animal on show of a prayers. A apportionment of a beef is kept for a family while a others are distributed to a internal community, generally to those in need.

While Hari Raya Aidilfitri is distinguished on a grander scale with new clothes, cookies and delicacies, Hari Raya Haji is a quieter event distinguished to commemorate a sacrifices done by a prophet.

Below a Hari Raya Haji dates for a subsequent few years:

26 October, 2012
15 October, 2013
05 October, 2014
24 September, 2015
13 September, 2016
2 September, 2017
22 August, 2018
12 August, 2019
31 July, 2020

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SELAMAT HARI RAYA HAJI

22nd.October 2012

In a few days time, all Muslims around the world will celebrate the auspicious day of Eid or Hari Raya Haji. Millions will commemorate this day with sacrifices and prayers in mosques around the world.

May we take this opportunity to wish all Muslims “Selamat Hari Raya Haji” on this auspicious day.

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