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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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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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