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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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Wat Chayamangkalaram Thai Buddhist Temple

The Reclining Buddha is a steer to behold. ‘Reclining’ for about 33 meters in length, a large Buddha is also a gold-plated statue. The Reclining Buddha in this Wat Chayamangkalaram is deliberate to be a 14th biggest recumbent Buddha in a world.

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According to history, Queen Victoria has postulated a land for a Thai church to be built in 1845 and even until this day about over a hundred years later, a Thai church still attracts throngs of devotees and visitors alike, both internal and from abroad.

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With good fact in a architecture, a church and a recumbent Buddha within is really value a visit. The church opens from 6am to 5.30pm daily and a opening is giveaway though it is always good to present to minister to a maintain of a temple. There are also books for sale here where deduction will go towards a temple’s funds.

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This colorful Thai church is situated usually conflicting a Burmese Temple. As we set feet into a drift of Wat Chayamangkalaram, dual ‘guards’ of dual fabulous dragon-headed serpents on their feet hail and acquire we into a temple. Upon looking around a temple, we will see that a church drift have many shrines along with brightly colored statues of Devas as good as other fabulous creatures in Buddhism mythology.

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As we travel serve inside a pagoda, you’ll find a gold-plated statue of a Reclining Buddha and on walking behind a statue, we will see copiousness of urns containing a remains of devotees behind a statue. With a pacific and smiling face, this Buddha lies on his right side with his conduct resting in a palm of his right hand.

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The recumbent Buddha represents a chronological Buddha during his death. It is pronounced that a Buddha knew genocide was coming and asked his disciples to ready a cot for him in a grove. Having a singular mix of Chinese, Thai and Burmese architectural designs and was built in a 19th century and announced open in 1956 by Thai King Bhumipol Ayudayej, Wat Chayamangkalaram even has a 12 idols representing a animals in a Chinese zodiac. As a Reclining Buddha is simply a stately sight, we could take a design with a statue as visitors are given a accede for photography. Remember to take your boots off before entering a church and honour a monks who go about a church with their eremite duties.

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How to get to Wat Chayamangkalaram Thai Buddhist Temple

To get to a temple, there’s an easy RapidPG train float from a core of Georgetown. Be certain to take a one that’s streamer to Burma Road (bus series 103 should take we there). Every cab motorist knows a place, though it competence be formidable anticipating a motorist that agrees on regulating a meter. If we are exploring Penang by rental car, we can park it directly in front of a temple. When we leave a parking man comes to collect a few ringgits.

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Opening hours opening fees

The church is op daily between 6.00am and 5:30pm and a opening is free. The best time of a day to revisit a church is early in a morning before other tourists arrive. We had a illusory time during a temple, as we were roughly a usually ones there (around 7.30/8am). While we are there, we could also conduct to Dhammikarama, a Burmese church usually a stone’s chuck divided (directly conflicting a Thai Temple), for another sip of learning. During Buddhist festivals like Wesak Day (in May) it is generally engaging and fun to revisit both temples.

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Map of Thai Buddhist Temple

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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!

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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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Wesak Day Festival in Malaysia

Wesak Day Festival in Malaysia

Buddhist devotees offers incense sticks to Buddha during Wesak Day celebration at the Temple Mara Vihara, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Wesak Day commemorates the birth of Buddha, his attaining of Enlightenment and his passing away into Nirvana. Kamal Sellehuddin/The Star

Wesak Day falls in the month of May and is considered to be the most important festival for Buddhists in Malaysia. This day is celebrated in order to observe the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha which according to the Buddhists all three of the events took place on the same lunar date. Different countries celebrate Wesak Day on different days due to the difference in the local lunar observance.

When translated Buddha literally means ‘one who is awake and has become enlightened’. This particular term is used to describe a person that has obtained supreme wisdom as well as the compassion of Enlightenment. The concept of Enlightenment for Buddhists can be described as a blessed stated in which the individual attains Nirvana (transcendence of desire and suffering).

On this particular day the Malaysian Buddhist devotees will begin the celebrations usually even before dawn where they will gather at the temples. The Buddhists will then hoist the Buddhist flag and sing hymns in praise of the holy triple gem namely; The Buddha, The Dharma (his teachings) and The Sangha (his disciples). Simple offerings are also brought to the temple such as flowers while prayers using candles and joss-sticks are used.

Besides using them for prayers, these items are also significant in the Buddhist teaching as it teaches the devotees about the non-permanence of life. Like a flower that will wither in due time or candles that will eventually burn out so is that of life which is subjected to destruction and decay. Before the actual day of the celebration the devout Buddhists will eat a vegetarian diet so that they will be cleansed and purified.

Wesak Day is also where you will see many of the Malaysian Buddhist devotees releasing animals such as doves and tortoises. This act is seen as a symbolic gesture of one releasing the soul and giving up for the sins that they have made in the past. Besides that, this particular act is also seen as a way of giving freedom for those that are held against their will or being tortured.

Other significance of celebrating Wesak Day is to make special efforts to bring happiness to those that are less fortunate such as the elderly and the sick. In an effort to bring joy and happiness the Malaysian Buddhists will conduct various charitable activities such as donating money and take the time out to visit orphanages and old folks home and helping out wherever they can.

The statue of the baby Buddha is displayed by some temples and it is usually located in front of the altar. The statue is then placed in a basin filled with water and decorated with flowers where the devotees are allowed to pour water over the statue. The act of pouring water over the statue is seen as a symbolic act of the practitioners of cleansing their bad karma. The other significance of pouring water over the statue is to re-enact the event following Buddha’s birth, when the devas and spirits made heavenly offerings to him.

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