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Festivals in Malaysia ••
Malaysia festivals and events













January :
Hari Raya Aidilfitri Open House 6 January Celebrated by Muslims on the first day of the month of Syawal, this is the most joyous of Muslims celebrations. Marking the end of Ramadhan, the fasting month, Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Hari Raya Puasa is the time for family reunions. Special prayers are held in mosque throughout the country and families visit graves of departed members to offer special prayers. Open house is held by His Majesty, the King of Malaysia and government leaders for the public at large as well as by the Muslim community for friends and relatives.While other states leaders held its open house on the following dates : i) Penang on January 6, 2001 at Kampung Seronok, Bayan Lepas

February :
Thaipusam 7 February The Thaipusam celebration is one of Malaysia’s many festivals - symbolising the multi ethnicity of the country. This year, Thaipusam (celebrated on the 10th month of the Hindu calender) falls on the 7th of February. Hindu devotees will flock the well-known Batu Caves in Selangor for this day of penance and thanksgiving. And every year, tourists too will not miss this opportunity to witness the procession of Kavadis and other traditions related to Thaipusam.

March :
Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival 3 March - 1 April The third leg of the nationwide shopping extravaganza featuring local and international products at very competitive prices. Highlights of the carnival include a Made in Malaysia Exhibition and the Malaysian Fashion Week, where local designers,display their latest creations. Many shopping malls also host midnight sales and specialist stores offer excellent promotions in gold, jewellery, watches and cameras. Every state has its own celebrations bringing out the best of the state's traditional art, culture, food and festive attire. Theme: Fabric and Craft of Malaysia.

April :
Matta International Travel Fair 6 April - 8 April With MITF 2000 in the Malaysia Book of Records as the biggest travel fair ever recording more than 68,000 visitors, 500 travel booths and 23 National Tourist Organisations from all over the world. It would be a waste if you miss this year MITF 2001... Infinity, a 3 days captive market which is worth more than RM45 million!

May :
Colours Of Malaysia 26 May - 24 June Malaysia celebrates the vibrant cultures, arts and traditions of its multi-ethnic population during this month long festival. One of the highlights of this distinctive celebration is a grand parade, themed “ Citrawarna Malaysia” or Colours of Malaysia. It is held in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city. The ethnic groups from various states of Malaysia proudly display their colourful and original traditional costumes in this parade. Traditional dance and music performances are held throughout the month at a variety of venues. Every state has its own celebration, bringing out the best of that state’s traditional art, culture, food and festive attire.

June :
Labuan International Sea Challenge 1 June - 3 June The Labuan Sea Challenge beckons watersports enthusiasts for the three exciting competitions held during this annual event. The Underwater Treasure Hunt, the Big Game Fishing Tournament and the Jetsport Challenge attract keen participation and spectators from around the globe. Inthe Underwater Treasure Hunt, divers must retrieve tokens that have been spread over the sites of four shipwrecks near Labuan and the surrounding reefs. Held over a 10-day period in May each year, the Labuan Sea Challenge offers fun, excitement and attractive prizes.




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