Malaysia is a land of culture and festivals. Diverse ethnicities and religion leads to a number of Malaysian festivals throughout the year.
Chinese New Year includes include the famous Lion Dance and exclusive performances at temples and shopping malls. Places predominantly occupied by Chinese, turns extra vibrant before the New Year. Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur, is a must visit during the Chinese new year.
Thaipusam is a Hindu festival, attracting thousands of pilgrims to Batu Caves Temple. Various religious activities are carried out during this festival. One of the unique sight during this occasion is the piercing that devotes do all over their bodies, using hooks and skewers. Surprisingly, no blood shed happens due the piercing, as per the eye-witnesses.
Women in traditional attire during the festival
The traditional rice harvest celebration is the largest religious celebration in Sarawak state known as Gawai Day (Hari Gawai). It serves as a prelude to feasting, dancing, and tuak (rice wine) testing.
Mooncakes are served to guests and family members
Mooncake festival is also known as Lantern festival. This festival is celebrated by holding candle lantern processions and feasting on mooncakes. These cakes are also presented to relatives and friends as gifts. It basically celebrates the victory of Chinese peasants over Mongolian warlords.
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After fasting for one month during Ramadan, Muslims celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri. It is also the start of a month-long celebration, where families and friends visit each others house. Guests are offered with Malay cakes and cookies.
Deepavali, festival of Lights is celebrated by the Hindus. During this festival, Hindus decorate their houses with oil lamps and lights. It is a celebration of good triumphing over evil.
Hari Raya Haji celebrates the completion of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.
The small Eurasian Catholics in Melaka are known to throw great parties during Christmas. It is last festival of the year according to the Malaysian calendar. Christmas carols, reindeer, Santa Claus, and Christmas trees, all contribute to the last grand festival of the year.