List Of Festivals In Malaysia

Malaysia is a land of culture and festivals. Diverse ethnicities and religion leads to a number of Malaysian festivals throughout the year.


Malaysian Festivals List

Chinese New Year

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Dragons are believed to bring good luck to people

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 festival

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.

Gawai Day

Gawai Day

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.

Mooncake Festival

Mooncake festival

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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Hari Raya Aidilfitri

Hari Raya Aidilfitri

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

Hari raya Haji festival

Hari Raya Haji celebrates the completion of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.



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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.

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