Malaysia Festivals & Events

Malaysia Information

Home to a variety of ethnic groups and religions, you would be really unlucky if your trip to Malaysia does not coincide with some sort of religious or secular festival. Most of the religious celebrations here are exuberant, family-oriented affairs (Hari Raya, Chinese New Year, Deepavali, Christmas etc.) but you will also come across some pretty sombre ones i.e. Thaipusam. The best places for large-scale productions of these events are the bigger cities – Kuala Lumpur is undoubtedly the best. Since the timing of most of these festivals is an art than a science (dates are determined according to lunar calendars), if you are keen on seeing them in full swing, check out the dates given in each page of the listed festivals below before you book your trip.

Chinese New Year in Malaysia Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is one of Malaysia’s biggest holidays. Though the date changes each year, the way the festival is celebrated remains the same: families have reunion dinners and some people have huge feasts with lion or dragon dances. Read More...

1Malaysia GP Sale 1Malaysia GP Sale

1Malaysia GP Sale is the preceding event to the F1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix. A shopping fest designed to attract tourists to the country, long before and after the Grand Prix Race, it takes place from 10th March to 15th April. Read More...

Le Tour De Langkawi Le Tour De Langkawi

Le Tour De Langkawi is an annual countrywide cycling competition that starts out in Langkawi. Asia’s biggest bicycle race, it began in 1996 and is part of the Union Cycliste Internationale Asia Tour. Taking cyclists to several states within Malaysia, the race ends with 12 laps around Dataran Merdeka. Read More...

Malaysia St. Patrick’s Day Malaysia St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day maybe a celebration of Irish design and roots, but that does not mean that Malaysians do not wholeheartedly embrace it. Come March every year, bars and clubs around Kuala Lumpur are festooned in green, with shamrocks, plenty of pints of Guinness and a good time to be had by all. Read More...

Pasir Gudang World Kite Festival Pasir Gudang World Kite Festival

Pasir Gudang World Kite Festival may not receive as much international media coverage as other Malaysian festivals but the six day event does attract a lot of local attention.  Read More...

Port Dickson Raptor Watch Port Dickson Raptor Watch

Raptor Watch may sound like it celebrates prehistoric creatures like the T-Rex or Brontosaurus Rex, but it is actually an annual bird-watching event in Tanjung Tuan, Port Dickson. Read More...

Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta International Balloon Fiesta

Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is a Kuala Lumpur event that really makes you sit up and take notice. After all how often do you get the chance to see gigantic hot air balloons floating over Putrajaya Lake? Needless to say, great travel photos will be just a click away. Read More...

Regatta Lepa Semporna Regatta Lepa Semporna

Regatta Lepa Semporna is a Sea Gypsy festival showcasing traditional, colourful and ornamental Lepa Lepa boats. This year marks the event’s 19th run. Besides the sailboat competition, the two-day festival also includes water-based games such a kayak race, tug-of-war and boat race. Read More...

Thaipusam in Malaysia Thaipusam in Malaysia

Thaipusam is an annual festival that occurs in the Hindu month of Thai (January/ February). A day of penance and thanksgiving, it is a wild celebration with devotees paying homage to Lord Subramaniam by piercing their bodies, cheeks and tongues with sharp skewers and hooks weighted down with oranges. Read More...


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