Malaysia’s diversity not only influences the cuisine and language, but also the festivals and events that are sprinkled across the yearly calendar. From the culturally-significant Chinese New Year in January or February, to the awesome spectacle that is the F1 Grand Prix, the list of magnificent Malaysian holidays is simply awesome.
Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year celebrations in Malaysia are huge since a huge population of Chinese reside here. The event is held at the end of January or beginning of February, and generally lasts for about two weeks. Chinese cuisine, dragon dances, and other performances are held in the major shopping malls and community squares throughout the region.
Held at the end of January, beginning of February, the Thaipusam festival is a must-see that happens every year. A Hindu celebration, amazing acts of religious devotion are expressed by impaling oneself with hooks and spears. The event is primarily held at the Batu Caves temple to the north of Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix
Attracting thousands of spectators to Kuala Lumpur every March, the Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix is one of the best races on the world circuit. The event is held at the Sepang International Circuit to the south of the capital.
Malaysia Water Festival
The Malaysia Water Festival is the perfect time to cool off from the intense heat and humidy of the country. Labuan is the host every April, which sees a plethora of water activities in the spotlight. Jet-ski races, canoeing, kayaking, parasailing, fishing and thrilling boat rides are the main attractions during this exciting weekend.
Borneo International Jazz Festival
The Borneo International Jazz Festival draws thousands of spectators to the Miri Resort City in May with some of the world’s best jazz talents. Around 7,000 visitors flock to this small city for the event annually, which is often tagged as the best musical celebration on Malaysia’s calendar.
Malacca River Fiesta
The month-long, June festivities of the Malacca River Fiesta include everything from river markets to dance shows, performances and fireworks displays. Malacca gets reasonably busy during this period, so book your hotel well in advance.
The famous Diwali Festival is celebrated in many Hindu countries as an annual ‘Festival of Lights.’ Even though the event is mainly celebrated within families, there is still plenty to see and do around the streets of Malaysian cities like Kuala Lumpur and Malacca.