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Fun and festivities in Malaysia - celebrations, festivals and cultural events

Petronas towers view from the sky bar The main things that define Malaysian culture are food, holidays, and festivals. Malays celebrate various holidays combining different nationalities, religions, and cultural traditions. The concept of "open house" is unique in Malaysia. Its essence lies in the fact that friends, families, and even strangers visiting the homes of those who celebrate or perform rituals during various cultural, religious folk festivals such as Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa, Deepavali, and Christmas. People come to enjoy the holiday prepared by their hosts and wish them well.
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Hindus celebrate Thaipusam in the tenth month of the Hindu lunar calendar. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mainly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month (January and February). The festival commemorates the birthday of Murugan (also Subramanyam), the youngest son of the God Shiva and his wife Parvati, and a mythological event: Parvati gave Murugan (the Tamil God of War) a spear so that he could defeat the evil demon Surupadman. The celebration is accompanied by some strange and violent Tamil rituals.
The lunar New Year highlights some of the most interesting aspects of Chinese traditions and rituals. It is mostly celebrated by the Chinese community in Malaysia. The event is usually known as the time of family reunions, the launch of firecrackers, the lion dance, the distribution and collection of "Ang Pao" (red bags with money in them). The festival, which once also marked the beginning of spring in China, begins on the first day of the lunar calendar year (the beginning of the new moon). It ends on the 15th day, known as the Chap Goh Meh. You can meet whole families on the streets. New Year’s menu is usually served in local restaurants. Copyright
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Eid al-Fitr is the most significant event for Muslims. It marks the end of the Holy month of Ramadan. The word "Hari Raya" means the day of celebration in Malay. This holiday is known as Hari Raya the Poisson or Hari Raya Aidilfitri. It is defined by the fact that the new moon is celebrated on the eve of a new month in the Muslim calendar. Muslim families gather together to honor the saints and pay tribute to their ancestors. Alcoholic beverages are not sold in most catering establishments. But this does not apply to tourist places and hotels where foreigners stay.
Melaka The celebration of unity is held in the Batu Caves. The Hindu community joins together to celebrate the event against the backdrop of the stunning Batu Caves. This is a phenomenal opportunity to feel the atmosphere and energy of the event. Travelers will be able to learn more about Muslim traditions during Ramadan. Morning prayers in mosques are accompanied by visits to the graves of family members. Muslims spend their evenings with friends and relatives. Eating is prohibited during daylight hours. Therefore, many traditional Malay delicacies are served at these evenings. This tradition attracts travelers from other countries. The main festive events last for three days after the end of Ramadan. The celebrations continue for a month after that. Local residents decorate and light government buildings and monuments.
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Vesak Day is celebrated by Buddhists in May. It marks three events in the life of the Buddha. Day of Vesak is celebrating Buddha's birthday, enlightenment, and achievement of Nirvana. Devotees gather in temples to meditate on the eight precepts. The "bathing of the Buddha" ceremony takes place after this. Donations, flower offerings, the release of doves, the ordination of monks, chanting, and prayer are important parts of the celebration of Vesak in temples. Processions are held in the streets at night. Tourists can learn more about Buddhist traditions by visiting ancient temples.
UNESCO Heritage Trail Gawai Dayak is celebrated in Sarawak on June 1. This is a form of giving thanks to the gods for a good harvest. It is celebrated by the Dayak people, the Sarvak community. Houses are carefully cleaned. Relatives visit and clean the graves of their ancestors. There are parties, games, processions, accompanied by singing, dancing, and drinking rice wine from tuak. Traditionally, the youngest member of the family offers dishes specially cooked for the parents during the family dinner. Cattle are sacrificed to ensure a good harvest in the next season. Tadau Kaamatan is another harvest celebration. It is celebrated by the Sabah, Kadazan, Dusun, and Marut tribes in May.
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Chinese families celebrate the Hungry Ghost Festival. It is believed that the spirits of the dead return from the lower world on this day. Chinese families prepare ritual dishes, burn incense, burn special ritual paper and various symbolic objects that their ancestors can use in the afterlife.
Mt Machinchang, Langkawi The Lantern & Mooncake festival or Tang Lung symbolizes a simple celebration of shared prosperity and peace. Malaysians mark the day by decorating homes with colorful lanterns and enjoying various types of Mooncakes, round pastries filled with salted egg yolk, coconut paste or sweet red bean paste. There are also lantern processions.
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Langkawi Sky Bridge

From the series “The World's Highest Observation Decks”
One of the main attractions of Malaysia and the greatest achievement of engineering is Langkawi Sky Bridge. This footbridge of incredibly beautiful curved shape is located on the island of Langkawi, in the Ganung mountains. It was designed to cross the chasm. Opening of the bridge took place in 2005; it instantly became popular among travelers. For almost 10 years, it has being used only as a lookout.

The bridge offers gorgeous panoramic view of Andaman Sea and lush tropical forests, as well as the secluded gorge. The bridge is located at an altitude of 700 meters above sea level; its length is 125 meters. In cloudy weather, this unusual observation deck is literally topped with thick clouds; that's why it has such an unusual name. It's certainly worth noting its unique engineering … Read all

Sarawak Bridge

From the series “The Most Dangerous Bridges in the World”
The Malaysian island of Borneo features the unique Sarawak Bridge owing its name to the nearby village. Bridge design is truly unique; it is completely built of bamboo, planks of which are attached by thin wires. Railings angled to the base of the bridge make it even more extreme. It’s also worth noting that the structure is quite fragile and can withstand no more than two adults at the same time.

When somebody steps on the bridge, it begins to wobble, but main dangers to people crossing the bridge are huge gaps between bamboo stalks. Holding on the so-called ‘railing’ is very uncomfortable, as it wasn’t meant for this, but to make the structure more balanced. One wrong step and you’ll get familiar with the emerald waters of the river passing under the bridge. It is noteworthy … Read all
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Attractions and entertainment in top cities of Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur
Central market attracts not only fans of shopping, but also gourmets. That’s because of several popular restaurants and cafes serving in this area. Those, who want to enjoy local delicacies, have to look into one of these gastronomic places. Many shopping complexes work exclusively at night; the Chow Kit Market begins serving visitors in the evening. Here visitors are offered to buy excellent leather, local textiles, crafts and beautiful tin utensils. The best place to explore is Chinatown; … Read more
Kota Kinabalu
One of the most attractive destinations among young people is Sabah Indoor Climbing Centre housed in a popular shopping mall. It would be interesting to spend time here for people of different ages, as the sports center creates excellent conditions for intense workouts. Fans of elite sports are strongly recommended to explore Sutera Harbour Golf Club located in an incredibly beautiful area near the coast. Surrounded by slender palm trees, golf courses look very attractive. In the immediate … Read more
Johor Bahru
The district of Danga Bay is a true paradise for fans of outdoor activities. Initially, this part of the city was intended to become a large park. In course of time, beautiful commercial centers, prestigious hotels, and shopping complexes appeared there. Nowadays, Danga Bay is home to many popular shops and restaurants, but there are still many charming parks ideal for relaxation. This part of the city is the location of another famous landmark - Danga World Petting Zoo. Without a doubt, … Read more
The island has one of the most beautiful aquariums in the world - Underwater World Langkawi. Visitors are offered a walk through a 15-meter tunnel to appreciate the diversity of deep sea inhabitants. Main features of the place are huge aquariums, inhabited by no less great representatives of the marine fauna. An excursion to Laman Padi Langkawi would also be interesting; there the so-called ‘rice farmstead’ is located. Participants will have an opportunity to walk around the grounds of … Read more
The island of Penang offers as well the Tropical Fruit Farm to visit. This unique place will charm its visitors from the first minutes of a trip. The park of incredible beauty with plenty of exotic fruits resembles a genuine paradise nook on the earth. The visitors have a chance to walk though the territory of the park and enjoy an interesting narration about peculiar features of local fruits. Tasting of exotic fruits is an essential part of the tour over the park which offers its guests to buy … Read more
Tanjung Bidar is a pretty busy and attractive beach. There are several great restaurants on its territory, so you can go sunbathing for all day long. Fans of eco-tourism and those who wish to combine a beach holiday with walks along picturesque places have to visit the island of Pulau Upeh. There is a unique reserve of turtles, as well as Upeh Island Resort. The scenic island will appeal to fans of sports entertainment, because there is one of the best golf centers here. We are talking about … Read more

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