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Major Religious and Cultural Festivals in Malaysia

 
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Malaysia has a number of festivals and celebrations, some of which are celebrated as public holidays, either nationwide or specific to a few states.

Most of these festivals are either religious or cultural in origin, and are swathed in traditions and rituals. However, like everything else in this culturally rich nation, the celebrations of religious or cultural festivals are influenced by the diversity of the people.

Hari Raya Aidilfitri

Hari Raya Puasa

Muslims celebrate the festival of Aidilfitri popularly known as Hari Raya Puasa to mark the culmination of Ramadhan, the holy month of fasting.

 

 

 

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

A time for family reunions, the lion dance, firecrackers, mahjong, mandarin oranges and giving/collecting ang pow, Chinese New Year (CNY) highlights some of the most fascinating aspects of Chinese tradition and rituals.

 

 

 

Deepavali

Deepavali

Commonly known as the Festival of Lights, the celebration of Deepavali (or Diwali) marks the triumph of good over evil, the victory of light over dark.

 

 

 

Christmas

Christmas

The observance of the birth of Jesus Christ on Dec 25 is celebrated in Malaysia like everywhere else in the world; it is a time for family and friends; hope and rejoicing; love and understanding; and giving and forgiving.

 

 

 

Hari Raya Puasa

Hari Raya Aidiladha

Apart from Aidilfitri, the festival most grandly celebrated by Muslims the world over is Aidiladha. In Malaysia, it is more commonly known as Hari Raya Korban or Hari Raya Haji and a public holiday is observed.

 

 

 

Thaipusam

Thaipusam

An annual Hindu festival which draws the largest gathering in multi-racial Malaysia nearly a million people yearly.

 

 

 

Latern Festival

Lantern Festival

In ancient times, people regarded the full moon as a symbol of reunion. The common folk and emperors worshipped and enjoyed viewing the moon.

 


 

         
 

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