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Top 6 Colourful festivals in Malaysia - For the culture bombs!

Asia is well famous for its culture and history. Where better to experience it than in Malaysia itself? Here are some of the festivals that are held in Malaysia throughout the year that you can check out.


Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year celebrations in Malaysia is one of the most revered events in the calendar. During this festival, you will be able to see dragon dances, lion dances and so much more. People will dress in very colourful costumes and perform ritualistic dances that attract luck and expel evil. The shops are all ornate in colourful decorations making it a brilliant spectacle. Make sure to book accommodation close to city centres to have the ultimate experience. For instance, you can check out rooms at Georgetown City offered by brands like Berjaya Hotels and Resorts.



This festival falls in May and is the day that celebrates Lord Buddha's birthday. The Buddhists in the country usually go to temples and attend services and you can be a part of it too. This is one of the most significant celebrations and you can see the role it plays in peoples' lives during this time of the year. There are many decorations and activities that take place so make sure to be a part of it.


Kaamatan Harvest Festival

This is an age-old celebration that honours a successful harvest. This is the tradition that goes back centuries but today offers an opportunity to have parties with lots of fun. The festive food that is absolutely exquisite and there is live music too! The public celebrations comprise of dancing, costumes, sharing sweets and so much more!



This is one of the biggest celebrations in the Islamic world and falls on a particular day every year. People often head out to the mosque to offer morning prayers and then head home to celebrate. There are many activities, festive food stalls and competitions that take place during this time of the year which you can be a part of!


Rainforest World Music Festival

This festival usually falls during mid-July and started in 1998 where musicians from all around the world come here to take part in a three-day event. This festival has world recognition and as a result, attracts many foreigners to take part and enjoy the performances. There are many genres of music played including modern styles with traditional ones and hypnotic fusion sounds too. There are workshops held where you can learn a thing or two as well.



This is known as the Festival of lights and is one of the most colourful celebrations in Malaysia. This festival is celebrated by the local Hindus and there are many public events that take place which invites people from all races and religions to be a part of. You can try out Indian food and enjoy the celebrations.

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