Local Festival And Attractions Activities
Penang's vibrant festivals are a colorful reflection of the State's multiculturalism. There are bountiful events waiting to be
experienced, from traditional festivals, street parades, cultural shows, walkabout heritage tours to fun weekend markets
and much more.
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
Chinese New Year is celebrated on the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar for 15 days. One of Penang's biggest festivals,
the celebration goes on for 15days straight, offering many auspicious cultural dances, colorful lion and dragon dances,
festive cuisine and cookies and the giving of 'red packets' to the young ones who are single.
HARI RAYA AIDILFITRI CELEBRATION
The Festival of the Breaking of Fast, called the Hari Raya Aidilfitri, is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims.
A merry celebration which marks the triumph and success on discipline and self-resistance which symbolizes
refinement and rebirth. The celebration where families reunite and enjoy delicious traditional delicacies,
cookies and candies.
Thaipusam is a temple festival celebrated by Hindus of the Tamil descent. Thaipusam derives from the meaning
"when the moon is at its brightest". It is the largest and most significant Hindu public display in Malaysia as the
celebration is all about faith, endurance and penance. Walk with the Hindu devotees in the procession and
give offerings to show appreciation to Lord Murugan and receive blessings.
ST. ANNE'S FESTIVAL
A 10-day prayer ritual that draws many believers from all walks of life. In conjunction with the annual
St. Anne's Feast, a candelight procession is usually conducted at the St. Anne's Church in Bukit Mertajam,
during the night.