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Local Festivals

Join in the festivities in Penang

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

Chinese New Year is celebrated on the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar. One of Penang's biggest festivals, the celebration goes on for 15 days straight, offering many auspicious cultural dances, colorful lion and dragon dances, festive cuisine and cookies and the giving of 'red packets' to young ones who are single.



Thaipusam is a temple festival celebrated by Hindus of Tamil descent. It is the largest and most significant Hindu public display in Malaysia, and is a celebration 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.

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Hari Raya Aidilfitri

Hari Raya Aidilfitri, also known as Eid al-Fitr, marks the end of the holy month of fasting observed by Muslims worldwide. It is a joyous occasion celebrated with prayers, feasting, and acts of charity. Muslims gather with family and friends, don traditional attire, and exchange greetings of 'Selamat Hari Raya' to convey well wishes for the festive season. The festival signifies gratitude for spiritual growth, forgiveness, and renewal of bonds within the community. It is a time of reflection, generosity, and joy as people come together to commemorate the end of Ramadan and express gratitude for blessings received.

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Deepavali, also known as Diwali, is the Hindu Festival of Lights celebrated by millions of people worldwide. It symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. During this auspicious occasion, homes and public spaces are adorned with colorful decorations, diyas (oil lamps), and rangoli (intricate patterns made from colored powders or rice). Families come together to pray, exchange gifts, and feast on delicious sweets and savory dishes. Deepavali is a time for renewal, gratitude, and the celebration of life's blessings, fostering unity and joy among communities.

Hari Raya Haji, also known as Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, is a significant Islamic holiday commemorating Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. Muslims worldwide observe this occasion by performing the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca or by sacrificing an animal, typically a sheep, goat, cow, or camel, symbolizing Ibrahim's sacrifice. The meat from the sacrificed animal is then distributed among family, friends, and those in need.

Hari Raya Haji emphasizes the values of faith, compassion, and sharing, encouraging Muslims to reflect on their devotion to God and their commitment to serving humanity

Experience the magic of George Town's UNESCO World Heritage Day, on the 7th of July, is a celebration of culture, history, and heritage. Wander through its quaint streets adorned with colonial architecture, indulge in traditional delicacies, and immerse yourself in vibrant cultural performances. Join us as we pay tribute to the rich tapestry of George Town's heritage and commemorate its UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Let the festivities transport you back in time and unveil the stories woven into the fabric of this charming city.

Celebrate Malaysia's National Day on August 31st, 2024, a time to honor the country's unity, diversity, and progress. Join us in commemorating this significant day with patriotic fervor and pride. From colorful parades to stirring flag-raising ceremonies, let us come together as Malaysians to cherish our shared heritage and achievements. As we reflect on our nation's journey, let us renew our commitment to building a brighter future for generations to come.

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival is a nine-day Taoist celebration celebrated primarily by Peranakans in Southeast Asian countries.



Immerse yourself in the vibrant festivities of Theppa Thiruvizha at Sri Singamuga Kaliamman Temple! This annual celebration honors the formidable goddess Singamuga Kaliamman, featuring a captivating procession on a beautifully adorned floating chariot.

Originating from the local fishing community, the festival has grown into a grand spectacle, drawing devotees worldwide.

Located at Singamuga Kaliamman Temple, Teluk Bahang



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.


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