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Festivals and Holidays

Other than national festivals such as Merdeka (Independence Day), the Agong’s Birthday and others, each ethnic group have their own notable events and festivals. A multicultural, multiethnic and multi-religious population means that a wide variety of fascinating and exciting festivals (both ethnic and religious) are organized in Malaysia throughout the year.


Due to the large population of Malay and Muslims in Malaysia, Islamic festivals are widely celebrated in the country, such as the Hari Raya Aidilfitri (known also as Eid al-Fitr), Awal Murharram (Islamic New Year), Maulidur Rasul (birthday of Prophet Muhammad) and others. Chinese festivals such as the Chinese New Year and the Indian Deepavali are also widely celebrated.


Other notable celebrations by many different ethnic groups in Malaysia include the Mid-Autumn Festival, Christmas, Thaipusam, Gawai, Kaamantan and many more.


When festivals coincide, Malaysians are encouraged to celebrate together. This has led to terms coined such as Kongsi Raya (when Chinese New Year and Hari Raya coincide) or Deepa Raya (when Deepavali and Hari Raya happen during the same time).

Bat Exodus from Deer Cave, Mulu Sarawak

Thaipusam Celebration

Regatta Lepa-Lepa

Pongal Celebration


Hari Kemerdekaan

George Town Festival

Petaling Street Lunar Year Festival

Bai Tian Gon