Malaysia’s Top Festivals In 2020 (Part 2)

Rainforest World Music Festival (July)

You might have heard of this since it’s one of the most spectacular music festivals in Southeast Asia. Following the beat of excitement from foot-stomping music in the rainforests of Borneo, thousands of music enthusiasts from across the world witness live performances on this music festival.

International artists performing at 2019 Rainforest World Music Festival.

From popular international and local artists, the Rainforest Music Festival is a haven for concert geeks. This 3-day musical extravaganza is considered as one of Malaysia’s best festivals in 2020.

National Day (August)

Every 31st of August, Malaysia celebrates its Independence from British occupancy in 1957. This is commemorated by having awesome fireworks on the eve of Independence Day, a grand parade at Merdeka Square in the morning, and concerts or performances throughout the day and stage show across Malaysia.

Malaysian Flags are waved in the Independence Day Grand Parade.

Mooncake Festival (August/September)

The renowned Lantern Festival is celebrated in line with the ancient tradition of giving thanks to the moon goddess for a bountiful harvest. A procession of colorful lanterns and delicious mooncakes are a few of the main highlights of this festival.

Mooncake festival over Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

A display of unity with the community and family. This festival was believed to be based on the legend of Change and Hou Yi’s love story.

Hari Raya Haji (October)

This festival is similar to Eid but has differences in the procedure of celebration. The Muslim community in Malaysia celebrates this by engaging themselves in religious practices like korban or sacrificial-slaughtering, distributing food to the poor and needy, and praying and greeting fellow friends and family in mosques.

Muslims praying over Hari Raya Haji commemoration.

Deepavali (November)

Another Malaysian festival, the same in India, is the Deepavali or Festival of Lights. Hindus celebrate this festival with enthusiasm by using colored chalk to craft different patterns and images on the ground.

A family lighting- up candles in line with Festival of Lights.

They can scatter colored rice, dry flour, colored sand, or flower petals and make “rangoli”. People of all races and religions gather together in public spaces and celebrate this prominent Hindu festival.

Dragon Boat Festival (December)

The Penang International Dragon Boat Festival is one of the annual and most interesting festivals in Malaysia. This takes place in the Teluk Bahang dam near Georgetown.

Series of dragon boats about to start the competition.

In this festival, you will witness over 40 competitors from across the world joining as they race with colorful and traditional boats to the beats of the drum. Just remember to adjust your camera settings since taking photos of this wet festival is difficult.

Christmas (December))

It might sound cliché, but you probably know what happens on Christmas Eve. However, Malaysian have their ways of celebrating this world event.

Petronas Towers tourists taking photos on Christmas eve.

Most people celebrate this with warmth and serenity, but Malaysians made it one of their jolliest festivals, flooding everything in white whether it be lights, Christmas displays, and decorations. , carols, food, plum cakes, decorations, and shopping deals for the locals and tourists.

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