Malaysian festivals and events

From mystical spiritual festivals, to shopping extravaganzas and world-class sporting events, Malaysia offers a variety of events and festivals that will provide the perfect addition to your holiday.  

Chinese New Year
Location: Throughout Malaysia
Dates: 23 January 2012
Chinese New Year is a time for celebration and merrymaking in Malaysia, and is one of the most important events on the festival calendar. Kuala Lumpur particularly comes to life, with the city’s streets adorned in decorations and hosting a range of celebrations, including lion dance acts. Many residents from villages outside of the city also converge on Kuala Lumpur, to take part in the celebrations.

Thaipusam Festival Batu Caves
Location: Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur
Dates: 07 February 2012  
One event on the Malaysian calendar not to be missed is the Hindu Thaipusam Festival at Batu Caves. This three day festival involves a spectacular religious procession of hundreds of thousands of people making their way up to the Batu Caves to honour Lord Murugan. The procession to the caves starts in Kuala Lumpur and proceeds for 15 kilometres to the caves.

Petronas Malaysian F1 Grand Prix
Location: Sepang International Circuit    
Dates: 23- 25 March 2012
Renowned as one of the most prestigious motorsport events in the world, the 2012 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix will challenge the world’s finest drivers at the Sepang International Circuit.

Colours of Malaysia
Location: Kuala Lumpur
Dates: May 2012
Malaysia’s premier cultural extravaganza is back to dazzle everyone. Enjoy a range of spectacular traditional performances, colourful parades and exhibitions that will showcase the country’s arts and crafts.

Celebrations, including street dancing are followed by an extravagant parade, and capped off with a fireworks display.

Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival
Location: Across Malaysia
Dates: 15 June – 31 August 2012
Travellers looking to indulge in some retail therapy will rejoice, with the famed 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival taking place from 15 June – 31 August 2012. This nation-stopping shopping event sees department stores outdoing each other’s price cuts and offering shoppers great promotions, making this the ideal time to visit Malaysia.  

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