Here are the list of events that will come this year 2018, some of it is already passed but we brought it because there are  something useful to know about it, and all the credit go to lonlyplanet’s site (click here for the original article). As you know joymalaysia.com is always making your information easier to find so this info is very useful to plan your visit to Malaysia according to the events that you interest in, so hope you will enjoy it.

Top Events

Thaipusam, January/February

Chinese New Year, January/February

Urbanscapes, April/ May

Wesak Day, May

Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix, September

January

New Year is a busy travel period, so plan ahead. Thaipusam can also fall in February in some years.

Thaipusam

Enormous crowds converge at Batu Caves north of KL and at Nattukottai Chettiar Temple in Penang for this dramatic Hindu festival involving body piercing.

February

Chinese New Year (which falls in January some years) is a big deal throughout the region and a busy travel period. Book transport and hotels well ahead.

Chinese New Year

Dragon dances and pedestrian parades mark the start of the New Year. Families hold open house and everybody wishes you kong hee fatt choy (a happy and prosperous new year). Celebrated on 16 February 2018, 5 February 2019 and 25 January 2020.

March

One of KL’s wettest months, so bring an umbrella and watch out for flash flooding.

Birthday of the Goddess of Mercy

Offerings are made to the popular Chinese goddess Kuan Yin at temples across the region; a good one to visit is Thean Hou Temple in KL. The goddess is also honoured three times more during the year, in April/May, July/August and October/November.

Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Held over four days in Putrajaya, this festival has hosted hot-air-balloon pilots from as far afield as New Zealand and Switzerland, as well as attracting over 100,000 spectators.

April

The end of the light monsoon season on Malaysia’s west coast, but not the end of rain, for which you should always be prepared.

Urbanscapes

Held in various venues across the city over three weekends in April and May, this long-running creative arts festival brings together art, music, film and design with a series of performances and events.

May

In 2018, 2019 and 2020 Ramadan will fall mostly in May, so look out for night food markets and buffets around the city. There are also a couple of big parades this month.

Wesak Day (Vesak Day)

In celebration of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death there’s a major procession with illuminated floats and thousands of people carrying candles through KL, starting from the Buddhist Maha Vihara. Celebrated on 29 May 2018, 18 May 2019 and 6 May 2020.

June

The first Saturday of the month is the official birthday of Malaysia’s king, marked by a parade at the national palace, an address to the nation and an award ceremony.

Hari Raya Aidlifitri

The end of Ramadan is followed by a month of breaking-the-fast parties, many of them public occasions where you can enjoy a free array of Malay culinary delicacies. The Malaysian prime minister opens his official home in Putrajaya to the public.

Pesta San Pedro

This week-long fiesta is celebrated by the Eurasian-Portuguese Christian community of Melaka, and it culminates on 29 June with the main feast day in honour of the patron saint of the fishing community.

Dragon Boat Festival

Commemorates the Malay legend of the fishermen who paddled out to sea to prevent the drowning of a Chinese saint, beating drums to scare away any fish that might attack him. The festival is celebrated from June to August, with boat races in Penang.

Putrajaya Floria

This flower and garden festival (www.floriaputrajaya.com.my) lasts nine days and is a big affair. Expect colourful displays of exotic blooms including orchids and bougainvillea.

July

Often one of the driest months in KL, although you should always be prepared for rain.

August

Haze from forest and field-clearance fires in Indonesia can create smog in KL, so avoid visiting during this month and the next if you are prone to respiratory complaints and asthma.

Festival of the Hungry Ghosts

Chinese Malaysians perform operas, host open-air concerts and lay out food for their ancestors. The ghosts eat the spirit of the food but thoughtfully leave the substance for mortal celebrants. Celebrated towards the end of the month and in early September.

National Day

Join the crowds at midnight on 31 August to celebrate the anniversary of Malaysia’s independence in 1957. Events are held in Merdeka Sq and across KL.

September

A month packed with festivals, making it a great time to visit the city, though haze from forest fires may still be a problem.

DiverseCity

KL’s international arts festival runs throughout September and offers a packed program of contemporary and traditional dance, music shows, literature readings, comedy and visual-arts events.

Malaysia Day

Held on 16 September to commemorate the establishment of the Federation of Malaysia on the same date in 1963.

KL International Jazz & Arts Festival

A cracking line-up of artists perform at this festival, held on the University of Malaya campus in September.

Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

Formula 1’s big outing in Southeast Asia is held at the Sepang International Circuit over three days. Associated events and parties are held in KL.

Cooler Lumpur Festival

Multidisciplinary arts festival with a different annual theme and events staged at Publika.

Malaysian International Gastronomy Festival

Prestigious restaurants and master chefs all pitch in with their best efforts during this month-long celebration of edible creativity in KL that includes food fairs and cooking classes. Full details at www.migf.com.

October

The start of the monsoon season on Malaysia’s west coast, but rainfall is not so heavy or constant as to affect most travel plans.

November

In the run-up to Deepavali, KL’s Little Indias are packed with stalls selling textiles and celebratory sweets.

Deepavali

Tiny oil lamps are lit outside Hindu homes to attract the auspicious gods Rama and Lakshmi. Indian businesses start the new financial year. Little India is ablaze with lights.

December

School holidays can see hotels booked up towards the end of the month, when many people arrive in the region to vacation over the Christmas and New Year breaks.

Winter Solstice Festival

Called Dong Zhi in Mandarin and Tang Chek in Hokkien, this Chinese festival offers thanks for a good harvest and usually occurs between 21 and 23 December. It’s celebrated by eating glutinous rice balls served in a clear sugar syrup.

Lunar Calendar

Hindu, Muslim and Chinese religious festivals all follow a lunar calendar, so the dates vary each year. Muslim holidays typically move forward 11 days each year, while Hindu and Chinese festivals change dates but fall roughly within the same months.

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