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International Surfing Competition (Cherating). International champions compete annually as the monsoon brings favorable surf to Malaysia's east coast. Early January.

Royal Langkawi International Regatta (Langkawi). One of Asia's most regarded annual yachting events draws crews from around the region and beyond. Mid-January.

Thaipusam (Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur). This spectacular Hindu celebration is held at Batu Caves outside of Kuala Lumpur, where devotes carry steel racks attached to their bodies up 272 steps to a sacred temple in the caves. Late January/early February.

Chinese New Year (nationwide). Also called the Lunar New Year, this festival is celebrated with parades, lion dances, and street bazaars in cities with larger Chinese populations, such as Kuala Lumpur and Georgetown. Late January/February.


Petronas Malaysia F1 Grand Prix (Sepang, Selangor). Malaysia hosts one of the Asian circuits on a designated Formula One course not far from Kuala Lumpur. Early April.


Miri International Jazz Festival (Miri, Sarawak). Gaining in popularity each year, the festival welcomes up to 7,000 to watch performances by regional and international acclaimed jazz musicians. Mid-May.


Melaka River Festival (Melaka). The town organizes a market and carnival attractions alongside the river. Late June.


Malaysia Mega Sale (nationwide). Virtually every shop in the country offers discounts for shoppers during this month-long spending spree.

Rainforest World Music Festival (Sarawak). Evening performances are complemented by daily talks, workshops, and jam sessions at this highly regarded international event highlighting music from around the world. Early July.


Bazaar Ramadan (nationwide). Night markets, called pasar malam, are set up around the country selling local "break fast" treats (which are permitted after sundown) during the Muslim month of fasting.

Hari Raya Adil Fitri (nationwide). The end of the Ramadan fasting month is celebrated with feasts and family gathering across the country. National Day (nationwide). Kuala Lumpur has the best parade and fireworks as the nation celebrates independence. August 31.


Hari Raya Aidiladha (nationwide). On this day, also known as Hari Raya Haji, many Muslims travel to Mecca for pilgrimage. In Malaysia, it is a day of prayers and ritual cattle sacrifices. October/Early November.


Malaysia Year-End Sale (nationwide).This is another month-long mega sale to lure shoppers with big discounts.

Monsoon Cup (Kuala Terengganu). Held each year in the town known for its traditional boatbuilders, this regatta is commonly known as the Formula 1 of Sailing. Late November/early December.


Fabulous Food 1Malaysia (nationwide). A month-long celebration of Malaysia's cuisine, sampled in festival markets throughout the country.

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