Malaysia Calendar of Events 2012

15 December 2011

Tourism Malaysia


Malaysia is a veritable land of festivals and celebrations. The major festivals of its multi-racial communities are celebrated to mark important events or days in their religious calendars. Most of them are colourful occasions when centuries-old customs and traditions are still observed.


Royal Langkawi International Regatta
09 - 14 January 2012
The premier sailing event of Asia will host many different classes of competition, including Racing Class, IRC Class, Sports Boat, Multihull, Club Cruising and Ocean Rover.

Chinese New Year
23 January 2012 - 24 January 2012


7 February 2012 - 7 February 2012
A truly spectacular event, Thaipusam is an annual Hindu festival where devotees perform various rituals as acts of devotion and penance. The main venue is the world-renowned Batu Caves temple.


Le Tour De Langkawi Malaysia
24 February - 04 March 2012.
Asia’s premier cycling event will go through the seven states of Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Selangor and two Federal Territories of Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur.

Formula 1: World Championship "Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix"
23-25 March 2012
This year's Formula One is held in Sepang with many entertaining and exciting exhibitions held in the city of Kuala Lumpur and shopping discounts offered in various shopping complexes especially in Bukit Bintang area.


Malaysia International Shoe Festival
6 April - 8 April 2012
An annual event held at the Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia Grand Prix Sale 2012
This nationwide carnival sale throughout the nation is held in conjunction with the Petronas Malaysian F1 GP.


Tadau Kaamatan
30 May 2012 - 31 May 2012
Tadau Kaamatan is a harvest festival celebrated in Sabah and Labuan.

Colours of Malaysia 2012
19 May 2012
Colours of Malaysia Festival will give you an opportunity to learn about the Malaysian people and their diverse culture. Various delicacies of the different ethnic groups of Malaysia will be featured.


Annual Penang International Dragon Boat Festival
June 2012
Teluk Bahang Dam, Penang.

SuperGT Champtionship, Sepang
June 2012
Started in 1994, the Japan GT Championship Series (JGTC) is the most popular category in Japan’s motorsports world. One of its races is held in Malaysia in Sepang, Selangor.

Fraser's Hill International Bird Race
23 June - 24 June 2012
This annual event held at Frasers Hill attracts bird watchers from around the globe. Teams are divided into groups to identify the birds, many of them migratory birds from Siberia and Japan.

Gawai Dayak Festival
1 June 2012 - 2 June 2012
Gawai Dayak is a harvest festival celebrated by the state's indigenous people, particularly the Ibans and Bidayuhs, in their traditional costumes. Ceremonial offerings of various local traditional delicacies and 'tuak' (home-made rice wine) are made to the gods of rice and prosperity.


Rainforest World Music Festival, Sarawak Cultural Village, Borneo
July 2012
Musicians from around the world will gather to celebrate a fusion of nature, culture and ethnic music.

Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival
July-Aug 2012
Held throughout the country, many shopping malls offer great discounts.

UNESCO World Heritage City Celebration
7 July 2012
George Town was accorded the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List of Cities and Sights for its 'outstanding universal value' on 7 July, 2008. Celebrated by a month of cultural and music shows, traditional crafts demonstrations and exhibitions.

Malaysia Contemporary Arts Tourism Festival
2 July - 30 Sept 2012
This Arts Tourism Festival organised by the Ministry of Tourism will be held throughout the country.

Hari Raya Aidil Fitri
19 August 2012 - 20 August 2012
Decked in their traditional finery, friends and family from near and far come together to celebrate this joyous Muslim occasion.

National Day
31 August 2012
Celebrated with colourful parades, stage shows and competitions at major towns throughout the country.


Malaysia Day
16 September 2012
Annual commemoration of the establishment of the Malaysian federation in 1963.

Lantern Festival
29 Sept 2012
Held in Central Market, Kuala Lumpur, the Lantern Festival is celebrated during the full moon of the Chinese Calendar that features many intricately designed lanterns with multiple motifs.

Malaysia Tennis Open ATP World Tour 250
Sept-Oct 2012
Organised by the Ministry of Tourism, this is one of the major tennis events in Malaysia.


Fabulous Food Malaysia- Malaysia Annual International Gourmet Festival
1-31 October 2012

Hari Raya Aidiladha
26 October 2012
Also known as Hari Raya Haji, this festival marks the culmination of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mekah which is performed by millions of Muslims annually. It is also known as Hari Raya Qurban.


Deepavali 'Festival of Lights'
13 November 2012

Deepavali or the 'Festival of Lights' is celebrated by Hindus with prayers, family gatherings and festivities. Open houses are held where family and friends visit each other and enjoy delicious traditional goodies (except Labuan and Sarawak).


Christmas and New Year
25 and 31 December 2012


For further information please contact:

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