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Malaysia calendar of events 2013

29 January 2013

Malaysia plays host to a variety of major festivals and events throughout 2013, why not plan a visit to Malaysia around the time of one of these celebrations and exhilarating events to experience the true Malaysia? For further details of the events listed

Tourism Malaysia

Malaysia plays host to a variety of major festivals and events throughout 2013, why not plan a visit to Malaysia around the time of one of these celebrations and exhilarating events to experience the true Malaysia? For further details of the events listed below please visit: www.tourism.gov.my.

FEBRUARY

Chinese New Year

10 February 2013

15-day long festival celebrated with fabulous food, colourful lion dances and ethnic traditions.

Pasir Gudang World Kite Festival, Johor

20 to 24 February 2013

The sky will be filled up with colourful and innovative kite designs from international participants.

National Craft Day

20 February – 04 March 2013

See the arts and crafts at Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex, with activities ranging from fashion shows to cooking demonstrations. www.kraftangan.gov.my

BMW Malaysian Open

25 February to 3 March Also

Watch some of the world’s leading women tennis players at the Royal Selangor Golf Club, Kuala Lumpur.

MARCH

Le Tour De Langkawi Malaysia

21 February – 02 March 2013

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. www.ltdl.com.my

Malaysia Grand Prix Sale 2013

8 March to 14 April 2013

This nationwide carnival sale throughout Malaysia is held in conjunction with the Petronas Malaysian F1 GP.

2013 F1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix, Kuala Lumpur at the Sepang International Circuit

22 - 24 March 2013

The race is now in its 15th Anniversary and promises to be one of the sporting events in South East Asia in 2013. www.malaysiangp.com.my

International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition, Langkawi

26 to 30 March 2013

APRIL

Water Festival

Throughout April 2013

Celebrated in Langkawi, Labuan and Port Dickson

Malaysia International Shoe Festival

05 - 07 April 2013

An annual event held at the Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur. www.motour.gov.my

MAY

World Harvest Festival in Sarawak

3 to 5 May 2013

A place for locals and tourists to learn about the ethnic groups’ culture and arts

Colours of 1Malaysia

25 May 2013

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. www.motour.gov.uk

Tadau Kaamatan

30 - 31 May 2013

Tadau Kaamatan is a harvest festival celebrated in Sabah and Labuan.

JUNE

Gawai Dayak Festival

1 - 2 June 2013

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

Sabah Dragon Boat race

14 – 15 June 2013

Likas Bay, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Malaysia International Tourism Night Floral Parade in Putrajaya

22 to 30 June

witness the dazzling spectacle of lit-up boats cruising along the lake

SuperGT Championship, Sepang

June 2013

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.

Rainforest World Music Festival, Sarawak Cultural Village, Borneo

28-30 June 2013

Musicians from around the world will gather to celebrate a fusion of nature, culture and ethnic music. www.sarawaktourism.com

Fraser's Hill International Bird Race

29 - 30 June 2013

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.  www.pkbf.org.my

JULY

Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival

Held throughout the country, many shopping malls offer great discounts.

UNESCO World Heritage City Celebration

7 July 2013

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 2013

This Arts Tourism Festival organised by the Ministry of Tourism will be held throughout the country. A chance to meet some of Malaysia’s talented artists and purchase their artworks.

AUGUST
Hari Raya Aidil Fitri

08 August 2013

Decked in their traditional finery, friends and family from near and far come together to celebrate this joyous Muslim occasion.

National Day

31 August 2013

Celebrated with colourful parades, stage shows and competitions at major towns throughout the country.

SEPTEMBER

Malaysia Day

16 September 2013

Annual commemoration of the establishment of the Malaysian federation in 1963.

Lantern Festival

19 Sept 2013

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

21-29 September 2013

Organised by the Ministry of Tourism, this is one of the major tennis events in Malaysia.

OCTOBER

Fabulous Food Malaysia- Malaysia Annual International Gourmet Festival

1-31 October 2013

Hari Raya Aidiladha

15 October 2013

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.

27th Mt.Kinabalu International Climbathon

20 October 2013

NOVEMBER
Deepavali 'Festival of Lights'

03 November 2013

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).

Monsoon Cup

November 2013

International yacht racing teams battle the South China Sea for a chance to lift the Monsoon Cup.

Malaysia Year End Sale

8 November - 5 January 2014.

DECEMBER

Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia Dance Tourism Carnival

Learn the various Malaysian cultural dances

Christmas and New Year

25 and 31 December 2013

-ENDS-

For more information, please contact:

Representation Plus

Flo Powell / Nick Smith

Email: flo@representationplus.co.uk / nicksmith@representationplus.co.uk

Tel: 020 8877 4509/04

Mob: 077 6624 2138

Visit: www.tourismmalaysia.gov.my

Support for press trips is available for selected publications, please e-mail flo@representationplus.co.uk

Notes to editors:

  • Visit: www.tourism.gov.my
  • Malaysia has a tropical climate and is a very welcoming multi-cultural society home to some of the best spa resorts in the world.
  • Malaysian cuisine is as diverse as the nation itself, fusing the culinary traditions and flavours of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Arabian and European cooking.

 

 

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