The important festivals in Malaysia

Malaysia is a country that has many different cultures and races. The 3 main races are the Malays, Chinese and the Indians. Although there are many festivals in Malaysia that are celebrated, there are the 5 most important festivals,Deepavali, Chinse New Year, Eid/Hari Raya, Wesak and Thaipusam.

Not written in order of importance

1)Deepavali

Deepavali is a festival celebrated by Indians living in Malaysia. This is the festival of lights, it signifies the victory of light and hope over darkness. Houses and streets of Malaysia are adorned with colourful lights and oil lamps. The day starts off by taking a bath with oil and praying. Later during the day processions, street-fairs, fireworks and get-togethers take place. The aromas of a variety of  dishes lingering across the streets is one of the things that truly symbolises the festivities of Deepavali in the areas where Indians live in a large number.

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2)Chinese New Year

This is the time when Malaysia turns red. All the Chinese living in Malaysia decorate their houses and streets with traditional red decorations, they do so in order to ward off evil spirits. As a part of the 15 day long celebration lion and dragon dances accompanied by fireworks are performed across Malaysia. Family get togethers, cooking of numerous dishes on the same day, and decorating houses are a few things that happen during the Chinese New Year

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3) Wesak

Wesak is a Buddhsit festival celebrated to pay tribute to the birthday, enlightenment and the attainment of Nirvana in the life of Lord Buddha. The festivities begin at dawn by gathering at Buddhist temples and meditating, offering food and charity to the poor and praying. A grand float procession takes place during Wesak, it is a sight to behold and it usually has a giant statue of Buddha.

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4) Thaipusam

Thaipusam is largely celebrated by the Tamil community in Malaysia. Thai means the month and Pusam means star, Thaipusam is celebrated in January / February when the star is at its highest. The celebrations in Malaysia start off by visiting the Sri Mahamariamman Temple and proceeds to the Batu Caves. This festival sees a footfall of over a million devotees from across the globe. Some devotees go to an extent of piercing their bodies and carrying sacrificial burdens called Kavadis to beseech their blessings.

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5) Hari Raya/ Eid

Hari Raya is one of the most prominent festivals celebrated in Malaysia, as the majority of the population residing in Malaysia follows Islam. Hari Raya is celebrated during the 9th month of the lunar calendar for a period of one month. Muslims observe daily fasts from dawn to dusk and refrain from consuming food and wrong-doing. Hari Raya is celebrated on the last day of Ramadan, it marks the end of the fasting period for Muslims.

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Malay food is not all, there is more!!!

In Malaysia, Malay food is not all that we have.

The Char Kaoy Teow(Fried Koay Teow) is also a Malaysian delicacy.It is called stir-fried ricecake strips. There are different styles of cookings in terms of the ingredients used. Some prefer adding Cockles while some do not. In rare cases, they add fried pig fats. It is one of the most delicious Malaysian food and it is a must to try it.

To learn about the ingredients, check out the link below:

Char Kway Teow

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More Malaysian Delicacies(Malay). Introducing, the Kuih Muih

Hungry? But not starving?

Try Malaysian Kuih Muih

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Kuih Muih is a type of bite size snack, with many varieties, from pandan flavours and many more. They are not confined as a certain meal, but they are usually eaten throughout the day.

People eat this snack during festivals or events such as a wedding, Hari Raya or the Chinese New Year.

It is made from Rice or glutinous rice.

So if you are feeling an urge for a small snack, go ahead and try Kuih Muih.

Hungry Go where? Malay delicacies, the Nasi Lemak

Wei Macha, you hungry arh? I tell you  where to makan.

Before you try eating anything else in Malaysia, you have to eat the “Nasi Lemak.”

Why you ask?

It’s because it’s the national food. It is the food of Malaysia. You won’t experience Malaysia if you haven’t taken a bite from Nasi Lemak.

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Here’s a list of restaurants that would definitely get your body craving for more Nasi Lemak.

1)Village Park in Damansara Uptown

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2) Nasi Lemak Bumbung at Seapark

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3)Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa at Kampung Baru

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So there you go, once you start eating it, you will never stop craving for more!

Only in Malaysia, the hand is powerful

In Malaysia, your hand is the most powerful body part in your entire body.

When we Malaysians cross the road, we put our hands up, palms facing the ongoing traffic, and cars will magically slow down.

Want to get past security? Show the guard your hand. No need to register your IC, no need to give unit number, no need to talk at all. Just show your hand and you will immediately get a free pass through security.

 

To be Malaysian, you have to talk like a Malaysian

To be a Malaysian, you have to talk like a Malaysian.

If you have been growing up in Malaysia, you might have heard of the line:

Wei macha, you want to makan here or tapau?’

There are 4 languages combined just to make a sentence. In there, we have English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil.

When we speak to a foreigner, we sound like nonsense, but to another Malaysian, we sound like ordinary people speaking. We are so used to mixing languages to the extent that whenever a foreigner speaks in “proper” language, we tend to think there is something wrong with them.

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