Tourism Malaysia PR Blog

Tuesday, 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 below please visit:

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.

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.

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.

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 biggest sporting events in South East Asia in 2013.

International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition, Langkawi
26 to 30 March 2013

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.

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.

Tadau Kaamatan
30 - 31 May 2013
Tadau Kaamatan is a harvest festival celebrated in Sabah and Labuan.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia Dance Tourism Carnival
Learn the various Malaysian cultural dances

Christmas and New Year
25 and 31 December 2013

For more information, please contact:
Representation Plus
Flo Powell / Nick Smith
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Tel: 020 8877 4509/04
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Notes to editors:
•  Visit:
•  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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