03-31 Hungry Ghost Festival Another famous festival celebrated by locals is the Hungry Ghost Festival. During this time, it’s believed that the gates of hell open and spirits are released and roam among the living. Makeshift altars and giant joss sticks are usually seen on every road corner to appease the spirits, and Chinese opera performances, sometimes referred to as Ko-Tai, are staged for their entertainment.
13-14 Butterworth Fringe Festival (BFF) Part of the popular George Town Festival, the Butterworth Fringe Festival was formed to extend the celebration of arts on the island to the mainland. The BFF will also see its share of local as well as international acts gracing their streets. Jalan Jeti Lama, Butterworth (www.facebook.com/ButterworthFringeFestival).
31 Merdeka Day August ends with Malaysia celebrating its independence day, or Merdeka Day. The Merdeka Day Parade is held in the morning with various government bodies, schools and even corporate companies taking part in the colourful parade.