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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.face­­ter­worthFringeFes­ti­val).

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.

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