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28 Jan­uary - 11 Fe­bru­ary Chi­nese New Year The be­gin­ning of the Chi­nese New Year is a stately af­fair with joy­ous celebrations with fam­ily and friends. There are fire­works, lion dances, spe­cial prayers, open houses and, of course, Man­darin or­anges. The Kek Lok Si tem­ple is brightly lit up to cel­e­brate the new lu­nar year. Kek Lok Si tem­ple, Air Itam.


TBC Pe­nang Hot Air Bal­loon Fi­esta This highly an­tic­i­pated two-day event sees a colour­ful ar­ray of hot air bal­loons bright­en­ing the skies of Pe­nang. There will be var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties and work­shops for the fam­ily, and at night some bal­loonss are lit up for the ‘night glow’ shows. www.penangho­tair­bal­loon­fi­esta.com

10 Thai­pusam Cel­e­brated by the Hindu, Thai­pusam com­mem­o­rat­est th the vic­tory of Lord Mu­ru­gan over the de­mon Soora­padam. Devo­tees ob­serve a strict veg­e­tar­ian diet prior to the fes­ti­val and on the day it­self par­tic­i­pate in pro­ces­sions, bear­ing kavadis, pierc­ing them­selves with hooks or spears, smash­ing co­conuts and walk­ing over hot coals.

11 Chap Goh Meh Also known as the Chi­nese Valen­tine’s Day, Chap Goh Meh is cel­e­brated on the 15th day of Chi­nese New Year (CNY). Young sin­gle women tra­di­tion­ally throw or­anges into the sea to find a match, while the men col­lect them from boats. Mark­ing the end of CNY, it’s cel­e­brated with fire­works, lan­terns, prayers and of­fer­ings.


17 St Pa­trick’s Day The Pe­nang Ir­ish As­so­ci­a­tion usu­ally holds a pa­rade and street party to com­mem­o­rate St Pa­trick’s Day. Ex­pect a host of fun ac­tiv­i­ties, tra­di­tional Ir­ish cus­toms, and a whole lot of green.


TBC Thai Songkran Fes­ti­val This Thai wa­ter fes­ti­val is cel­e­brated to wash away neg­a­tiv­ity and bad luck. In this case, lit­er­ally as devo­tees splash wa­ter on each other. Celebrations take place in sev­eral venues across Pe­nang, in­clud­ing the Wat Chaya­mangkalaram tem­ple. Wat Chaya­mangkalaram, Pu­lau Tikus.


21 We­sak Day Cel­e­brates the birth, en­light­en­ment and death of Bud­dha by vis­it­ing a lo­cal tem­ple. Prac­ti­tion­ers par­tic­i­pate in prayers, chants and can­dlelit pro­ces­sions with floats as well as per­form char­i­ta­ble acts.

TBC In­die Pe­nang In­die Pe­nang (IndiePG) pro­vides a plat­form for and is a cel­e­bra­tion of lo­cal in­die mu­sic. Hav­ing more of a mu­sic gig type of vibe with live per­for­mances, the fes­ti­val also in­cludes mu­sic-re­lated work­shops. www.face­book.com/indiepg


TBC Hari Raya Aidil­fitri This pub­lic hol­i­day marks the end of the Is­lamic holy month of Ra­mad­han (also known as Eid) and a month of fast­ing, which is one of the five pil­lars of Is­lam. This is a time for wor­ship, re­flec­tion and char­ity. Mus­lims re­turn home to spend time with fam­ily and friends by vis­it­ing and hav­ing meals to­gether.


07 Ge­orge Town Her­itage Day To cel­e­brate Ge­orge Town be­ing recog­nised as one of the top his­tor­i­cal cities in Asia and gain­ing its Unesco World Cul­tural Her­itage Site sta­tus in 2008, a lo­cal pub­lic hol­i­day was de­clared. Ev­ery year colour­ful cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties are held cel­e­brat­ing the his­tory and her­itage of Ge­orge Town so check ahead to see what ac­tiv­i­ties are on this year.

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