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Mid-Au­tumn Fes­ti­val Petaling Street, Bukit Bin­tang/KLCC and Pav­il­ion, KL (­ Look out for the ar­rival of pa­per lanterns and boxes of moon­cakes in shop­ping malls: that means it's time for the Mid-Au­tumn (or Lantern) Fes­ti­val. The hol­i­day is a fun chance for kids to gather and show off their lanterns.

Malaysia Day Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions ( This rel­a­tively new hol­i­day cel­e­brates the es­tab­lish­ment of the Malaysian fed­er­a­tion – made up of Malaya, North Bor­neo, Sarawak and Sin­ga­pore – in 1963. Cel­e­bra­tions are tame com­pared to those of In­de­pen­dence Day.

Pangkor Is­land Fes­ti­val Pangkor, Perak (+603 7785 6363/ www.pangko­ris­land­fes­ti­ This artsy fes­ti­val aims to in­crease tourism on the lit­tle is­land of Pangkor. Ac­tiv­i­ties from pre­vi­ous years have in­cluded the likes of pho­tog­ra­phy con­tests, moon­light feasts, art bazaars, out­door movie screen­ings, ukulele work­shops and more.

Sarawak Re­gatta Kuching Wa­ter­front, Sarawak (+608 250 7051/ www.sarawakre­ The high­light of this unique wa­ter fes­ti­val is the com­pet­i­tive dragon boat race. Shop and dine at var­i­ous food and flea mar­kets lo­cated along the wa­ter­front and watch tal­ented buskers per­form­ing on the streets.

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