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Festivals

MARCH ~ APRIL

The Mariannam Procession
Accompanied by the chettiars, on a new noon night, the procession will start at the Sri Mariannam Temple at Queen Street. The statue of goddess Mariannam is placed on a wooden horse and drawn by a bullock cart.

 

There is a ritual slaughtering of a goat at the Muneeswarar Waterfall Temple, at the junction of Waterfall Road and Gottlieb Road. Afterwards the chettiar community (excluding those who will bear the kavadi) partake of a meal in the nearby premises.
 

Panguni Uttiram
This event is celebrated on the full-moon day of the Tamil month of Panguni. It is to honour the marriages of Siva to Shakti and of Lord Subramaniam to Theivani.
 

Varusha Pirapu
Celebrated by most Hindus, particularly by Northern Indians. The Vaishnaivites celebrate it for nine days, at the Sri Rama Temple at York Road.
 

Cithirai Parwam
Most temples carry out fire walking ceremonies in honour of the Goddess Mariannam. As in the Thaipusam festival, the kavadi or ceremonial yoke, is carried to Waterfall Hilltop Temple.
 

Cheng Beng
Cheng Beng stretches for a week. During this period, the Chinese community will visit graves of deceased family members and ancestors to pay their respects. Graves are weeded and cleaned, joss-paper is burnt, and offerings are made.
 

APRIL ~ MAY

*Labour Day
May 1, is a public holiday in Malaysia.

 

Birthday of the Goddess of Mercy
Her birthday falls on the 19th day of the third moon, 6th moon and 9th moon. That's right three birthday celebrations in one year!

 

Sri Rama Navami
A nine-day festival held by the Brahman caste to honour the Hindu hero of the Ramayana, Sri Rama.
 

Birthday of the Queen of Heaven and Goddess of the Sea
"Ma Cho Po", is celebrated at her temple on the 8th day of the fourth moon.

 

*Wesak Day
A day to mark the birth of Lord Buddha on the 15th day of the fourth moon. This is the most important day in the Buddhist calendar. Temples are packed with devotees during this celebration. A procession of floats, flower and flag is held at night, commencing at 7.00pm, from the Malaysian Buddhist Association, 182 Burmah Road.
 

MAY ~ JUNE

Thaipusam Spectacular
While there are many Indian festivals that celebrate the rice harvest, the stars and light, Thaipusam is by far the most spectacular.The celebration here is more intense than the one in native South India.

Penangites once again celebrate the birthday of Tua Pek Kong (The God of Prosperity) in a grand manner...

 Hungry Ghosts in Penang

... that throughout the seventh month of the Chinese Lunar calendar, children and young toddlers alike should be kept from going out of the house, lest unrested souls lure them to the kingdom of the dead!

Mooncakes are only sold during the Mid-Autumn Festival or Festival of Lanterns celebrated on the eight month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar.

The moon on the 15th day of this month is brighter than that on any other month of the year.

Buddha

Wesak Day is celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Buddha.

* His Majesty The King’s Birthday
This national event is celebrated on the first Saturday of June. It is a public holiday.
 

Double Five
During China's era of the warring states there was a patriotic Chinese poet-official, Chu Yuan, who committed suicide because he was exceedingly grieved by the corruption in the high circles which were running his beloved country.

 

When Chu Yuan drowned himself in a river, the people went out in dragon boats and threw rice dumplings (chung) into the river so that the fish would not devour his corpse. Chu Yuan's tragic death is commemorated on the Double Five with the dragon boat festival and the chung festival simultaneously, celebration on the 5th day of the fifth moon.

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