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Festivals

SEPTEMBER ~ OCTOBER

Birthday of Guru Nanak
Guru Nanak is the founder of Sikhism. Celebrations here is added with non-stop reading of the Granth Sahib for 48 hours. Devotional songs and meals for the masses are held at the Diamond Jubilee Sikh Gudwara, Brick Kiln Road, and other Sikh temples.
 

The Masi Maham Festival
This festival will take place at the Sri Singamuga Kaliaman Temple, Teluk Bahang (right next to the Mutiara Beach Hotel).

 

During the day, there is a kavadi procession to the temple. Hundreds of Hindus will gather on the open beach in the afternoon to watch young boys and girls perform dances with sticks. They are accompanied by musicians who set the rhythm.When the sun sets, the statue of the Goddess Kali is placed on a raft is pulled out by a boat and stays out at sea for about an hour. Fireworks are shot into the night sky. On its return, the raft is thronged by the waiting crowds, who reach out to receive holy ash.
 

OCTOBER ~ NOVEMBER

*Deepavali ( 19th Oct 1998 )
The Hindu Festival of Light is a celebration of the victory of the Lord Krishna over the demon King Narakasura. Offerings are made to the Lord Krishna at temples and lamps are lighted at all Indian households at night.

 

Birthday of the Goddess of Mercy ( 7th Nov 1998 )
Today, the 19th day of the ninth lunar moon, Her birthday is celebrated for the third time. Performance of traditional puppet theatre takes place in the front courtyard of the Goddess of Mercy at Pitt Street.
 

Loy Krathong
This is a Thai water festival where krathong (leaf-cups) with lighted candles are floated out to sea. A wish is made and it is believed that the further the lotuses drift, the more likely one's wish will come true. The leaf-cups were traditionally made of banana leaves, but nowadays lotuses are made of crepe paper and floated on Styrofoam.

 

A mini-procession will start from the Siamese temple and will arrive at Gurney Drive at about 8.00pm, to launch the krathongs.
 

DECEMBER

Christmas
December 25th, is a National Holiday in Malaysia.

 

The birth of Jesus Christ is embraced as a joyful occasion by Christians all over Penang.

 On Christmas eve Churches will usually be packed. Masses which would usually last for about two hours will start around midnight. Sometimes short plays on the birth of Jesus Christ would be presented before mass. For most Malaysians, Christmas is a time for sharing and a time for giving. Streets and malls are well decorated with lights and christmas ornaments to enhance this season of sharing.

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.

Deepavali is the festival of lights. It is celebrated during the Tamil month, Aipsasi, that is between October and November.
 

The lights lit in Hindu homes celebrate the triumph of the forces of good over the forces of evil. The darkness signifies the misdeed of the ruler who ruled over the people unwisely. The miseries of the people were ended when Lord Krishna conquered the evil Naraksura and brought hope and happiness to the people.
 

Some Hindus also believe that Deepavali marks the defeat of Rawana by Rama, the symbol of goodness in the Hindu classic Ramayana.

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