Penang hosts a number of exciting events and festivals throughout the year. All major religious and cultural festivals are celebrated in Penang just like any other state in Malaysia. The Chinese population in Penang is very large and thus you have witnessed the numerous vibrant Chinese festivals celebrated here, which is unlikely in other parts of Malaysia. So, you can enjoy the Penang International Floral Festival, where flowers of different shapes, sizes and colors are displayed. This event takes place every year and attracts visitors from all over the world. In addition, some of the other top festivals in Penang include:
The Georgetown Festival is a month-long celebration that includes film, music, dance, theater and local art. The festival was introduced in 2009 when Georgetown was listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site. Throughout the month of August, visitors can experience a wide range of attractions and shows in addition to exploring colorful street art and well-preserved heritage buildings. The festive month in Georgetown offers plenty of time to shop at shops selling snacks, delicacies, books, local artwork, souvenirs and trinkets.
Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta:
Your stay in Malaysia is successful when you attend the Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. The event takes place at Padang Polo in Georgetown. In addition to seeing the magnificent balloons floating in the sky, visitors have many opportunities to participate in fun-filled activities. The event features fifteen hot air balloons from participating countries such as Belgium, the US, the Netherlands, South Korea and Thailand. Visitors can explore the interior of a cool inflated balloon or enjoy a ride in a tethered balloon.
Feast of the nine emperors:
Emperor Gods is a widespread practice in Malaysia. This festival is held every year from the first day of the ninth lunar month to the ninth day for nine days. This is the idea behind the celebration – the souls of the nine emperors living in the stars begin to descend to earth through spiritual means.
Many devotees prefer to stay on a vegetarian diet during the festival. Various stalls have been set up to sell vegetarian food. It is an opera to show respect to the gods. In addition to worship, you will have the opportunity to watch challenging activities such as fire walking ceremonies, spear skiing ceremonies, etc.
Bon Audrey Festival:
The Malaysian Japanese Society organizes the Bonodori Festival. The festival is the Japanese version of the Hungry Ghost Festival in China. Japanese immigrants, including old and young, attend the festival to pay tribute to their descendants.
Penang International Dragon Boat Race:
The Penang International Dragon Boat Race Festival attracts participants from all over the world. The festival began in 1979. The festival is held in honor of the celestial dragon of Chinese culture. The concept of Dragon Boat Festival originated in China and the event is currently held worldwide. The event begins with the boats racing with each other, in which dragon heads are fitted. The occasion comes alive with the rhythmic beat of the drum.
Spending your retirement life in Malaysia becomes colorful with these annual events. These events allow you to explore the cultures and traditions of Penang.