A typical Malaysia trip consists of visiting the city of Kuala Lumpur and some temples or trying out different Malaysian restaurants and cafés. But one of the things do in Malaysia to make it extraordinary is to go on a Penang travel and witness different cultural events this 2019! Every year tourists from overseas would come to Penang to personally experience these events. Know more of these events in Penang as you read further on this Malaysia travel guide.
CULTURAL EVENTS IN PENANG 2019: THAIPUSAM FESTIVAL
Thaipusam is a festival celebrated to give thanks and honour the Hindu deity Lord Murugan known as the youngest son of Shiva. Hindu devotees gather at the Penang Murugan Temple. They also do fasting and observe a vegetarian diet during the festival.
Date: January 20 – 22, 2019
Address: 17, Jalan Kebun Bunga, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang
CULTURAL EVENTS IN PENANG 2019: KEK LOK SI TEMPLE – DISPLAY OF LIGHTS (CHINESE NEW YEAR)
Cultural events in Penang became a big part in promoting Malaysia tourism. One of which is the most awaited Chinese New Year. The majestic and historic Kek Lok Si temple will celebrate its annual lighting display showcasing more than 10,000 lights and fireworks. The celebration is believed to be an act of faith that brings peace and prosperity over the years to come. Be prepared to swim in a sea of crowd because this temple is one of the famous attractions in Penang.
Date: February 4 – 19, 2019
Address: 1000-L, Tingkat Lembah Ria 1, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
CULTURAL EVENTS IN PENANG 2019: PAI TI KONG FESTIVAL (HOKKIEN NEW YEAR)
A festival in George Town called Pai Ti Kong, also known as The Jade Emperor God’s birthday, is celebrated in the 9th day of the Chinese New Year. This celebration becomes alive at night where people say their prayers and offer food such as fruits and sugarcane to the great deity, perform dragon dances, light up incense sticks, and more.
Date: February 13, 2019
Address: Chew Jetty, Georgetown, Penang
CULTURAL EVENTS IN PENANG 2019: PENANG HOT AIR BALLOON FIESTA 2019
This 2-day festival is perfect for creating an unforgettable memory with your loved ones. You get to see lots of hot air balloons floating in the sky and if you’re lucky, there might also be fireworks display! There are other family-friendly activities and workshops you can try like the Cold Inflation, or satisfy your hunger with food and beverages stalls all lined up.
Date: February 9 – 10, 2019
Address: Padang Polo, George Town, Pinang, Malaysia
CULTURAL EVENTS IN PENANG 2019: CHAP GOH MEH CELEBRATION
Ladies! It’s time to bring out those oranges and ask for a good soulmate. The Chap Goh Meh, celebrated on the 15th night of the lunar calendar, is also known as the Chinese Valentine’s Day where young, unmarried ladies writes their names, phone numbers on mandarin oranges and throw it into the sea or rivers in search for Mr. Right! There are some places like the Esplanade where there’s a competition between boys in boats getting oranges thrown into the sea by girls. Who cares about Tinder when you can do boyfriend-hunt in such an exciting way?
Moreover, families gather over a festive meal, and people go to temples to pray for prosperity.
Date: February 19, 2019
Address: At the Esplanade public recreational grounds
CULTURAL EVENTS IN PENANG 2019: PENANG INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL (PIFF)
The next festival on our Malaysia travel guide is good news for food enthusiasts. The Penang International Food Festival, held in the lovely street of Penang, celebrates the Penang as Asia’s food paradise to recognize the food heroes. This 16-day event will be nothing but endless feast, food stories, and cultural experience featuring different food choices like roasted chicken, fried noodles, saucy viands, and more!
Date: April 13 – 28, 2019
Address: 28-24, Beach St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
CULTURAL EVENTS IN PENANG 2019: WESAK DAY
Devotees celebrate Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and achievement of Nirvana all in the same day, the Wesak day. During the morning, people will gather to go to temples, meditate, and join the candle-lit processions. Doves are also set free as a sign of respect and goodwill. The highlight of this celebration is in the evening where there is a procession of floats surrounded by colourful flowers and accompanied by children singing and monks chanting prayers, sprinkling holy water. The procession starts at the Malaysian Buddhist Association.
Date: May 18, 2019 (date may vary)
Address: Malaysia Buddhist Association – 182, Burma Road, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
CULTURAL EVENTS IN PENANG 2019: PENANG INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT CHAMPIONSHIP
Head to the bay! It’s time for some water sports action! Malaysia will hold its Penang International Dragon Boat Championship this 2019. Dragon boat racing has been one of the signature events in Penang which test the endurance and strength of race participants. Many tourists go to Penang to witness this exciting event each year!
Date: June 1 – 2, 2019
Address: Teluk Bahang, 11050 Tanjung Bungah, Penang, Malaysia
CULTURAL EVENTS IN PENANG 2019: PENANG DURIAN FESTIVAL
Durian is one of the most popular fruit in Penang and is a must-try for all visitors. This king fruit will be featured during the Penang Durian Festival so expect lots of durians being displayed in the street market and even malls. This is your chance to bravely try and savour a lot of durian products including durian candies.
Date: June 1 – July 31, 2019
Address: Jalan Burma; Jalan Macalister; Jalan Anson; Anjung Indah Balik Pulau & Bao Sheng Durian Farm, Penang
CULTURAL EVENTS IN PENANG 2019: GEORGE TOWN HERITAGE CELEBRATION
The street goes alive during July every year as the diverse and multicultural communities in George Town come together to celebrate and commemorate the historic city being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 7th of July 2008. This occasion will be filled with street festivals, site excursions, non-stop music, martial arts and performances, cultural dances, and more.
Date: July 7, 2019
Address: 116&118, Lebuh Acheh, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Are you ready to tick all these events off your Malaysia travel list? We suggest that you travel to these events via grab or cab as public transportations will get crowded during these festive dates. And, one thing you must never forget is to scout for great hotels in Malaysia. We’re glad to help you with that!
Malaysia Travel Guide Hotel Feature: Cititel Penang Hotel
Stay in a 4-star Cititel Penang Hotel located at the beautiful city of George Town, Penang. This hotel is just 30-minutes away from the Penang International Airport and offers transfer services for your travel convenience. It’s comprised of 451 comfortable guestrooms with magnificent sea view and local heritage view. You can choose from a standard, superior, or deluxe room with high-quality in-room amenities. You’ll surely rest after a long tiring day with clean sheets and a nice view in a safe and sound room of Cititel Penang Hotel.
Cititel Penang Hotel also offers high-standard services for you to enjoy. Go on karaoke night at the Platinum City KTV with your friends or hang out at the Citi Lounge where you can order fresh cocktails.
Staying at this grand, luxurious hotel makes it easy for you to attend different nearby events and festivals in Penang this 2019! Book directly to save more and for the best rate guaranteed.
Address: 66, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
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