Deepavali: The Festival of Lights – Malaysia

Deepavali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is celebrated every year on the Hindu month of Kartik which falls around October or November on the Gregorian calendar. It is celebrated by Indians of Hindu faith in Malaysia. The festival signifies, as do other festivals such as Thaipusam, the triumph of good over evil. Deepavali is a four day celebration, even though in Malaysia only one day is marked as a public holiday to celebrate this festival. Deepavali is sometimes misunderstood because the Hindu New Year is celebrated in a very similar fashion as the Chinese New Year or Hari Raya.

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Malaysia Public Holidays 2012/2013 Calendar

Malaysia has countless cultural festivals and public holidays all year round. It’s truly a land of festivals mostly because there are some many different ethnic groups with their own traditions.  It’s not surprising that the number of public holidays in other regions is relatively small compared to the number in Malaysia.  We counted more than forty public holidays but only some of them are national. The expected dates for public holidays and festivals in Malaysia 2012 and 2013 are shown in the list below.

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Kadayawan sa Dabaw: The King of all Festivals – Davao, Philippines

Flower and fruit filled floats parade up and down the streets. Dancers perform tirelessly in the bright and colorful costumes of their tribe’s traditional garb. Curious audiences flock to watch horse fights reminiscent of Spanish bull fighting. A young beauty from an indigenous tribe receives the crown of the Bya’Neng of Kadayawan, or Miss Kadayawan. The third week of August gets jam-packed with activities and sights to suit nearly every taste and fancy, when the Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival unfolds in its colorful glory.

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