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Hari Raya Aidilfitri
(January 8 - January 9)

(Nationwide Public Holiday)
Also known as Hari Raya Puasa, this is the most significant festival for the Muslims as it marks the end of the fasting month. The event is ushered in with prayers and the asking of forgiveness from family members. It is also customary for Muslims to open their homes to visitors as well as to visit friends and relatives. Some shops would even close during this festive occasion.

(January 21)

(Public Holiday in Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Penang & Selangor)
A day for penance and atonement, Thaipusam is celebrated on the tenth month of the Hindu calendar. The Hindu community believes that by celebrating Thaipusam, they are cleansed from all sins. The festival is celebrated in honor of the deity Lord Subramaniam who represents bravery, power, beauty, and virtue, and visits to temples are accompanied with gifts such as milk, honey, flowers, coconuts, and sugarcane. Many seek forgiveness for their sins by carrying kavadis, which are wooden frames supported by long, thin spikes that are pierced into the flesh of the devotee. However, those participating in this ceremony prepare days in advance by fasting, eating only certain foods, and maintaining self-discipline.

Le Tour de Langkawi
(January 26 - February 6)

This is a top-notch race with some of the world’s best cyclists competing for top spot on a grueling multi-stage route. The route starts from Langkawi and traverses the length and breadth of Peninsular Malaysia before reaching the finishing line in Kuala Lumpur. There will also be exciting cultural dances, parades, performances and other shows on display.

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