Air Hangat Village
Galeria Perdana
Langkawi Crystaal
Kota Mahsuri
Craft Complex
Laman Padi
Pantai Chenang
Pantai Tengah
Tanjung Rhu
Underwater World
Telaga Tujuh
Taman Legenda
Dataran Lang
Ibrahim Hussein Gallery
Atma Alam Batik Village
Langkawi Wildlife Park
Beras Terbakar

The colours of Langkawi can be attributed to the varied ethnic make-up of the islanders. Although the demography is predominantly Malay, minority ethnic groups still enjoy the privileges accorded to them under the Malaysian Constitution. This can be observed in the free-practice of various religious festivals throughout the year. The healthy racial mix provides pleasant excuses to celebrate the wide range of festivals all year round. With so many festivals taking place, especially towards the end of the year, there are also joint celebrations where the colors and gaiety of the seasons are more pronounced.

Hari Raya Aidil Fitri

This is a joyous Muslim festival marking the end of a month long dawn to dusk fasting in conjunction with the month of Ramadan. The day starts with the morning prayers at mosques all over the island. It is time to ask for forgiveness and be forgiven by family members and fellow Muslims. Peculiar to the celebrative style of Malaysians, Muslim houses are open to all without the need to be invited and thousands make their way back to their respective villages in Langkawi, where the population would swell many folds for a few days. And of course, food is the highlight of any visit. Savor the wide-range of festive foods including the all-time favorite, ketupat daun palas and rendang (curried beef or chicken). This is a national holiday. Hari Raya Aidil Fitri 2008
will be celebrated on 1st October.

Hari Raya Aidil Adha

Also known as Hari Raya Haji, this festival is celebrated by Muslims to mark the 10th day of the month of Dzulhijjah, which is the 12th month of the Islamic calendar. This is the time when pilgrims complete their pilgrimage in Mecca. Prayers are held in the mornings at mosques across the islands while families hold open houses. For those who can afford it, goats and cows are sacrificed and the meat given away to the poor. Unlike in the rest of the country, except for the states of Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah and Perlis, in Langkawi it is celebrated on a scale as grand as Aidil Fitri.

Chinese New Year

Also a national holiday, the festival begins on the first day of the Chinese Lunar calendar. Chinese families get together on the eve for the reunion dinner. Red packets containing money or Ang Pow are distributed. This practice along with the giving of oranges symbolizes prosperity and good luck. Like the Christmas carolers, this is also the time to watch the nimble footwork of the lion dancers that call on Chinese households throughout the duration of the celebration.

Like Hari Raya, open houses are also the norm in Langkawi. Although celebrated by the  Chinese worldwide, the festival on the island sees noticeable Malay-ness with Malay delicacies making inroads to the food spread of the season. The festival ends on the 15th day.

Also known as the Festival of the Lights, Deepavali is celebrated by all Hindus in Langkawi. The occasion symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. Observed on the 7th month of the Hindu calendar, the day begins with the traditional 'oil bath' in Hindu households. The faithfuls make a beeline for the temples and prayer altars at home. Oil lamps grace households to signify the triumph of Lord Krishna over the evil Narakasura.

Here, again there are open houses. Guests are served with traditional Indian food such as thosai, curries, briyani rice and a wide range of delicious traditional indian cookies and sweets. This is a national holiday.


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