The New Year’s Day celebrations may be out of the way, but the festivities never really stop in multicultural Malaysia. And with Visit Malaysia 2020 (VM2020) in full swing, locals and international visitors can look forward to an exciting and jam-packed calendar of events.
Here are some notable programmes, as suggested by Tourism Malaysia, that are taking place throughout January.
The Year of the Rat is off to an early start at Jonker Street in the historically vibrant Melaka. The popular tourist hub will be lighting up red lanterns and putting up festive decorations.
The month-long carnival will feature traditional Chinese cuisine, delectable cookies, lion dances and even special musical events.
After a successful debut last year, the City Roars Festival is back – bigger and better this time around. It is set to promote the independent music and arts scene from across the region.
The one-day festival will feature artists from Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, with side activities such as art bazaar, installations, work shops and talks.
Sailing enthusiasts from all over the world sail their boats and go through challenging wind conditions at the Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2020.
All boats will compete for prestigious titles under seven classes in this annual sailing event. The event is also set to attract a diverse crowd of spectators, including those from Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Russia, Japan, Britain, Austria, the Netherlands and the United States.
Show your love and support to young budding sailing enthusiasts at this annual event in Langkawi, Kedah. Organised by the Langkawi Development Authority, the programme aims to nurture new and young talents in sailing.
Participants will be exposed to various sailing conditions in the lovely island. The valuable experiences will help them excel at international youth competitions.
Be lulled by soothing jazzy tunes from some of the country’s best home-grown musicians. Since its inception in 2014, this show has grown to become one of the most important music festivals in the country.
The seventh iteration the festival is set to feature performances from the likes of Julian Chan Big Band, Frankie Sixes, Fazz, Grace Leong Semboyan and Wei Li Cheah Quartet. There are also free workshops, which are conducted by seasoned professionals, in the daytime.
Bring the family out for a fun and educational day at the Mudball Fight. The event is set to raise environmental awareness on how mudballs can help to preserve the health and quality of our rivers.
Participants will be challenged to make as many mudballs as they can within a time frame. Visitors can also enjoy a picnic by the riverside and take a leisurely stroll along the historical Kota Bridge.
The east coast states in the country – namely Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang – are famed for their strong textile culture. From batik to songket and tenun to telepuk, the textile in these states are renowned for their quality and flair. The East Cost Craft Textile Fest is part of a large-scale craft promotion in line with the 101st anniversary of the batik craft Industry in Kelantan. Look out for traditional food stalls, craft- making demonstrations as well as weaving.
The mid-monsoon season is the perfect time for this annual surfing event. Surfers from all over the world – namely Maldives, Australia, France, Britain and the US – will come together at the beautiful island of Tioman.
There will be plenty of conservation projects, cultural performances and exhibitions for visitors. But the highlight is, of course, the surf completion. Watch in awe as participants put their surfing skills to the test.
Gallery: What's happening in Malaysia in January 2020
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