It’s going to one full-filled packed month in March as there are so many options for tourists, sporting and cultural enthusiasts and if you just like to shop till you drop!
MARCH is a great month for tourists as it’s filled with festivals and events. There’s also great sales and if you’re Malaysian it’s the best time to travel domestically as there’s also the week-long school holidays.
It’s the Malaysia Year Of Festivals (MyFEST) after all and the theme for the it is “Endless Celebrations”, which is even certainly apt for March.
You have three big sporting international events, three big cultural events, one international defence exhibition with a carnival, and event that’s even up in the air. All this and a mega sale where you now have two new malls to help with your shopping options!
Chap Goh Meh Celebration (March 5)
It is celebrated on the 15th night of the Lunar New Year and it is also known as the Chinese Valentine’s Day. On this night, with the full moon shining down, young ladies of marrying age venture out to popular sea promenades to throw oranges into the sea, wishing for a good soul mate.
In Penang, the celebration takes place at the Esplanade waterfront. Enjoy delicious Penang Street food as well as games, performances and a grand fireworks display.
Organiser : Penang State Tourism Development & Culture Office
Mah Meri Ancestors Day Festival (March 7)
This annual festival of the aboriginal Mah Meri attracts many international visitors. The Mah Meri tribe of Selangor celebrates Hari
Moyang (Ancestor’s Day), a celebration about giving thanks to the spirits for all the good things that had been bestowed upon the villagers. It is celebrated by offering prayers and blessings to their ancestors especially to Muyang Gadeng, a female spirit guardian. Mah Meri people are skilful with craft work and wood sculptures, their weaving skills are seen showcased in the neatly woven skirts, headbands and sashes
worn during the celebration.
This three-day festival features a special dance called Mayin Jo-oh, to invite the ancestral spirits to join the festivity. The men would wear
wooden masks and perform with movements to reflect their daily routine which includes fishing and farming, while the women make
music from bamboo, viola, drum, and brass gong.
Organiser: Mah Meri Cultural Village
Venue : Mah Meri Cultural Village, Pulau Carey, Selangor
Le Tour de Langkawi 2015 (March 8 to 15)
Asia’s premier cycling event, Le Tour de Langkawi 2015 features 22 international teams, and the 20th edition goes through many states namely Kedah, Perak, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan covering 1,000km over eight stages. It is one of the biggest events on the UCI Asia Tour Calendar.
Organiser : Ministry of Youth and Sport, Human Voyage (M) Sdn Bhd.
Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (HABF) (March 12 to 15)
Enjoy a spectacular scenery as beautiful helium balloons decorate the Putrajaya’s skyline during the Putrajaya HABF. Photo enthusiasts and selfie lovers will have the time of their lives snapping away during this colourful spectacle, while other visitors can experience viewing Putrajaya from a bird’s eye view with the “Helicopter Joy Ride” attraction! Don’t forget to bring your picnic mats to the picnic area, where you can pick up a bean bag and choose a spot to laze with a stunning view of the Putrajaya Lake, while enjoying your pre-ordered meal from the “balloon and breakfast” menu.
Organiser : AKA Balloon Sdn. Bhd with the cooperation Of Putrajaya Corporation
Venue : Monumen Alaf Baru, Precinct 2 Putrajaya
Raptor Watch Week (March 14)
Raptor Watch is an exciting event for birdwatchers. Enthusiasts converge at Tanjung Tuan, to watch the annual migration of these birds of prey on their journey back to the northern hemisphere.
Organiser: Malaysian Nature Society
Venue : Tanjung Tuan Lighthouse, Melaka
International Drum Festival (March 14-15)
Drums are one of the signature products of Malaysia’s tourism. This festival showcases various drum performances and drum-making workshops to share this art of craft-making and playing to the new generation. This programme not only promotes Malaysia’s great culture but is also a platform to hand down drum-making knowledge to the younger generation. Without this effort, Malaysia may lose the art and know-how of this craft that is popular amongst tourists.
Organiser: Kelantan Tourist Information Counter (TIC)
Venue : Stadium Sultan Muhamad IV Grounds, Kota Baru, Kelantan
LIMA’15 Tourism Carnival (March 17 to 21)
The biennial event is organised by the Tourism and Culture Ministry (MOTAC) and held in conjunction with the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA 2015), a dedicated exhibition for defence, civil and commercial applications.
Venue : Langkawi Island
Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix (March 27 to 29)
Catch the blazing action of high speed burning rubber on one of the world’s most challenging tracks as the 2015 Formula 1 Petronas
Malaysia Grand Prix returns. Eleven teams and 22 drivers will be competing at the world’s hottest race.
Organiser: Sepang International Circuit Sdn. Bhd.
Venue : Sepang International Circuit, Selangor
1Malaysia GP Sale (March 14 to Apr 5)
It is held in conjunction with the annual Formula 1 Grand Prix race event. This event is one of the three great sales of the year besides the Malaysia Mega Sale and the Malaysia Year End Sale. Stores around Malaysia offer great bargains and discounts.
Organiser: Shopping Malaysia Secretariat, Tourism Malaysia
Say hello to two of the latest malls to hit the Klang Valley. The first is IOI City Mall (www.ioicitymall.com.my) located in Putrajaya – just 20 minutes from KLIA and 30 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur. It has over 350 specialty stores, and restaurants, and a huge movie theatre. An interesting feature of the mall is the Olympic size skating rink and indoor sports- and recreation-themed action adventure park called “District21”.
There’s also the Quill City Mall (www.quillcitymall.com.my) located along Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL. It has more than 320 trendy lifestyle stores, an entertainment hub and an exclusive Kid Zone spread across its spacious area. There’s a sky alfresco dining area, the first of its kind in KL with a dining area that has an organically shaped roof consisting of multi-coloured glass and opaque panels that allow for maximum daylight and fantastic views of the surrounding area.
All information is correct at time of publication.