The Chinese in Singapore pay their respects to the dead through several weeks in August, during the time when the "Gates of Hell" are believed to open and release the souls of the dead into the world. Go to Singapore's heartlands to watch this festival play out via food offerings and getai performances for the benefit of the visiting souls from the underworld.
For the first time in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, the Holy Relics of Rasulullah Muhammad (S.A.W.) will be put on display in an exhibition at the Royal Museum Kuala Lumpur from 27 July to 9 August. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to personally witness the Sacred Hair of Rasulullah Muhammad (S.A.W.) and other Holy Relics. H.E. Dr. Sheikh Ahmad Al Khazraji, the Prince of Al- Ansar and son of H.E. Sheikh Muhammed Al Khazraji, former Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, United Arab Emirates, has inherited many articles belonging to Rasulullah (S.A.W.). He is a descendant from the Khazraj tribe, one of the prominent tribes in Yathrib (Madinah) during the era of the prophet. Without his generous consent, Muslims from this part of the world will never have the opportunity to see the Sacred Hair of Rasulullah Muhamad (S.A.W.). Admission isfree. In conjunction with the exhibition, a Global Islamic Conference (GIC), which will bring together world renowned speakers, scholars, academicians and thinkers to discuss the sublime characteristics and noble personality of Rasulullah Muhammad (S.A.W.), will be held at the Putrajaya Convention Centre Plenary Hall from 1 to 2 August. Meanwhile, an International Islamic Fair (IIF), which promotes progressive Islamic lifestyle in Malaysia will be held at the Royal Museum from 6 to 9 August.
The Sandugo Festival is an annual celebration every july, here in the island of Bohol, Tagbilaran City...
For centuries, Penang has been home to communities from all over the world. This year, why not celebrate the Japanese culture and traditions on this heritage island? The Bon Odori Festival is a traditional summer festival in which the people of Japan honour their ancestors who have passed on, and celebrate their on-going presence in the lives they enjoy today. Also known as Obon, the main event is traditional music and dancing in the streets. Many festival-goers dress in Japanese Kimono, Yukata or Happi coats. Happening in the heart of George Town, this year’s event features Japanese food and refreshments, Taiko and martial arts performances, craft exhibits as well as demonstrations.
This marks the beginning of the Buddhist Lent...
The Pattaya Marathon is one of the most popular Pattaya events and it is held annually. Also known as the King's Cup marathon, this annual event is a large scale marathon and half-marathon running that attracts athletes from all over the world to participate. The King's Cup marathon is such a big deal for athletes that is has become one of the most celebrated sports-related Pattaya festivals. Not only Thai residents are allowed to participate, but people from worldwide are also welcomed to participate this joyful event. It brings many people to the borders of Pattaya, especially serious athletes from around the world that are looking to dominate in the races.
To mark the end of Ramadhan, Muslims celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri...
For three days in July, the skies over Padang Galak in Sanur Beach, Bali come alive with dozens of Balinese traditional kites in various sizes and shapes. The biggest kites can be up to 10 metres in length; the designs can range from Bebean (fish) to the Janggan (birds) with tails extending several times the length of the actual kite!
After fasting from dawn to dusk for a month, Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a day that signifies victory for Muslims everywhere. On this special day, Muslims attend special morning prayers in mosques and visit the cemeteries of their loved ones. Decked in their traditional finery, friends and family from near and far come together to celebrate this joyous occasion. There will be lots of tasty delicacies to make the celebration memorable!
The end of Ramadan is marked with feasting, family reunions, and open houses in the Muslim-majority countries of Indonesia and Malaysia; Eid is also a public holiday in Singapore, which has a vibrant Malay community.
22 - 26 January 2018