Enjoy a bit of culture in Sabah as dance troupes from around the world serve as cultural ambassadors for the annual Sabah International Folklore Festival. Participating countries share their unique cultures through folk song and dance performances.
The Rainforest World Music Festival is a unique event that brings renowned musicians from around the world together with indigenous musicians from the interiors of Borneo. Now in its 17th edition, the event showcases Sarawak’s conservation efforts in preserving its rainforests through world music. It attracts tourists from countries such as Australia, US UK, Singapore, India, Netherlands, Italy, Ireland, Canada, Norway, France and Japan.
The formerly invisible culture of Papuan Indonesia takes center stage in this festival that celebrates Baliem Valley’s tribes. Participating villagers stage a mock battle in full regalia, followed by traditional Papuan dances, Papuan music, pig racing, and spear throwing contests.
Hari Raya Aidilfitri is celebrated by all Muslims throughout the world to mark the end of the month of Ramadan. Also known as Hari Raya Puasa, it inculcates the spirit of sharing, caring and forgiving. During this month-long celebration, Muslims invite theirrelatives and friends over to their homesto join the merriment. It is known as Hari Raya Open House. The “open house” concept is unique to Malaysian culture and is held during major festivities celebrated by Malaysians. It enhances the spirit of national unity in the country. Experience a colourful festival of culture and performances at this year’s Malaysia Aidilfitri Open House Celebration, which is open to domestic and international tourists alike.
The beautiful highlands of Dieng Plateau in Central Java will be animated with festivity from 1st to 2nd August 2015 when the Dieng Cultural Festival 2015 gets underway. Held annually as a community celebration, the festival presents a variety of art and cultural performances, Dieng's finest products exhibition, and to top it all is the unique dreadlock kids’ ritual ceremony (or Ruwatan anak gembel/gimbal).
A month-long arts festival lights up the entirety of Penang's George Town historical precinct, with plays, art installations, and exhibits turning up in the most surprising corners of the ancient city.
Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival is the traditional well-known festival in I-San and the largest religious ceremony in Ubon Ratchathani, which is held on Asalha Bucha Day and Khao Phansa Day every year. This day marks as the beginning of the rainy season retreat for the Buddhist monks. During the celebration, huge candles are prepared by people from temples throughout the province a couple of days before the procession, and then paraded through the city on floats with a beautiful lady representing an angel for each candle, each representing a local temple, district or other institution. The procession moves from in front of Wat Si Ubon Rattanaram along the road to Thung Si Mueang. There are also dancers and musicians in traditional dresses joining the parade. In addition, there are impressive exhibition of wax sculptures, which are created by the international artists from various countries.
BloodRunner is Asia's first, werewolf-themed urban obstacle night race ready to take Putrajaya by storm. Set over a 10km urban obstacle course specially created to challenge the everyday runner, BloodRunner brings an added element of thrill and excitement. Expect obstacles that will cater to runners of all levels – be it a seasoned athlete, a first-time runner or a weekend gym warrior. Food trucks are parked at the race festival site, and a post-race party features up-and-coming local bands too!
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.