Perak Calendar of Events
January – April
Chinese New Year is the biggest and the most important festival for the Chinese communities in Malaysia. The event is to celebrate the first day of the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Each year symbolizes one of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac.
Chap Goh Mei is often depicted as the Chinese valentine’s day. It is celebrated on the fifteenth day after Chinese New Year and marks the end of Chinese New Year celebration. During the night of Chap Goh Mei, the young maidens will throw oranges to the sea in hope to find life partners.
Sama Sama Pop is a 2 days event that is held by Sama Sama Perak in collaboration with Perak Government, Tourism Perak, 22 Hale Street Heritage Gallery, Lokalokal and Grab. This unique even is held revolving around the lifestyle, the food, the heritage and the traditional culture of the Perakians.
WOW Kampar 2019 is an event held by the student from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) and jointly organised by the Kampar District and Land Office, Kampar District Council and Grand Kampar Hotel as the host. This even gains an official support from Perak State Government and Tourism Perak Management Berhad to promote Kampar.
Thaipusam is celebrated by the Hindu devotees. It is usually celebrated with a public holiday in Perak. This event is to commemorate the event when Lord Murugan was given the spear by Parvati to vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman. It also commonly believed that Thaipusam marks Murugan’s birthday.
May – August
Hari Raya Aidilfitri is celebrated by the Muslim devotees in Kuala Lumpur. It is to celebrate the end of the fasting month which is Ramadhan. The date changes every year because it relies on the calculation of Hijrah Calendar (It starts when the prophet moved from Mecca to Madinah).
Wesak day is celebrated by Buddha devotees in Perak. It is also known as Buddha Day. It is to commemorate the birth of Buddha Gautama, the enlightenment and his departure from the human world. Wesak Day doesn’t have a fix date. It usually falls on May or June every year.
Kampar River Festival is the 1st International White-Water Rafting held in Malaysia. This Festival offers variety of activities which are rafting race, kayak race, tubing race, rafters gathering, and “sukan rakyat”.
Hari Raya Aidiladha is celebrated by the Muslim devotees in Kuala Lumpur. It is to commemorate the prophet’s Abraham sacrificial act towards the god and it marks the end of the pilgrimage season in Mecca.
Zoorama is an annual event held by Taiping Town Council in collaboration with Zoo Taiping. Many activities are line up for the public such as exhibitions from various environmental departments, daily lucky draws, quizzes, educational tours, zoo explorace and art competitions.
The Independence Day falls on 31st August every year. It is also known as Merdeka Day. It is celebrated to commemorate Malaysia’s Independence from British Colonization in 1957. Just like new year, there will be fireworks during the eve of Merdeka Day. Merdeka Day parade is conducted in the morning of the Merdeka Day.
September – December
Deepavali or also known as the Festival of Light is celebrated by the Hindu devotees in Malaysia. It is celebrated to commemorate Lord Rama and his wife Sita’s return to Ayodhya after 14-years of exile. It symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.
Perak Festival of ideas is an event that allow the participants to LEARN, DO, EXPERIENCE, EXPLORE, and COMPETE over wide range of subject matter. It is a platform that translates ideas into actions, creating a lasting legacy for the people in Perak and at the same time positioning Perak as a knowledge based state.