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Festivals in Penang

On the island, it’s either rain or shine or somewhere in between for 365 days a year. 

If you are from a seasonal country, you might wonder how people living in the tropics feel the changes of time.  For example, instead of forgetting what day it is, Mark tends to forget what month it is.

In Penang, we experience the changes of time through festivals.  With our diverse community, there is always a festival being celebrated, which we immediately associate with a month.

Sometimes a festival involves loud music & rituals or fire-crackers & lion-dancing or smashing thousands of coconuts or splashing water on anyone near you. But they all share the common tradition of feasting, which luckily, is open to everyone.

You can experience authentic festivals from all over the Asian region in just one place - Penang.  So no matter what month of the year you visit, it is always festival season in Penang!

Find Festivals on Capturing Penang:
...Hindu Festival at Sri Sakthi Durga Amman Temple (January 10, 16 & 18, 2011)
...Ponggal Festival (January 15, 2011) 
*Thaipusam (January 19-21, 2011)
...Orchid Festival (March 2011)
...Citrapaurnami Festival (April 16-17, 2011)
...Floral Festival (May 28 - June 5, 2011)
...Dragon Boat Festival or Duanwu Festival (June 6, 2011)
...Durian Festival (30 days starting on June 1, 2011)
*George Town Festival (31 days starting on July 1, 2011)  - Hertiage celebration on July 7, 8, 9
...Ramadan (30 days starting on August 1, 2011) 
*Hungry Ghost Festival (30 days starting on July 31, 2011)
...Mid-Autumn Festival (also called Lantern or Mooncake Festival) (September 12, 2011)
...Nine Emperor Gods Festival (9 days in October 2011)
...Navarathiri Festival (9 days in October 2011)
...Deepavali (October 26, 2011)
...Loi Krathong (November 2011)

*Biggest Festivals in Penang