MYFEST FAMILY FUN
What's more important than family? Spending as much time as possible with loved ones is a vital ingredient to happiness, which is why MyFEST 2015 has in store a calendar packed with festivities of every genre; from cultural, shopping and internationally acclaimed events to arts, music and food exhibitions, as well as many other surprises, focusing a lot on family-friendly fun. Here are just some of the possible celebrations that you and your family could enjoy.
In the month of March, experience a unique and intriguing outlook on the aboriginal lifestyle of the Mah Meri at the Mah Meri Ancestors Day Festival. On 7 March 2015, this annual festival of the aboriginal Mah Meri attracts international visitors from all walks of life for a sneak peek of the lifestyle and culture of the Mah Meri.
Visitors can see and experience various interesting spiritual and cultural ceremonies for a truly exciting experience indeed.
Soon after that, on 14 and 15 March 2015 at the Perkarangan Stadium Muhamad IV, get ready to march to the tune of a thousand drums at the International Drum Festival, an exhibition platform that showcases various drum performances and drum-making workshops to share this art of craft-making to the new generation. Drums are one of the signature products in Malaysia's tourism offerings.
If you're looking for something a little more upbeat, why not bring the kids to see the energetic and exciting performance of Grease the Musical; a world famous musical that has also been elevated to the silver screen, which will be a hit with the multi-racial Malaysian audience. This memorable musical features evergreen hit songs from various genres of music from 18 to 30 April 2015 at Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur.
The Penang World Music Festival 2015 is another event you wouldn't want to miss if you and your family are into music. Happening at the Quarry Park on 11 and 12 April, this event celebrates the diversity of world music, featuring a repertoire of performances ranging from traditional to fusion. Expect mind blowing performances from Brazil, Ecuador, Bulgaria, South Africa, Poland, Uzbekistan and many more. This outdoor festival takes place at the Penang Botanic Gardens, which also includes music workshops by the featured artists.
Next, take the family along for a holiday filled with sun, sea and sand at the Labuan National Water Festival 2015 from 24 to 26 April 2015 in Labuan, where exciting water activities and side events will be featured. Annually, this event has been well-received by domestic and international water sports enthusiasts.
Muslims families will be glad to hear that much preparation has gone into making this year's Ramadhan special with the Festival Ramadhan from 18 June to 17 July 2015 at Kuala Lumpur. This programme is a tribute to the month of Ramadhan as a month of worship and caring among human beings through welfare practices. It also helps to foster closer ties through participation in various community programmes and festival activities; while promoting Islamic arts and culture to both local and international tourists.
Discover new insights about birds amidst a cool and tranquil hill resort. Come on over to Fraser's Hill from 12 -14 June 2015 at the Fraser's Hill International Bird Race. This fun and educational annual event attracts bird enthusiasts from around the world including those from the United Kingdom, China, Australia, South Africa and other countries.
One of the biggest Muslim festivals in the country, the Malaysia Aidilfitri Open House Celebration, will be taking place on 1 August 2015 at Rembau, Negeri Sembilan. Come and enjoy the spectacular sights and sounds, not to mention the fabulous food spreads and festive delicacies. Guests will be enthralled by cultural performances that truly bring out the true colours and mesmerising traditions of the local Malays.
Scintillating lights beckon at the Lantern Festival taking place in Petaling Street and other major shopping centres, including KLCC and Pavilion Kuala Lumpur especially on 19 September 2015, which is the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese calendar, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Cake Festival. This is a special time where families spend time with each other and exchange mooncakes while children play with colourful lanterns of various shapes and designs. Shopping centres, landmarks and Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur will be decorated with these scintillating lanterns, while a wide range of activities add merriment to the festive atmosphere.
These aforementioned festivities are just a few of the numerous other thrilling events that you and your family can enjoy and bond over. So get ready for a year of endless celebrations and joy with MyFEST 2015!
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MALAYSIA TOURISM PROMOTION BOARD OR TOURISM MALAYSIA is an agency under the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Malaysia. Tourism Malaysia focuses on the specific task of promoting Malaysia at all levels. Since its inception, Tourism Malaysia has grown by leaps and bounds and it has emerged as a major player in the international tourism scene. In 2013, Malaysia registered 25.7 million tourist arrivals and RM65.4 billion in receipts, making tourism its second largest foreign exchange earner and the sixth highest contributor to its Gross National Income (GNI).
Malaysia celebrated its fourth VISIT MALAYSIA YEAR (VMY) in 2014 with the theme "Celebrating 1Malaysia Truly Asia". The promotion of the country continues with the MALAYSIA YEAR OF FESTIVALS (MyFEST) campaign in 2015 with the theme "Endless Celebrations" emphasising the various festivals celebrated by its multicultural society. Both campaigns are key drivers towards achieving the country's target of 36 million tourist arrivals and RM168 billion in receipts by 2020, as outlined in the Tourism NKEA (National Key Economic Area).
Through the Tourism NKEA, collaborative efforts between the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, other Government agencies and the private sector have been enhanced to help secure Malaysia's position as a leading tourist destination. The targets set under the Tourism NKEA will be achieved through the implementation of twelve Entry Point Projects (EPPs) clustered under five themes: Affordable Luxury; Nature Adventure; Family Fun; Events, Entertainment, Spa and Sports; and Business Tourism.
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