Malaysia Events Calendar 2022
Major Events & Festivals

Our Malaysia Events Calendar for 2022 is looking a bit sparse at present as  Malaysia and the rest of the world slowly recovers from the grip of Covid-19.  A few events have been scheduled and announced for 2022 and these are detailed below. It is hoped that more will be added in due course as life slowly returns to normal.

In the meantime if any promoter has any 2022 event which they would like to have publicised please contact me with the details and I will add them to this page.


There's always something going on Malaysia whatever the month. With this Malaysia Events Calendar 2022 you can see month by month all the major festivals and activities planned for this year. 

Of course Malaysia, with its year-round tropical climate, does not have the seasonal variations that many countries experience. Most of the top attractions appearing on this website are available all year round such as climbing Mt. Kinabalu, exploring the national parks and caves, or just relaxing on the beach.

Some of the East Coast beaches and islands have a low season when the northeast monsoon makes the seas too choppy (November to February) but beaches elsewhere in the country are enjoyable throughout the year.

If you are planning a trip to Malaysia it is always sensible to check what events are scheduled for your proposed dates. Even if you don't want to participate in the events yourself they might affect hotel room and air ticket availability and prices.

School holidays also affect hotel prices and availability. These are the school holiday dates for Malaysia in 2022 as announced by the Ministry of Education:

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS CALENDAR FOR 2022

For schools in Perlis, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Pahang, Sabah, Sarawak, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya

Term Holidays

  • Term 1 Holidays: Mon 14 Mar  - Tue 22 Mar 22
  • Mid-year Holidays: Mon 23 May - Tue 7 Jun 22
  • Term 2 Holidays: Thu 25 Jul  - Tue 2 Aug 22
  • End-year Holidays: Mon 21 Nov - Sat 31 Dec 22
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NB Schools in Johor, Kedah, Kelantan & Terengganu begin and end a day earlier.

Source: Education Ministry (www.moe.gov.my)

Other School & Public National Holidays

  • New Year's Day Wed 1 Jan 2022 (all states except Kedah, Johor, Kelantan, Perlis and Terengganu)
  • Chinese New Year:  30 Jan - 3 Feb 22
  • Labour Day 1 May 2022
  • Hari Raya Aidilfitri * 2 May - 6 May 2022
  • Vesak Day 15 May 2022
  • Yang di Pertuan Agong's Birthday 6 Jun 2022
  • Hari Raya Haji * 10 Jul 2022
  • Awal Muharram 30 Jul 2022 
  • National Day Mon 31 Aug 2022
  • Malaysia Day Wed 16 Sep 2022
  • Deepavali (all states except Sarawak)*: 23 - 26 Oct 2022
  • Prophet Muhammad's Birthday 9 Oct 2022
  • Christmas  25 Dec 2022

* Subject to change

In addition to the above there are a number of state holidays which apply in specific states only. 


One venue which has different events going on all year is Istana Budaya, Malaysia’s national performing arts theatre, home to cultural events such as classical music concerts, local and international theatre shows, traditional local music, opera, dance performances and so on.


Malaysia Events Calendar 2022 Month by Month

Some of the dates are tentative at this stage. I shall be updating the page throughout the year as and when timings are confirmed.


Things to Do In January 2022 in Malaysia

january

Taman Warisan Pertanian in Putrajaya is holding a fair from January 28 to 30 showcasing the park's agricultural produce. That is always a nice place to visit.

Ponggal is a four-day Hindu thanksgiving event with festivities running from 14-17 January 2022. Celebratory events will no doubt be held  at Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Penang and at various locales around the country.

This year Thaipussam falls on 18 January 2022. Every year before Covid,  huge crowds would witness  a 15km chariot procession from Kuala Lumpur up to the amazing Batu Caves. Festivities will take place elsewhere in Malaysia including Little India in Penang. It remains to be seen what events will be permitted this year.


Exciting Festivals in Malaysia in February 2022

february

Chinese New Year falls on 1 February this year.  Hopefully you can see how Malaysians welcome in the Year of the Tiger with joyful celebrations, lion dances, fireworks and lots of food. Some of the main temples have splendid light and lantern displays at this time of year, including Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang  and Thean Hou Temple in KL. In Jenjarom, Selangor, the FGS Dong Zen Temple usually holds its Chinese New Year Lantern & Flora Festival in the first fortnight after Chinese New Year.


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March 2022

march

March usually hosts  Raptor Watch, Malaysia's biggest and best eco-tourism event. Organized by the Malaysian Nature Society, it is normally held on the first weekend in March  at Tanjung Tuan Wildlife Reserve (Cape Rachado). Even if MNS is unable to to hold the event due to Covid-19 restrictions , the raptors will be coming anyway on their annual migration back to the northern hemisphere.

The Putrajaya Bridge Night Ride, a much-anticipated cycling race, is set to return this year, scheduled for March 11 and 12.


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What's on in Malaysia in April 2022?

april

ANZAC Day, 25 Apr 2022, is to be marked as usual in a poignant ceremony at Sandakan Memorial Park, the starting point of the infamous Death Marches, restrictions permitting.

The fasting month of Ramadan is one of the highlights of the annual calendar and special food stalls and bazaars spring up all over Malaysia during this time. Ramadan this year will last approximately from 2 April - 2 May 2022.


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Things to do in Malaysia in May 2022

may

Wesak Day marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. This year, Wesak Day falls on 15 May 2022 and, if restrictions allow, activities will be held in Buddhist temples all over the country such as at Maha Vihara Buddhist Temple in Brickfields.

Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a nationwide celebration marking the end of the fasting month. This year it falls around 2-6 May 2022.

Tadua Ka'Amatan or harvest festival will be marked in Sabah and Labuan on May 29th and 30th.


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Exciting Festivals in Malaysia in June 2022

june

Gawai Dayak, 1st - 2nd Jun 2022, is a harvest festival celebrated all over Sarawak by the state's indigenous people in traditional costumes. 


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Activities in Malaysia in July 2022

july

July 6th has been declared Agnes Keith Day (her birthday) and visitors are invited to visit the famous author’s former residence in Sandakan which has been turned into a museum.

St. Anne's Church in Bukit Mertajam, Penang is the focal point for the annual 10-day St Anne's Novena and Feast Day celebrations which takes place at the end of July annually. 

A popular Japanese-themed event is the Bon Odori Festival . Last year's event was cancelled due to Covid. WE await announcment for 2022. 

Putrajaya is staging the  National Tree Climbing Challenge from July 16 to 17,to provide arborists in the region a competitive and educational opportunity to demonstrate and exchange new tree climbing techniques.


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What's On in Malaysia in August 2022?

august

The Malaysia & Singapore Vintage Car Register is staging its Johor Estate Run at Leisure Farm Resort, Gelang Patah, Johor on 20-21st August 2022. The event will feature a static car & motorcycle display plus the fellowship dinner on Saturday, with the competitive estate run on Sunday. The run is a single-car time trial, run on a mix of paved roads and some laterite tracks in a wooded area within the Leisure Farm resort. It's a competitive event with prizes for different classes of car and motorcycles.

National Day, or Hari Merdeka, is on 31st August 2022 and, Covid permitting,  parades and other activities will be held to celebrate the day on which the country achieved its independence from Britain.

Royal Floria 2022, Putrajaya's highly popular annual flower and garden festival, is set to return this year and should not be missed by garden lovers. It takes place from 29th August - 4th September 2022 at Anjung Floria, Putrajaya, Presint 4.

Vinayagar Chaturthi is when thousands of Hindu worshippers gather at temples such as Kortumalai Pillayar Temple in Jalan Pudu Lama to make offerings to the deity Lord Ganesh. This festival will fall on 31 Aug 2022.


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Things to do in Malaysia in September 2022

september

Majestic Johor Festival will take place at Puteri Harbour, Iskandar Puteri, Johor Bahru from 8 - 18 September 2022. This major event in Johor's calendar will have more than 100 stalls, various performances, exhibitions and parades.

The Putrajaya Inter Park Ride, a fun cycling event, is set to return from 17 - 18 September after a few years’ absence.


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Exciting Events in Malaysia in October 2022

october

The Selangor R&D and Innovation Expo 2022 will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 6 - 9 October 2022. This is the 3rd annual Expo and allows participants to showcase their latest inventions and ideas to investors, manufacturers, and marketers in ASEAN and beyond.

The Tamu Besar traditional open-air market is usually held in October in Kota Belud, Sabah. Highlights include Bajau Horsemen (known as Cowboys of the East), a beauty pageant and water buffalo race. Watch out for the dates to be announced.

Over in Sarawak, the Siniawan Heritage Fiesta, usually held during October each year, is when this small town about 20km away from Kuching shows off its cultural heritage. Look out for dates.

Justin Bieber's World Tour reaches Kuala Lumpur on 22 October and will play one show at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium. 

Deepavali (Diwali) or the 'Festival of Lights' falls on 24 October 2022 this year. Open houses are held where family and friends visit each other and enjoy delicious traditional food. 


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Activities in Malaysia in November 2022

november

Annual Remembrance Day ceremonies will be held at the Labuan Commonwealth War Graves on 11 Nov 2022 to remember those who fell in the defence and liberation of Borneo during WWII.

The Putrajaya Bird Race is pencilled in for 19-20 November 2022.


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What's on in Malaysia in December 2022?

december

In the run up to Christmas, i-City in Shah Alam, with its forest of digital lights and Snowalk attractions, is especially popular at this time of year. Homeowners in the Portuguese Settlement in Melaka take pride in decorating their houses inside and out at Christmas. Elsewhere, some of the best Xmas decoration displays can be found in KL's top shopping malls such as Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysians like to see in the New Year with enthusiastic celebrations and plenty of cheer. Lavish firework displays are held in major towns all over the country. Light and Motion Putrajaya LAMPU illuminates Putrajaya with a spectacular sound and light display projected on some of the city’s major landmarks and this year is set to return  from 30 December 2022 - 1 January 2023.

That's it! I'll add more items to this Malaysia Events Calendar as the year progresses.

If you are organising any events in Malaysia this year which you would like to publicise, feel free to provide details on my Contact page and I will include them on this calendar free of charge.


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