|2018||16 Feb||Fri||Chinese New Year||National|
|17 Feb||Sat||Chinese New Year||National|
A large number of people in Malaysia are Chinese descent, that’s why Chinese New Year is a popular festival and national holiday. Chinese New Year is also called “Spring Festival” because it comes in the springtime based on the Chinese lunar calendar.
Chinese New Year is the most popular annually celebrated festival for people of Chinese community all over the world. In Malaysia, it is known as Balik Kampung, which means back to the village. In this occasion, the peoples, who live in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia are finally going back to their home after a long time. The first 2 days of Chinese New Year are public holidays.
In Malaysia, people clean their house and family members decorate their house with flowers before the day arrived. They cook a special meal with a large stash of food for the New Year’s Eve dinner. People wore new clothes in this day and gave greeting cards to one another.
In Malaysia or all over the world, Chinese New Year is celebrated for 15 consecutive days from the first day of the first month of the year. But the first three days are so important in this celebration process. The celebration comes to an end in the 15th and final day with a big event, called as Chao Goh Mei, in which they decorate their house with colorful lights. It is the Chinese Valentine’s Day, in which single women are allowed to venture out of their houses. Fireworks held on this day as a sign of grand finale of the celebration. They create a stage in the center of the town and perform in the stage.
In the first day of New Year, people wish others and the day comes to an end with a grand dinner in the home. People visit others homes on the second day and they spend the third day by remembering the memories of family members that passed away. The seventh day is the traditional day for the Yusheng. By celebrating the birthday of Jade Emperor, they celebrate the ninth day.
In this festival, the whole Malaysia is decorated with a festive mode. Roads, Malls, Hotels, Houses all are decorated with lights and flowers and other decoration materials.