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Le Tour de Langkawi is the most prestigious cycling sports event in all of Asia. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) considers Le Tour de Langkawi, now on its 14th year, as a major stop in its Asia Tour. Official site.
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February 15-20: Pasir Gudang International Kite FestivalThe Pasir Gudang International Kite Festival in Johor brings competitors from all over the world to the windy hill of Bukit Layang-Layang. The festival is a showcase of international kites, and an opportunity for kite fanatics to attend the festival's exhibitions, workshops, and Malaysian cultural performances.
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May 14-June 15: Colours of MalaysiaA month-long celebration of Malaysia's culture, Colours of Malaysia kicks off a series of cultural events, culinary exhibitions, and fancy parties. Tourists will get a close look at the cultures and traditions that make Malaysia what it is today. Colours of Malaysia will be launched at Dataran Merdeka, in the capital of Kuala Lumpur, with roadshows to follow in the states of Johor, Sabah, Negeri Sembilan, Terengganu, and Penang.
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March 12-13: Raptor Watch Weekend
Raptor Watch Weekend is an annual ecotourism event that celebrates the migration of raptors (birds of prey) flying back to their breeding grounds further north. We're talking about thousands of predatory birds migrating north and stopping by Tanjung Tuan to rest. Raptor Watch Weekend visitors get a rare chance to see goshawks, honey-buzzards, sparrowhawks, and many other avian species in flight. Official site.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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April (TBA): Malaysia Water Festival LaunchThe month-long Malaysia Water Festival kicks off at the Johor beach resort of Desaru. Malaysia celebrates a whole month of beach activities and water sports, including parasailing, jet-skiing, kayaking, boat racing, and more.
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April 8-10: Petronas Malaysian F1 Grand Prix 2011
Since 1999, the Malaysia Grand Prix has become a popular (and comparatively affordable) destination for Formula One fans. The Sepang International Circuit in Selangor is 3.44 miles in length, with a challenging track that is the stuff of driver's nightmares - a 15-turn nightmare with high-speed straightaways and hairpin turns. Official site.
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April 30-May 1: Sabah FestA celebration of all things Sabah: cultural activities celebrate the Malaysian state's diverse musical, culinary, and fashion traditions. The event occurs mainly in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
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June (TBA): Sabah Dragon Boat RaceAn international event that brings dragon boat teams to Kota Kinabalu from as far as Australia, Japan, and China.Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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Gawai Dayak is a multi-day festival to honor the indigenous people. Gawai Dayak translates to "Dayak Day"; the Dayak ethnic group that encompasses the Iban, Bidayuh, Kayan, Kenyah, Kelabit and Murut tribes. For the Dayak, the holiday is more than just a show for tourists - families celebrate the day with as much joy and aplomb as a New Year celebration, with reunions, weddings, and parties going on all around.
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July-August (TBA): Malaysia Mega SaleThe biggest sale in the country offers great discounts and special one-time offers on a wide assortment of retail goodies - clothing, electronic appliances, bags, and more! Official site.
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July 8-11: Sarawak Rainforest World Music Festival
The Sarawak Culture Village in Kuching plays host to musicians from all over the globe, who gather here to share their unique strain of world music. The Rainforest Music Festival - one of the largest music festivals in Southeast Asia - is an exciting culmination of culture, workshops, and live entertainment held for three days every year just outside of Kuching, Malaysia.
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August 1-31: Merdeka Month CelebrationAll throughout August, Malaysia celebrates its 51st year of independence with parades, fireworks, and many, many parties.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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August 1-30: Ramadan BazaarIn the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Malays fast throughout the day, but make up for it by sampling good food at vibrant bazaars throughout the country. In Kuala Lumpur, the Ramadan Bazaar at Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman is especially popular - here, delicious Malay dishes are served with lots of flair, particularly bubur lambuk, a savoury porridge.
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December 6-10: Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA)
The Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) exhibits the newest developments in aerospace technology in a balmy, tropical setting. Already on the world's list of premier airshows, the event will be held at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC) next to the Langkawi International Airport. Come to see the daily four-hour flying displays, a must for any flying fan. Official site.
Malaysia events are decidedly more Western these days - the power that be are promoting events that move far beyond traditional Malaysian festivities, now covering Formula One, retail therapy, the aerospace industry, and extreme sports. Here is a more-or-less complete list of major events and festivals in Malaysia - although times and dates may change without further notice.