Arts, Culture, Festivals, Events, Sports & Recreation
Many traditional arts, culture and handicrafts are kept alive by the communities.
During festivals and special occasions the communities perform traditional dances and shows. Besides the religious festivals, the communities get together to celebrate public events like the Chingay in Penang and Merdeka Day. In the eastern states, the harvest season is celebrated with giant kites, top spinning and traditional puppet shows.
Many Malaysian festivals are celebrated based on the religious calendar of the multi-cultural and multi-racial society. To many, it means house decoration, new clothes, stocking up cakes and cookies, visiting friends and relatives and enjoying the public holiday.
Malaysians are enthusiastic sports lovers. Popular national sports are soccer, badminton, hockey, tennis and squash. The country is one of the best badminton nations in the world and has produced many world champions in the past.
Golf is growing in popularity and many excellent courses are built around the country.
The F1 Grand Prix is raced in Sepang, 40 km south of Kuala Lumpur each year and attracts huge number of visitors from overseas.
Diving is another very popular Malaysian sport. The rugged coasts in the eastern states and Borneo offer excellent dive sites. The warm waters that surround Malaysia attract many varieties of marine creatures.
Cave Exploration is a new adventure in Malaysia but it attracts many fans from overseas. Borneo is home to the majestic forest, massive limestone formations and giant caves.