Langkawi Calendar of Events and Festivals
Year's Day: Langkawi parties late into the night
thanks to some of the most relaxed alcohol policies in predominantly
Islamic Malaysia. From Kuah to Pantai Cenang, visitors will
find celebrations organised at every resort.
Tour de Langkawi:
one of the most prestigious cycling races outside of Europe
pits top riders against each other. The challenging course
covers the island in 10 stages, offering every kind of terrain
International Water Festival:
innovative water sport exhibitions and competitions of all
kinds are the focus of this fun festival. Everything from
sand castle building to an island to island kayak races
are among fun and festive events.
International Festival of Art:
this 10-day art extravaganza includes exhibitions, workshops
and other events held at the mythical sites around the island.
Local artists showcase their talent and show how crafts
such as batik are done.
adventure racers from all over the world converge on the
island to participate in this famous stamina race. Kayaking,
mountain biking, hiking and running are among the different
sports which competitors participate in.
Extinguishing Contest: one of the most unique,
bizarre and entertaining festivals of Langkawis festivals
pits locals against the fire department to see who can put
out a fire the fastest.
Food and Fruit Fiesta: myriad exotic food and
fruits of Langkawi and Malaysia are celebrated, appreciated
and eaten in mass quantities at events organised around
the island. From cooking competitions to local produce markets,
foodies will be in heaven during this week-long extravaganza.
to celebrate independence, all of Malaysia holds
social, cultural and sporting events in a spirit of goodwill
and patriotism. Langkawi celebrates by hosting water sport
competitions and cultural fairs.
Ramadan Bazaar: the Muslim holy month of fasting
brings an amazing food bazaar to Kuah which comes alive
each evening after the sun sets. Muslims and non Muslims
alike converge on the massive market every night to enjoy
specialties not often seen during the rest of the year.
to mark the end of Ramadan, the island embarks on a two-day
holiday that sees locals open their houses. Friends, family
and curious visitors are encouraged to partake in a non-stop
banquet of food and meet some of the locals.
International Fishing Tournament: held
in the deep waters off Tukun Perak Island, anglers from
around the world come to the island to try and catch the
biggest fish. The event runs throughout the night, making
it one of the most intense fishing competitions in the region.
Celebration: the Hindu Festival of Lights is
an important tradition in multicultural Malaysia. Langkawi
adds a unique twist to the festival by opening festivities
to visitors who want to experience local culture.
Craft Festival: each year the Craft Complex at
Kedah comes alive in a celebration of the islands
traditional handicrafts. Visitors are offered shopping opportunities,
as well as the chance to learn how to do amazing arts such
as batik painting.
Harvest Festival: local non farmers and visitors
are encouraged to participate in fun traditional games related
to the harvest season in conjunction with the annual rice
harvest. Visitors can see how rice is harvested while enjoying
the happiness local farmers experience at the end of their
hard year of work.