6 Mid Autumn Festival Traditions in Malaysia

Mid-Autumn Festival, or 中秋节, is also known as Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival in Malaysia. For the Chinese community, this is a beloved cultural heritage that manifests with delightful lantern parades, mooncakes sold in every corner, along with a bright and round moon that beckons loved ones near and far to come together.

Falling on the 15th day of the eighth month within the Lunar Calendar, it is a wonderful festival to be a part of whenever you are in the country.

While the celebrations in Malaysia may not be as festive as that in other countries like China, there are still several traditions that are still practised by the local community.

Mid Autumn Festival Traditions in Malaysia

Here are 6 Mid-Autumn Festival traditions in Malaysia you should know.

Places like Thean Hou Temple, Central Market and Petaling Street become vibrant for the celebration.

Mooncakes are sold as early as a month before. Be sure to marvel at the different (and even unconventional) flavors offered!

Read next: 50 Desserts in Malaysia You Should Know

Lantern walks – a tradition most children from Chinese households would remember.

Join a traditional lantern making workshop in Ipoh.

Lion dances and dragon dances commonly make an appearance during Mid-Autumn Festival.

The offerings are given to Chinese deities and sometimes the Goddess of the Moon.

Because at the end of the day, it is all about being with family.

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Image References: Thean Hou Temple – chee.hong; Mooncake – visualdensity; Prayer – Marufish; Lanterns – Instagram/ramona revi


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