2010 Events in Pahang

lanterns on chinese new year
tourism malaysia advertisement on bus
picture of a colonial building in Kuantan

Wow! Great and exciting 2010 events in Pahang that everyone in the state can enjoy and participate, or at the least, observe.

We will add additional events once they are finalized, so do check this web-page from time to time.

Come rain or shine, enjoy.

2010 Events in Pahang

Date: 24 January 2010
Event : Ponggal

14th January is Ponggal day, which is regarded by the Indian communities in Malaysia as a thanksgiving occasion. A highlight of the festival is the Ponggal cooking ceremony of boiling rice with milk. When the pot overflows, it symbolizes wealth and good harvest. The festival is usually celebrated over a four-day period and can be observed in various towns in Pahang.

Date: 30 January 2010
Event: Thaipusam
Venue: Hindu Temples in the main towns of Pahang, like the Sri Selva Subramaniar Temple in Raub

Thaipusam is an annual Hindu festival where devotees perform various rituals and carry ‘kavadis’ or ornate frames as acts of devotion and penance to Lord Muruga. In Malaysia, the main venue is the world-renowned Batu Caves temple in Kuala Lumpur. Celebrations are also observed at Hindu temples in Penang, Johor and other states including Pahang.

Date: 30 January 2010
Event: Digital Pekan 1Malaysia
Venue: Dataran Pekan, Bandar Pekan DiRaja

Pekan will become the first digital and broadband district in Malaysia when the Prime Minister, Dato' Seri Najib Razak, launches the digital strategy program initiated by the Communications and Multimedia Commission here.

Date: 14 February 2010
Event: Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is a time for celebration and merrymaking, not only for the Chinese but for all Malaysians. This year is the year of the tiger in the Chinese calendar. Open houses and family reunion feasts are a common feature in the celebration and children receive ‘ang pows’ or little red money packets from their elders. Lion and dragon dance performances will excite everyone at shopping malls and homes throughout Pahang and Malaysia.

Date: 27 February 2010
Event: Chap Goh Meh Celebration

Chap Goh Meh, the 15th day of the Chinese Lunar New Year is also known as Chinese Valentine's Day. Traditionally, it is a time for young Chinese maidens to seek out their soul mate. As part of the tradition, the women will go to the beaches and throw oranges into the sea while making a wish she will get a good husband. Chap Goh Meh is also celebrated with joy and excitement to mark the end of the Chinese New Year festivities.

Date: 1-7 March 2010
Event: Le Tour de'Langkawi
Venue: various routes including Pekan

Taking place from March 1st to 7th, the race is Asia's premier cycling event with a 2.0 hors status, and will see riders contest seven different stages over a gruelling 1,002 kilometres. This year, event will travel through the Malaysian states of Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Johor, Malaka, Negeri Sembilan and Selangor, as well as the federal territories of Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur. A total of 20 teams will be competing in this year's race, including five pro-continental outfits and four foreign national teams.

Date : 26 - 28 March 2010
Event : Pesta Pantai Balok
Venue : Balok Beach

Pesta Pantai Balok is organised by the Kuantan Municipal Council (Majlis Perbandaran Kuantan). Various activities and competitions at the popular beach are being planned for families and visitors, such as coloring contests, beach football, beads and embroidery making, and kite flying.

Date: 7 May 2010
Event: Hari Hol
Venue: Pekan Bandar Diraja

Hari Hol is a solemn occasion to commemorate the passing of the past Sultans of Pahang. The ceremony is usually held in Pahang's royal town of Pekan Bandar Diraja at the royal mausoleum near the Sultan's Palace. It is a public holiday for the state of Pahang.

Date: May 28 - 28 May, 2010
Event: Wesak Day

On this day, Buddhists in Malaysia observe the birth, enlightenment and passing of Lord Buddha. Religious rituals and offerings such as chanting of holy scriptures and lighting of joss sticks usually take place in Buddhist temples. At night, there will be grand processions in the big cities of Malaysia, including Kuantan.

Date: 20 - 21 June 2010
Event: Fraser's Hill International Bird Race 2010
Venue: Fraser's Hill

Birders, especially bird-watchers and bird-photographers, will look forward to this exciting annual event. Organised by the Perbadanan Kemajuan Bukit Fraser, the objectives of the Fraser's Hill International Bird Race are to create public awareness on preserving nature and promoting Fraser's Hill as a bird sanctuary and birders paradise.

Date: 6th August - 8th August 2010
Venue: Kuala Rompin
Event: Royal Pahang Billfish International Challenge 2010

The Royal Pahang Billfish International Challenge (RPBIC) is a catch and release fishing event off the South China Sea and is a popular annual event participated by local and overseas fishing enthusiasts. Organised by the Malay newspaper, Berita Harian, this RPBIC is an IGFA qualifying circuit where the winning team of this competition will be invited to compete in the IGFA Offshore World Championship.

Date: 11 August 2010 - 9 September 2010
Event: Ramadan Bazaar

In conjunction with the Muslims’ fasting month of Ramadan, the Ramadan Bazaar is organised throughout the country. This bustling evening bazaar offers sumptuous delicacies for the breaking of fast.

Date: 31 August 2010
Event: Merdeka Day Celebration

One of the highlights of the 2010 events in Pahang is the day Malaysia celebrates its Independence Day. This historic event is celebrated by Malaysians from all walks of life. A host of activities is usually held including colorful parades attended by the Sultan, Menteri Besar, dignitaries and the public. There will be exhibitions of Malaysia's history and of course fireworks displays in the major towns of Pahang.

Date: 10 September 2010
Event: Hari Raya Aidil Fitri

After fasting from dawn to dusk for a month, Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a day that signifies victory for Muslims everywhere. On this special day, Muslims attend special morning prayers in mosques and visit the cemeteries of their loved ones. Decked in their traditional finery, friends of all races and family from near and far come together to celebrate this joyous occasion. There will be lots of tasty traditional dishes and delicacies to make the celebration memorable.

Date: 5 November 2010
Event: Deepavali

Deepavali or the ‘Festival of Lights’ is celebrated by Hindus with prayers, family gatherings and festivities. Open houses are held where family and friends of all races visit each other and enjoy tasty traditional Indian goodies.

Date: 17 November 2010
Event: Hari Raya Aidiladha

Commonly known as Hari Raya Haji by the Malays in Malaysia, this festival marks the culmination of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mekah which is performed by millions of Muslims annually. It is also known as Hari Raya Qurban (Sacrifice festival) as it is celebrated with prayers and the slaughter of cattle, sheep or goats, which are then donated to the poor.

Date: 12 - 14 December 2010
Event: Festival Seni Cipta
Venue : East Coast Mall, Kuantan

Organised by Kemas (Jabatan Kemajuan Masyarakat) Negeri Pahang, there will be exhibitions, competitions, fashion shows, sales and demonstrations on the traditional Baju Kurung Pahang, floral decorations, art of folding clothes, children's fashion, artworks and other related arts.

HRH Tengku Puan Pahang will grace and officiate on the closure of the festival on the 14th December, 2010.

Date: 25 December 2010
Event: Christmas

Our tropical weather and the friendly nature of Malaysians guarantee that Christmas in multi-cultural Malaysia will always be a very warm and joyous affair. Malaysian Christians attend church services, hold family dinners, sing carols and exchange gifts, just like other Christians around the world. The spirit of Christmas is very much alive at Christian homes as well as the shopping centres, hotels and restaurants in the big cities and towns.

Well, these events throughout the year will keep everyone excited.

So, do make sure these 2010 events in Pahang are jotted down in your diary, handphone or PDA organizer.

But especially don't forget to enjoy the delights in Pahang.

As always, from me...


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