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Explore the Fascinating and Most Famous Chinese Traditions in Malaysia

Updated: May 18, 2023


Malaysia is a multicultural country with a rich history and diverse population. Chinese traditions have had a large impact on Malaysian culture, especially in the contexts of food, language, religion, and beliefs. In this blog post, we will look at three of the most popular Chinese traditions celebrated in Malaysia.


1. Lunar Chinese New Year

The most important event for Malaysia's Chinese community is the Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year. This festival generally lasts 15 days and includes lion dances, dragon dances, fireworks, red packets (angpao), and family gatherings. The Yee Sang Prosperity Toss, a dish believed to bring good luck, money, and prosperity, is one of the most popular Chinese traditions during this festive season. It consists of raw fish and yee sung (or yu sheng), which is a vegetable salad. This is a very common activity that is required during family gatherings and even multiracial company gatherings.


2. Feng Shui

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese tradition related to the placement of objects in order to promote good energy, wealth, and harmony. In Malaysia, Feng Shui is widely practiced. Many individuals seek the advice of Feng Shui experts to ensure that their homes and businesses are set up in a way that encourages positive energy. Feng Shui is also applied in numerous religious and cultural practices. For example, during Chinese New Year, it is advised to hang red lanterns and decorate homes with auspicious items in order to bring good fortune.


3. Mahjong

Mahjong is a famous Chinese game that is loved by many Malaysians. It is a table game for three or four players that is frequently played during festivals and gatherings with family and friends. A team from the University of Georgia discovered that mahjong players who routinely disrupt a set of tiles had significantly reduced rates of desperation among middle-aged Chinese individuals. Although it is a challenging game that may help you strengthen your intellect, the social aspect of mahjong can also have a positive influence on your overall mental health.


Chinese traditions have a positive influence on Malaysians by encouraging inter-racial friendship and understanding. These festivals and practices are observed not just by the Chinese population, but also by other Malaysian ethnic groups such as Malays and Indians. It reminds us that, despite our differences, we can join together to celebrate and admire one another's cultures.


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