Besides the national and state holidays observed throughout the country, Malaysians too have other days that they celebrate throughout the year. These days are not public holidays but are significant as they are commemorated to remember the seniors and other benefactors.
Father’s Day usually falls on the second Sunday of June. This is where children of the family will remember their fathers by buying gifts and organizing special events. In most cases, the family members usually gather together to have a dinner which will involve the father’s favourite foods.
Meanwhile, shopping malls and retail outlets will take this time to offer special offers and promotions for gifts and presents while food and beverage outlets will offer Father’s Day special meals.
It has often been perceived that Mother’s Day is celebrated in a larger scale as compared to Father’s Day. This is because mothers are usually closer to the children in many ways. As such, Mother’s Day is celebrated not only with meals and a feast but with flowers and other sweet events too.
Mother’s Day is usually held on the second Sunday of May. Buffets and high-teas are very common while florists will be busy too. Family members will organize special events for their mothers to remember the love and years of upbringing.
Valentine’s Day is celebrated across the world. Held on the 14th of February each year, it is known in other communities as Saint Valentine’s Day or Feast of Saint Valentine. In certain communities, Valentine’s Day is a public holiday although it is not the case in Malaysia.
Valentine’s Day has a very religious and romantic background to it which dated back to the 18th century in England. Today, it has become in the international day of love. Couples use this day to profess their love for each other while those who are in courtship use Valentine’s as the day to confess their love.
In Malaysia, Valentine’s Day is celebrated by people from all walks of life. Shopping malls will have hearts and red-coloured decorations while gifts shops will offer all types of lovey-dovey packages. Flowers, especially roses are most expensive during this season while food outlets and F & B will offer Valentine’s Day special promotions.
Good Friday and Easter Sunday is usually held during the end of March and early April. This is during the holy week which is part of the Paschal Triduum. Good Friday is known as Great Friday, Black Friday and Holy Friday in certain communities. The preceding Sunday is Easter Sunday.
Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ while Easter Sunday commemorates the resurrection of Christ three days later. Besides Christmas, it is among the most important dates of the Christian calendar.
In Malaysia, churches will hold special services and mass on Good Friday and Easter Sunday to commemorate these very important dates. Christians from all walks of life will remember the sacrifice of Christ where there will be all types of events like singing of praises, worship and such.