Tourists planning a visit to Langkawi next month may find that their stay coincides with one of the biggest Chinese events of the year.
Malaysia's rich cultural heritage means that it takes part in festivities from a number of other nations, with China proving to be particularly influential in this respect.
Consequently, travellers planning to stay in Langkawi hotels around September 23rd 2010 should be in a prime position to join in with the fun during the Monkey God Festival.
The mischievous god was originally exiled from Taoist heaven, but later redeemed himself and was granted Buddhist immortality after taking part in a pilgrimage to the Western world with Tang Gan Zang.
Those who joined the pair on this mission set off in search of the teachings of Lord Buddha.
Originally, the Monkey God Festival was marked by a medium enduring a series of painful challenges - such as running barefoot over hot coals and climbing a ladder of knives - while remaining unhurt.
However, the Hong Kong Tourism Board notes that nowadays, the occasion is more typically honoured by burning incense and paper offerings to the deity.
A number of other Chinese events - including the Mid-Autumn Festival and the Birthday of Confucius - are also likely to spark some celebrations throughout Malaysia in the coming weeks.
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