Christmas is an annual festival celebrated worldwide on December 25th to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ and it is the last public holiday in Malaysia before the year ends.
This festive season is celebrated by Christians around the world to remember the day Jesus Christ was born that is also leading up to the new year, which is why the greeting “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” is frequently used.
There is no exact date to indicate Jesus Christ was born on December 25th and it was chosen solely based on past theories as the first Christmas was celebrated on that date, which was later announced as a public holiday in more than 160 countries including Malaysia.
Food plays a significant role in the Christmas holiday celebrations and there would usually be a feast of mouth-watering dishes. As it is generally celebrated on the night of Christmas Eve, different types of food are made for the whole family to enjoy. The types of food prepared for Christmas vary by country and preference. However, among the typical traditional Christmas meals include roasted meat, casserole, mashed potatoes, fruitcake and candy canes.
There are various ways that Christmas is being celebrated around the world. One of the most distinct traditions is the decorating of homes with colourful lights, tinsel and garlands. It is essential to feature the Christmas tree in the house with beautiful ornaments and tree topper to set the perfect festive feel. This also applies to most shops and shopping malls too.
Unlike Chinese New Year or Hari Raya Aidilfitri, presents are being exchanged on Christmas day. The gifts will be placed under the tree on Christmas Eve and will be unwrapped with excitement in the morning, which is the highlight for the children. On the day of the Christmas holiday, the usual practice of carolling will take place at the churches as well.
As December is also the school holiday month, this is a great chance to go for short and exciting getaway trips with the entire family in Malaysia. Here are some of the recommended holiday destinations:
This capital city of Johor offers a wide range of exciting attractions for visitors that are fun and suitable for all ages. From amusement parks to stunning sightseeing places, there are many places to visit on the Christmas holiday. Some of the hot spots within the city include Legoland, Desaru Beach, Sanrio Hello Kitty Town and Johor Art Gallery.
Serving as a popular location to escape from the heat, Genting Highlands is a cooling hill station situated at almost 2,000 metres above sea level. The temperature in Genting is relatively lower that makes a great escape from the hot weather. Travelling to Genting gives travellers the opportunity to experience the cable car ride to the peak of Resorts World Genting. Other attractions that are available to visit here are Chin Swee Caves Temple, Butterfly Wonderland Genting and Genting Strawberry Leisure Farm.
Melaka is one of the cities in Malaysia that still preserves the historical sites portraying its glorious past. Visitors will be able to witness and discover ancient landmarks, heritage buildings and sites that still have the unique colonial features. There are many beautiful places to visit in Melaka such as the A’Famosa Fort, Christ Church, The Stadthuys, St. Paul’s Church, Melaka Sultanate Palace and Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum as they portray some of the best images of the city.
Since Christmas 2019’s date falls on a Wednesday, the roads will not be as crowded like the other festive seasons. For short-distance trip between cities, the road will also be slightly busy as people would use this one-day off for a quick getaway. Driving time may take longer than usual as many vehicles are on the road at the same time. Not only will the road be congested, but popular attractions will also be packed with people during the Christmas holiday, so make sure to plan and start early.
It is wise to book the travel ticket in advance for those who will be travelling by bus or train. Plan the journey to avoid any last-minute inconveniences. For those who are driving, the best tip is to go out early to escape the overwhelming number of cars on the road. Use a GPS navigation app to help look out for any road situation and the estimated time required to reach the destination.
Planning a Christmas holiday in Malaysia is now very convenient with Easybook’s online booking platform. Christmas 2019 date can also be spent by going back to hometown to be with loved ones. With regular promotions offered exclusively on Easybook, transportation tickets can be purchased conveniently wherever you may be.
Visit Easybook website or download the mobile app to make the booking now for the transportation tickets, as well as booking for car rental, charter service and also the local tour to make your travel easier. Follow Easybook’s social media pages to be updated with the promotions available during this Christmas holiday season.