East Wind Festival | Tourism Malaysia

East Wind Festival

01 March 2019 - 03 March 2019

The annual three-day East Wind Festival will be held at Kompleks DUN, Persiaran Wawasan, Kangar Perlis between 1 and 3 March, 2019. It marks and celebrates the annual transition from the cool weather to the dry, windy weather which coincides with the paddy harvesting season.

Various traditional games and cultural events are featured during this festival, which was listed as one of the top three most popular traditional cultural events in the country. Steeped in tradition, the East Wind Festival gives visitors a chance to play traditional games that their ancestors, most of whom were farmers, played years ago. These games are simple recreational activities that are taken as a respite from the laborious work in the farms and paddy fields between one paddy planting season and the next.

Usually, the activities are conducted outdoors in muddy paddy fields that have been previously harvested. Another unique aspect of these traditional games is that they are the "glue" that bring the village people together in cheerful camaraderie.

Among the festival activities are hand-catching freshwater fish, eel, and duck competitions, fishing competition, "metal buffalo" race (a 100-metre race on a tractor or plow), and tractor decorating competition. One of the most awaited competitions at the festival is the "Strong Farmer" competition where participants hold up heavy bags of rice as a test of strength. Winners in the past managed to carry up to 60 kg of rice sacks at a time!

Other attractions include a funfair, soopa doopa, P. Ramlee night, pop yeh-yeh night, ghazal party, handicrafts and souvenirs sales, clothing and garment sales, entrepreneur clinics, gamelan fiesta, bendang woodball, photography exhibition, and not to forget visitors also get to enjoy a variety of traditional dishes in Perlis.

The festival is jointly organised by the Perlis state government through its National Department for Culture and Arts and Ministry of Tourism, Arts And Culture Malaysia, as well as various state agencies and non-govermental agencies.

Venue 
Kompleks DUN, Persiaran Wawasan, Kangar Perlis

Organiser
Perlis state government / JKKN Ps

Phone
+604 973 8800 / +604 979 3600

Fax
+604 977 0117

Website Perlis.gov

Website JKKN.gov