Penang: February Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||9 hrs|
|Rainfall days||9 days|
|Chance of Rain||34 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||99 %|
Averages for Penang in February
The ‘cool’ winter temperature linger in Penang into February. The average temperature to anticipate in the region is 28 degrees Celsius. However, it can be as hot as 31 degrees or as cool as 24 degrees Celsius. No matter how warm it is, you can swim in the Malacca Strait, which will be around 29 degrees. On land, you can enjoy nine hours of sunshine each day despite the estimated 70 mm of rainfall throughout the month.
February brings one of the most unique events to Malaysia. Considered an equivalent to Valentine’s Day, Chap Goh Meh is a holiday during which single women cast oranges to the sea. By making this offering, it is said to bring good luck in terms of finding suitors. If you’re a single woman in Malaysia during February, don’t forget to buy an orange and fling it into the ocean if you’re looking for Mr Right.
If you’d like to spend a little extra on your holiday, the Malihom Private Estate is a luxurious option. This private residence is located in the countryside of Penang Island. From this resort, you can look over both cities and jungles. Widely regarded as a hidden gem, Malihom is a treat for those who make the trip to its mountain hideaway.
For a unique experience while on holiday, sign up for a cooking class at the Tropical Spice Garden. This award-winning garden grows 500 species of local plants, including spices. Learn how to cook local specialties, as well pick up the intricacies of cooking with delicate spices, in small groups with hands-on attention from chefs. Best of all, you can stop into their gift shop after your class and meal to buy spices to take home.
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February events in Penang
3rd February 2015
Thaipusam is celebrated as a thanksgiving to Lord Subramaniam for answered prayers, it is also a day of penance. Parades and rituals are held across the country, with devotees performing ceremonial acts at different locations.
Chap Goh Meh
4th February 2015
Chap Goh Meh is celebrated with prayers and offerings to mark the end of the Chinese New Year. During this auspicious occasion, houses are brightly decorated with lights, and lanterns are hung over balconies for the last day of the Chinese New Year. Prayers to the ancestors are also offered.
Chinese New Year
19th February 2015
This event is celebrated by many Chinese Malaysians who will travel back to their hometown or family homes. The reunion dinner is a major celebration and gathering for the whole family. Penang will officially kick off the celebrations with light up LED dragons, a Chingay show, as well as a lion dance.
Chinese New Year Holiday
20th February 2015
The Chinese New Year (similar to a Western Christmas) is when people start buying presents, decoration materials, food and clothing. A huge clean-up before the New Year takes place. Chinese houses are cleaned from top to bottom, to sweep away any traces of bad luck, and doors and window panes are given a new coat of paint, usually red.