Events & Festivals



One of the most popular Mah Meri Festival is the Hari Moyang or Spirit’s Day. It starts after the Chinese New Year for a period of 1 month. All the 10 different villages in and around Carey Island celebrate this day but separately.

 It is not exactly known how the date is chosen but it is commonly accepted that the date comes from the spirits through the dreams of the elders. The Spirit’s day may be cancelled or postponed due to events like death or other calamities.

Traditionally the Mah Meri do not celebrate their festivals in their homes with their families and friends but in a common place known as the house of the spirits by all members of the village.

All food and drinks are shared while the shaman conducts the ceremony beginning with the blessing.

A day before spirits of their ancestors are honored at the Sanggar bearing food and drinks for their immediate relatives who have passed on.

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