Malaysia is a country of faith. Islam is the official religion here, but only 60% of Malaysians are Muslims. Malaysia’s ethnic diversity is even more evident in a cosmopolitan city like Johor Bahru, where Chinese and Indian ethnic minorities make up 35% and 14% of the population, respectively. This makes Johor Bahru one of the most varied cities in terms of religion in all Southeast Asia, and this can easily be seen in the organisation of events.
In Johor Bahru, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and even Christians live together in peace and organise events for all believers. This city even welcomes believers from different parts of the world to important religious events which, although they have decreased after the pandemic, will return in the future. Some of the upcoming spiritual and religious events that will take place in Johor Bahru include:
5th Anniversary of the Qaira Hijab Johor Bahru
From 27 to 29 November 2020, the 5th anniversary of the Qaira Hijab Johor Bahru will be celebrated at its facilities. This is an event that brings together Muslim women and in which all types of hijabs will be sold in order to be fashionable, and in which there will also be competitions and offers of up to 70%.
Masses in the Church of the Immaculate Conception
The Catholic population in Johor Bahru is very small but is well represented through the Church of the Immaculate Conception, a beautiful traditional white building with blue trim and the name in Chinese characters, which is located at 9 Jalan Gereja. For this reason, this building also represents a tourist attraction.
The parishioners can already attend masses in English on Saturdays and Sundays, complying with all the necessary biosecurity measures, as well as social distancing protocols. Additionally, parishioners can only attend if they have no symptoms of Covid-19.