It was a great surprise to us on night in Kuching when we took a taxi into the city for dinner to learn there was a Chinese parade going on - the taxi driver said it was for Buddha's birthday, someone else I asked said it was a Chinese god. Well whoever it was for, it was great - such a large collection of lions and dragons and right in front of the temple. And the kids really enjoyed it except Jack who took a while to open his eyes and watch.
It was a real community thing with looked like every temple sending in their own dragon teams, carrying banners and parading their alters. It somewhat reminded me of an Easter parade in Spain. Some participants were dressed up in traditional costumes ala Monkey and Pigsie, the monkey god series we used to watch as kids in the UK before daytime really took off.