Malaysia is a country lived with various cultural colors as everybody has known about it. You won’t want to miss the greatest festivals happening in Kuala Lumpur by various races, religions or international celebrations together with us. Here are the top recommended festivals in Kuala Lumpur that we think you should have it planned in your itinerary.
1. Thaipusam Festival
Many of you have planned your Kuala Lumpur itinerary with a stop at Batu Caves. Every full moon during the tenth month of the Hindu calendar, Batu Caves is the main Thaipusam Celebration place in Kuala Lumpur. This celebration usually take place for 3 full days and always crowded with people during this event. The devout Hindus having spikes or spears through their chest, mouth or back as a form of penance, climbing 272 stairs for prayers, 15km of procession on barefoot and other ceremonial acts. You don’t need a tour guide to bring you there. The locals are friendly enough to show you the way.
Tips: If you are attending to this event, make sure you bring enough water and comfortable cloths as the weather is unpredictable hot and crowded with millions of people.
2. Chinese New Year
Chinese as the second largest ethnic group in Malaysia and not to mentioned Chinese New Year is one of the greatest festivals in Kuala Lumpur. “Lou Sang” is one of the most popular tradition among the Malaysian Chinese. “Lou Sang” means to gather prosperities abundantly where a group of families, friends, colleagues will go to a Chinese restaurant for a meal. “Lou Sang” is a dish come with seven ingredients with different colors and sauces. The group of people will use chopsticks to mix the dish as high as possible while saying the prosperous greetings to each other for a good year ahead.
Tips: This is the best time when you arrived Kuala Lumpur without traffic jam issue and don’t go “Lou Sang” with just the two of you. The more the merrier!
3. Ramadhan and Hari Raya
If you are food lovers, you must not have missed this once a year festival in Kuala Lumpur. Ramadhan is the month where the Muslims must fast during the day time and have meal once a day about 6pm++ every day. You will find the Ramadhan Bazaars (hawker stalls) along some streets who are selling the variety of food. You don’t usually see these bazaars at certain streets but only during this month start from 4pm onwards till 7pm. Ask any locals, they will tell you the best nearby Ramadhan bazaar.
Tips: Ramadhan month usually is the low season in Malaysia. Hence, you can get lowest hotel price easily during this month.
4. National Day
Malaysian celebrate the Independence Day on 31st Aug yearly. The Merdeka (independence) Day grand parade is commencing at Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square near old train station Kuala Lumpur). The parade comes with marching team, beautiful decorated parade car, cultural performance etc. A national celebration that Malaysian feels proud of and the unity from different races and backgrounds comes together like a big family. You must be there and feel the harmony of the countries with the locals during the celebration.
Tips: There are always Merdeka Sales during the month of August. You may just get into the right time for some cheap bargains.
5. Christmas Day
Christmas is the biggest festive season all around the world and this is not an exception for a Muslim country. Indeed, this is a great place to celebrate which surrounded with the Christmas atmosphere – only thing is without snow! Every year, the major shopping malls are decorated with different Christmas themes and the locals love to visit different malls to take pictures with their friends and family. There was teddy bears theme, toy stories theme, water world theme, Swarovski crystals theme and many more. What’s the theme for the coming Christmas festive in Kuala Lumpur? Check it out soon.
Tips: Christmas eve parties are everywhere and some hotels have compulsory eve dinner which has included in your paid hotel charges.
This is the only place in the world having three main races and religions celebrates together with the united hearts of people. The top five festivals in Kuala Lumpur will leaves you with great memories and enlightened culture experiences.