Top Festivals in KL Malaysia, Overview, List of Festivals, Introduction of events

Overview of  Top Festivals in KL Malaysia

Top Festivals in KL Malaysia is Witness their amazing atmosphere, colourful vibes and delightful joy and discover why Malaysia is truly a nation of celebrations. According to the most recent census in 2020, 63.5 percent of the population practices Islam; 18.7 percent, Buddhism; 9.1 percent, Christianity; 6.1 percent, Hinduism; 9 percent, other religious groups that include animists, Confucianists, Taoists, Sikhs, Jehovah’s Witnesses, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day.

List of Top Festivals in KL Malaysia

  • Thaipusam
  • Chinese New Year
  • Malaysia Water Festival
  • Tadau Ka’amatan Harvest Festival
  • Wesak Day
  • Eid ul Fitr
  • National Day
  • Deepavali
  • Dragon Boat Festival
  • Christmas

1. Thaipusam

Thaipusam is the biggest festival for Hindus after Deepavali and usually falls in January or February. It is observed as a day of thanksgiving and paying penance for Lord Murugan. The festival celebrated in Batu Caves. In many states in Malaysia Thaipusam is a public holiday. Many devotees began paying penance a few days before the actual festival, with the carrying of the kavadi on their shoulders and pal kodam (milk pots) carried above their heads.

The night before Thaipusam Hindus gather at the Sri Mahamariaman Temple along Jalan Tun HS Lee (Chinatown/Petaling Street area). From there they will leave around midnight on a 15 kilometer (approximately 8 hour) walk towards the Batu Caves where they will arrive the next morning. Devotees, tourists and locals all are allowed to go up the stairs to the actual caves.

2. Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is perhaps the biggest and most important annual festival for Chinese and the Chinese communities world wide. The event is celebrated on the first day of the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Each year is named after one of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac. Chinese New Year is celebrated for fifteen days with the main focus on the first three days.

It is a cultural event and can a religious one too for the Buddhists, Confucians and Taoists who offer prayers. As the festival approaches, friends and relatives still exchange New Year greeting cards with each other despite the technology era. In Malaysia many people light fireworks during Chinese New Year. Especially Penang is a great place to visit during Chinese New Year.

3. Malaysia Water Festival

The National Water Festival is held in April and early May each year and moves about Malaysia with different sorts of events in each venue. Modern and traditional watersports are featured on the beautiful vacation island of Langkawi. Activities involve an international fishing tournament, kayaking challenge, sandcastle building, and much more.

4. Tadau Ka’amatan Harvest Festival

The well-known Kaamatan is the harvest festival of this country and is observed in May every single year to show gratitude to their beloved Rice God.  The name of  Tadau ka’amatan when referring to the festival and they dress in their traditional costumes to celebrate it.

Kaamatan Harvest Festival is definitely the biggest celebration that is state wide and observed all over North Borneo for an entire month. Malaysia is a sacred country with customs and traditions that must be left intact.

5. Wesak Day

Wesak Day is a holiday observed traditionally by the devout worshipers of Lord Buddha. It marks the three major events in Buddha’s life, namely his birth, his enlightenment and his achievement of Nirvana.  A candle procession is the highlight of the celebration, and at the same time, offerings of prayers, joss sticks, and incense, giving food to the needy and donations are also made. Much to the delight of all devout Buddhists (and those non-celebrating as well) in Malaysia, The Day is considered one of the national public holidays.

6. Eid ul Fitr

Eid ul Fitr is a significant Muslim festival celebrated by Muslims worldwide, including in Malaysia. The festival marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and is a time for prayer, reflection, and gratitude. Malaysians celebrate the occasion with great fervor and joy, and the festivities last for three days.

Shopping malls such as Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Suria KLCC, and Mid Valley Megamall offer a wide range of gifts, including clothes, accessories, and sweets. For a more traditional shopping experience, you can visit the local bazaars and markets that sell unique and handcrafted gifts.

7. National Day

On 31 August every year, all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion and political stand, will come together to celebrate the country’s Merdeka Day or Independence Day, to commemorate the proclamation of the country’s independence on 31 August 1957. On the eve of that momentous day, Malaysians gathered at the Selangor Club Padang in Kuala Lumpur to witness the lowering of the British Union Jack and the hoisting of the new Malaya flag.
The celebration of Merdeka Day every year is more than just hoisting the national flag up high or parading together on the street.

8. Deepavali

The festival of lights, Deepavali (Diwali), is without a doubt, the biggest religious celebration for Hindus. Decorative candles, oil lamps, and dazzling lights signify the triumph of light over darkness and victory of good over evil. Families usually visit temples in their respective areas early in the morning to seek blessing. Head to one of Kuala Lumpur’s popular temples, Sri Maha Mariamman Temple which is also the oldest Hindu temple in KL located at the edge of Chinatown.

Shopping and cooking are must-dos but are most likely the most fun activities. Little India would be the best choice to shop for saris, bangles and spices for Deepavali, as well as to soak up the festive spirit.

9. The Dragon Boat Festival

The dragon boat race is one of the traditional activities held during the Duanwu Festival. Twenty strong men were seated on both sides of the boat, each holding big wooden oars. A decorated tent was set up, with flags and embroidered umbrellas both before and behind it. Drums and gongs were beaten, and a rack of weapons were display in the back cabin. The dragon boat race is very common in Chinese society.

10. Christmas

Christmas in Malaysia is mainly a commercial and secular holiday. Shopping malls try to out do each other by having the biggest and most impressive decorations and large Christmas displays. These include lots of lights, Santas, reindeer, fake snow and huge Christmas trees.

Christmas Eve is the big day for going to restaurants, having Christmas parties and celebrating Christmas. Having roast or fried chicken is the most popular Christmas dish in Malaysia. At Midnight on Christmas Eve, there are huge firework displays. They are normally organized in towns and cities and people like to go and watch the fireworks after their Christmas meal.

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