Festivities, Holidays and Traditions in Kuala Lumpur

Chineese New Year’s Eve

This is the most important festivity for the Chineese community living in Malaysia and in Kuala Lumpur. It is celebrated on the first day of the Lunar calendar. On the nigh before it, kids receive some gifts inside colourful envelops as a sign of good luck, and the families gather together to eat typical food. If you want to enjoy of these celebrations you can get closer the Chineese neighbourhood of this capital city.


Federal  territory day

The 1rst of February it is celebrated in the whole country the anniversary of the creation of the territory of Malaysia. This important day took place in 1974 and it is a very important celebration for the Malayan people. Some of the main events are happening in Kuala Lumpur, being the fireworks performance one of the best things in it.



Malaysia is a multicultural country and that’s why you will enjoy of various religions and their celebrations. The month of May is when the Wesak is celebrated, a Buddhist celebration in all Buddhist sanctuaries of the country, where everyone gives some offerings and donations in honour to the Buddha. The believers clean the pictures of the Buddha with some water as a sign of devotion and in their temples you will see many types of rituals.



The Citrawarna or colours of Malaysia is a festival which takes place in Kuala Lumpur in the end of May. It is a festival thought for the tourists in which you can enjoy of many types of folkloric festivals, typical gastronomy and many traditions of the various Malayan communities. It was inaugurated in 1999 and every year the number of visitors grows. It is really interesting to go and experience it because just in a short time you can understand a bit the essence of the country.



Most of the population of Malaysia is muslim so the month of the Ramadan has a special significance for the country. During this month or the 9th month of the Muslim calendar all the muslims who practice the fasting are not eating until the sun goes down. In the night they go to pray in the mosks and eat with family and friends.  This might change a bit the commercial opening hours of some shops, specially of the restaurants and bars.  

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