Kuala Lumpur Travel Guides

January / February

Chinese New Year takes place according to the Chinese calendar, which lands on either January or February each year. This is a joyous time when friends and family gather together for reunions and boisterous celebrations. Festivities include colourful parades, lion dances and of course firecrackers and fireworks.

Thaipusam, a Hindu festival is now banned in India, but celebrated in a most dramatic way in Kuala Lumpur. Devotees attach heavy metal frames to their bodies using skewers and hooks to support shrines of gods and deities which they carry through the streets in an impressive procession. The celebrations centre on the Batu Caves.

City Day is the holiday where Kuala Lumpur commemorates its declaration as a Federal Territory on 1 February with festivities centred at the beautiful Lake Gardens (Taman Tasik Perdana), and Lake Titiwangsa (Taman Titiwangsa).

March / April / May

Malaysia Water Festival is held throughout Malaysia from 12 Apr to 10 May. Although this festival officially takes off with a splash in Lumut, Perak, visitors will have the opportunity to experience thrilling kayak, canoe and jet-ski races that add to the excitement and fun of water-based activities throughout Malaysia. The competitive visitor can take part in Catch the Duck and Log Walking competitions with great prizes up for grabs!

Malaysia Megasale Carnival (March, August and December) This is sale time throughout Malaysia and if you are looking for bargains this is the best time to visit. This month long carnival, held 3 times a year, is worth every ringgit.

July

Flora Festival & Parade The city blooms even more beautifully during this week with flora hunts, flower sales and exhibitions of Malaysia's diverse flora at public gardens and hotel lobbies. Shopping complexes are also attractively decorated with floral arrangements. The week culminates in a spectacular international Floral Parade.

Food & Fruit Fiesta Malaysia is endowed with a wide spectrum of Asian and International Cuisine. Coupled with a plethora of tropical, sub tropical and even temperate fruits, Malaysia's Food and Fruit Festival boasts such a divine diversity that few countries can hope to emulate. The sheer variety of Malay, Chinese and Indian savouries and sweets defies imagination.

August

National Day The country celebrates it's independence on 31 August with parades and shows. Towns and cities throughout Malaysia will be gaily decorated and adorned with lights for the grand occasion.

September

Malaysia Fest For two weeks, all the major hotels and shopping complexes join forces to feature the culture, cuisine and handicrafts of the various states in Malaysia.

October / November

Shopping Carnival is held during October. Bargains abound at shopping venues in Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Penang during this annual two-week shopping extravaganza.

Deepavali occurs in October or November, depending on the Hindu calendar. The "Festival of Lights" is a celebration which marks the triumph of good over evil. During this festival, Hindu homes are emblazoned with lights to symbolize this triumph.

December

Christmas is celebrated by Christians similar to any other part of the world. Midnight services are held at churches on Christmas Eve. Shopping centres, hotels, retirement homes and children's homes echo with beautiful carols. The revelry and yuletide spirit of Christmas is enjoyed by Christians and non-Christians alike.

Hari Raya Aidil Fitri is celebrated by Muslims after the month-long Ramadan (fasting month). Muslims usher in the new year with prayers in the mosques followed by receiving well-wishers in their homes.

National Public Holidays

Jan 01 - New Year's Day
Jan 08 & 09 - Hari Raya Puasa
Feb 05 & 06 - Chinese New Year
Feb 01 - Federal Territory Day (Kuala Lumpur and Labuan only)
Mar 16 - Hari Raya Haji
Apr 06 - Awal Muharram
May 01 - Workers' Day
May 18 - Wesak Day
Jun 03 - Birthday of Sri Paduka Baginda Yang di Pertuan Agong
Jul 15 - Birthday of Prophet Muhammad
Aug 31 - National Day
Oct 28 - Deepavali (except in Sarawak and Labuan)
Dec 25 - Christmas
Dec 27 & 28 - Hari Raya Puasa