Kuala Lumpur Events & Celebrations
Kuala Lumpur is culturally diverse and enjoys a wide range of events and celebrations. Here are some of the popular ones.
January – April
New Year Celebration is celebrated on the eve of new year annually. The people will assemble and count together as the clock strikes twelve. There’s always a firework show afterwards.
Thaipusam is celebrated by the Hindu devotees in Kuala Lumpur. It is to commemorate the event when Lord Murugan was given the spear by Parvati to vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman. It also commonly believed that Thaipusam marks Murugan’s birthday. There is no exact date for the celebration, but it usually falls on end of January and early of February every year.
Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year is celebrated by the ethnic Chinese in Kuala Lumpur. It usually falls on February. The date changes every year because the new year relies on the Chinese Calendar calculation. Each year there will be one zodiac animal representing the new year. There are 12 zodiac animals altogether, and each will rotate every twelve years.
Chap Goh Mei
Chap Goh Mei is often depicted as the Chinese valentine’s day. It is celebrated on the fifteenth day after Chinese New Year and marks the end of Chinese New Year celebration. During the night of Chap Goh Mei, the young maidens will throw oranges to the sea in hope to find life partners.
May – August
Wesak day is celebrated by Buddha devotees in Kuala Lumpur. It is also known as Buddha Day. It is to commemorate the birth of Buddha Gautama, the enlightenment and his departure from the human world. Wesak Day doesn’t have a fix date. It usually falls on May or June every year.
Hari Raya Aidilfitri
Hari Raya Aidilfitri is celebrated by the Muslim devotees in Kuala Lumpur. It is to celebrate the end of the fasting month which is Ramadhan. The date changes every year because it relies on the calculation of Hijrah Calendar (It starts when the prophet moved from Mecca to Madinah).
Hari Raya Aidi Adha
Hari Raya Aidiladha is celebrated by the Muslim devotees in Kuala Lumpur. It is to commemorate the prophet’s Abraham sacrificial act towards the god and it marks the end of the pilgrimage season in Mecca.
Merdeka / Independence Day
The Independence Day falls on 31st August every year. It is also known as Merdeka Day. It is celebrated to commemorate Malaysia’s Independence from British Colonization in 1957. Just like new year, there will be fireworks during the eve of Merdeka Day. Merdeka Day parade is conducted in the morning of the Merdeka Day.
September – December
Deepavali is also known as the festival of light is celebrated by the Hindu devotees in Kuala Lumpur. It usually falls on October; however, the date also changes every year. During the night of Deepavali, each household would decorate the house with many beautiful lights and kolam to earn the blessing.
Malaysia day is the day when peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak joined together as a country named Malaysia. The date falls on 16th September every year. It is usually celebrated together with the Independence Day.
Christmas is celebrated by Christians devotees in Kuala Lumpur. It falls on 25th December every year. The celebration is to commemorate the birthday of Jesus.