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The official religion of Malaysia is Islam, and is practiced by the majority of Malays, and a portion of the Indian community. Under the constitution, other races are free to profess and practice any religion. Some of the other main religions are Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Christianity. This multicultural heritage is the reason behind the many festivals celebrated by all Malaysians as one regardless of race and religion.

  1. Hari Raya Aidilfitri

Hari Raya Aidilfitri is the most joyful of Muslim celebrations which is celebrated after the fasting month of Ramadhan. Special prayers are held in mosques and there’s plenty of house-visitation to be done! Oh, and the food is amazing!  

  1. Thaipusam

This is the best time to visit Batu Caves. Celebrated by the Hindus, they believe that by celebrating Thaipusam, they’re cleansed from all sins and that their sins can be redeemed in many ways. This festival is celebrated in honour of Lord Muruga, a Hindu deity.

On the eve of the festival, the image of Lord Muruga is taken on a grand procession from the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Jalan Bangsar, KL to Batu Caves with the sounds of drums and chanting filling the air. It really is a once in a lifetime experience!

  1. Deepavali

Deepavali or also known as the Festival of Lights signifies the triumph of good over evil to the Hindus. Colourful rice-paintings called “Kolam” are designed and made in the front of each home to bring prosperity and success. These ‘paintings’ are made using coloured rice with candles and small lamps.  

  1. Wesak Day

Wesak is celebrated by the Buddhist to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. Thousands of devotees gather before dawn at temples for prayers, offerings, meditation, chanting and alms giving.

  1. Chinese New Year

This is a major cultural festival in the Chinese community. The festivities begin with a reunion family dinner on the eve of the celebration. There are many do’s and don’ts when it comes to celebrating Chinese New Year. The most famous one being that no member of the household shouldn’t sweep the floor during the celebrations because it’s believed that it will sweep away good luck.

Open houses are also held during this happy celebration with amazing lion dance performances as well.

  1. Christmas

A sure-to-be merry affair! Streets, hotels and shopping complexes are decorated with glimmering lights and the sound of Christmas carols fill the air. While in the West Christmas is regarded to be more of a family affair, here it is celebrated with gatherings of friends and family with parties and caroling.

These are just a handful of celebrations that are celebrated here. To find out more, grab a copy of KL The Guide or download our App.

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