Kuala Lumpur Festivals & Events

Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, Deepavali

Malaysia’s population practices a variety of religions, with Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity taking centre stage. Ramadan, Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Christmas are major celebrations but there are also ‘mini’ religious festivals that take place year round. Although some have fixed dates, the dates for others vary annually as they are determined by the lunar calendar.

Besides religious celebrations, other special events range from kite flying (Pasir Gudang World Kite Festival) and bicycle competitions (Le Tour De Langkawi) to the Malaysian Grand Prix. We recommend that you check the dates of major festivals before your trip as it can get difficult to find a room in KL during that time.

Urbanscapes Kuala Lumpur Urbanscapes Kuala Lumpur

Urbanscapes 2013 is an all-around music festival featuring the best of art, dance, comedy and music, with internationally-acclaimed acts such as Franz Ferdinand, Two Door Cinema Club and Red Hongyi. Read More...

Hari Raya Aidifitri

Hari Raya Aidilfitri, more known as Eid-ul-fitr, is an annual celebration marking the end of fasting month for Muslims. Read More...

KL International Jazz Festival 2013 KL International Jazz Festival

The 2013 KL International Jazz Festival is back, and is bigger and better than ever, with world-class acts such as Grammy Award-winning Lee Ritenour and the exotic Jessy J lining up to perform at the all-day music festival Read More...

Colours of Malaysia Colours of Malaysia

Taking place on May 25th 2013, Colours of Malaysia is an annual festival that showcases the country’s cultural heritage with choreographed traditional dances, singing acts, marching bands and a spectacular fireworks display. Read More...

Valentine’s Day in KL Valentine’s Day in KL

If you want to say ‘I love you’ with food instead of flowers, then pay a visit to one of our top five Valentine’s Day restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. Read More...

Thaipusam Thaipusam

Thaipusam is a colourful annual celebration with festivities that mainly take place in Batu Caves. It is famous because of the practice of devotees who impale their bodies with long metal skewers during the festivities. Read More...


Other Festival & Events in Kuala Lumpur

Temptation Reloaded – Shah Rukh Khan Live in Malaysia 2014

Temptation Reloaded is the 2nd Edition of Temptation Tour, which was started in 2004 as a worlwide tour across 45 cities globally like USA, UK, Canada, Netherlands, Dubai, South Africa, Jakarta and Muscat.

Shah Rukh Khan is named as the face of Temptation Tour. In Malaysia, amongst other Bollywood artist that will be performing alongside SRK is actress-model, Rani Mukherji, Madhuri Dixit and Jacqueline Fernandez. Read More...

Opening Hours: 15 February 2014
Location: Stadium Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur
Price Range: From MYR99 - MYR1999

Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year is the most important ethnic festival for the Chinese in Kuala Lumpur, as well as the whole of Malaysia. It celebrates the first day of the lunar calendar, and lasts for 15 days. The prelude to the festival is filled with much fan-fare, shopping and events around the city. Chinese around the country will eagerly prepare their homes for the big celebrations and reunions set to take place. As most Chinese in Kuala Lumpur are born in other states, the week before the first day of Chinese New Year is a massive exodus of people from the city to the outstation towns from which they were born ad where their parents still reside. Read More...


The Christmas Celebration is not about shopping, snowmen, jingle bells, pine trees, presents and most certainly not Santa Claus. It is actually to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the world as the Bible states. On the eve, Christians around the city and across Malaysia will gather together to have close-knit dinners. Some church groups will organise carolling and sings songs to their neighbourhood while on Christmas Day, they will visit their churches to have praise and worship. Read More...


The Indians in Malaysia, predominantly Hindus, celebrate this festival which is also called 'Diwali' or Festival of Lights. During this day, Hindus offer prayers of thanksgiving and conduct cleansing rituals in temples and household altars. To prepare for the celebration, Hindus conduct a massive spring-cleaning of their homes, adding decorative designs made out of coloured rice and placing them on walls and floors. Their homes will also be lit with oil lamps, place strategically around different areas especially on the porch and balcony.

Temples, on the other hand, will be lavishly coated in flowers and offerings of fruit and coconut milk are placed at altars by devotees. Some devotees prepare for this festival by going on a fast or vegetarian diet.
Deepavali is also a time to sample delicious Indian delicacies such as sweetmeats, rice puddings and the ever-popular murukku, a type of fried flour cookie.

On the morning of Deepavali, many Hindus take an oil bath before heading to the temples for prayers and ceremonial rites. The rest of the day, they usually open their houses to guests and call friends or neighbours to feast on delicious Indian food.

Hari Raya

Muslims around the world celebrate Hari Raya, which literally translates to 'Celebration Day, after a month of holy fasting, which is referred to as Ramadhan month. During the fasting period, many bazaars which are a form of night market called 'pasar malam' will be held each evening in different places around the country. These bazaars sell mostly traditional Malay delicacies, as the Muslims come here to purchase and prepare food for the breaking of fast at 7pm each day in October. Besides these bazaars, many hotels will provide great dining opportunities to feast on Malay cuisine for the breaking of fast. Read More...

Hari Merdeka (Malaysia's National Day)

On August 31, 1957, the Union Jack was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted up the flagpole at Dataran Merdeka field in Kuala Lumpur, signalling the birth of a new nation. After centuries of internal strife between warring states, Portuguese, Dutch and British colonisation as well as World War II, Malaya, as Malaysia was known then, received her independence from the British. About six years later, Malaysia was created when Sabah and Sarawak joined in the coalition.

During the eve of National Day, the city becomes a riot of colours. Local celebrities and singers take stage in various parts of Kuala Lumpur with free open-air concerts. And when midnight ticks by, fireworks shoot up the sky to mark National Day, carpeting the city sky in explosions of light and sound. In the morning, a parade used to take place past the Sultan Abdul Samad building each year, but now every state takes turns to host the parade. Read More...

Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival is also known as the Moon Cake or Lantern Festival, originating from a time of conflict in 14th-Century China. While Chinese in different countries celebrate it with distinct traditions and practices, all agree that the festival commemorates the summer harvest season of their ancestors, and also the fall of Mongolian rulers in China after a successful rebellion.

On the day of the uprising, the rebel leaders delivered thousands of moon cakes to homes scattered around the city, each containing a letter stating the time and date to rise up. On the night of the Moon Festival, the rebellion began and succeeded in driving off the Manchurian oppressors.

In Malaysia, the Chinese celebrate this festival by purchasing and consuming moon cakes with different flavours, including some outrageous ones like durian and coffee! So popular are these moon cakes that many hotels, if not all, stock their own freshly-made pieces for guests to savour. Hotels and resorts around the country take this opportunity to outdo each other with quality moon cakes using creative and innovative flavours and designs.

From the traditional red bean or lotus paste to the innovative ice cream versions, moon cakes are a once-a-year delight. At night on the actual festival, children take to the streets walking around with paper lanterns shaped like animals, vehicles or the traditional Chinese 'Tan Lok' foldable lanterns.

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