The variety of festivals in Malaysia mirrors its cultural diversity and religious tolerance, with a glimpse into rich traditions.
Chinese New Year is a annually recurring festival for Malaysians of Chinese ancestry. Traditions tied to the festival are deeply ingrained in Chinese culture, and include bonding with family and friends over reunion dinner, and giving 'ang paos' to unmarried family members. Lion and dragon dance performers grace malls and temples in the days leading up to the festival.
Thaipusam is a yearly festival, celebrated by the country's Indian community. A colourful procession takes place mainly at Batu Caves, where devotees prepare themselves by piercing hooks through their bodies to show their devotion to Lord Murugan.
Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a celebration focused on forgiveness and fellowship, and marks the end of the fasting month. Shopping malls are colourfully decorated with ketupat-shaped ornaments and Arabian themed markets.
Also known as the Festival of Lights, Deepavali is the biggest festival celebrated by Indian communities in Malaysia. Many venues are decorated with colourful lights, oil lamps, flowers and intricate floor designs that are made with coloured rice and powder.
Kuala Lumpur's streets are lined with bright lights at least a month before Christmas, while malls put out their most elaborate decorations. Take part in fun-filled festive activities to lift your Christmas spirit.