Festivals and Events in Kuala Lumpur

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Chinese New Year (January/February)

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Chinese New Year is a joyous occasion celebrated with feasts and lion dances to ward off evil spirits and usher in the lunar new year. Family reunion dinners are a must among the Chinese on the eve of the new year.

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Christmas (25 December)

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Midnight services are held at churches on Christmas eve. Shopping centres and hotels echo with refreshing carols. In KL, the revelry and Yuletide spirit of Christmas is enjoyed by Christians and non-Christians alike.

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Deepavali (October/November)

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Deepavali or the “Festival of Lights” is a Hindu celebration to mark the triumph of good over evil. Hindu homes are emblazoned with lights to symbolize the triumph.

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Malaysia Fest (September)

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This is the annual showcase of Malaysia’s cultural heritage and culinary delights. For two weeks, the major hotels and shopping complexes join forces to feature the culture, cuisine and handicrafts of various states in Malaysia.

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Floral Festival (July)

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Kuala Lumpur booms even lovelier during this time with decorated side-walks and buildings, flora hunts, flower sales and exhibitions of Malaysia’s diverse flora at public gardens, hotel lobbies and shopping malls. The festival culminates in a spectacular international floral parade featuring floral floats in spectacular colours.

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Shopping Carnival (October)

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Bargains galore at shopping complexes in KL during this not to be missed annual two-week long shopping extravaganza which offers attractive discounts for various products.

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KL City Day (1 February)

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Kuala Lumpur commemorates its declaration as a Federal Territory on 1 February with festivities, performances and competitions centred at Taman Tasik Perdana, its premier lake gardens and Taman Titiwangsa

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National Day (31 August)

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The National Day is celebrated with parades and public performances at the Independence Square. KL will be gaily decorated and adorned with lights for the grand annual occasion.

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Hari Raya Aidilfitri

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Hari Raya Adilfitri is celebrated by Muslims after the month-long Ramadan fasting. Muslims usher in the festival with prayers in the mosques followed by receiving well-wishers in their homes.

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