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Festive Eves In Kuala Lumpur

Posted on November 11, 2009 | Fascinating CitiesNo Comment

As Kuala Lumpur is home for the multi-racial communities, events and festivals are a major highlight for the city. The biggest celebrations are the Chinese New Year, Hari Raya and Deepavali with other small, traditional occasions in between. Throughout the year one or the other festival of one or the other community is been celebrated.

Chinese New Year that takes place according to the Chinese calendar, which lands on either January or February every year. This is a joyous time which is celebrated with all near and dear ones. It’s the time when friends and family gather together for reunions and wonderful celebrations.  The Chinese New Year is the most important 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. Festivities include colorful parades, lion dances and of course firecrackers and fireworks. During this time, red is an auspicious color, symbolizing prosperity and luck. Firecrackers are also an important part of the celebrations as it was used to scare away the mythological creature in ancient China. When the clock strikes past midnight, traditional Chinese firecrackers, which are shaped like a massive string of dynamite-like crackers, are lit and the extremely loud explosions are an auspicious start to the New Year.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is also known as the Moon Cake or Lantern Festival, originating from a time of conflict in 14th-Century China. In Malaysia, the Chinese celebrate this festival by purchasing and make a mooncake festival lanternconsuming moon cakes with different flavors. While Chinese in different countries celebrate it with different traditions and practices, all agree that the festival symbolizes the start of the summer harvest season of their ancestors, and also the fall of Mongolian rulers in China after a successful battle against them.

The Indians in Malaysia, and mostly 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. To prepare for the celebration, Hindus conduct a massive spring-cleaning of their homes, adding decorative designs made out of colored rice and placing them on walls and floors. Their homes will also be lit with oil lamps, place strategically around different areas diwali festivalespecially in the door 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.  Diwali 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 Diwali, 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 neighbors to feast on delicious Indian food.

The Christmas Celebration in Kuala Lumpur 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. Christians around the city gather together to have dinner. Some church groups organize caroling and sing songs to their neighborhood while on Christmas Day; they visit their churches to have praise and worship.

Muslims around the world celebrate Hari Raya, which literally translates to ‘Celebration Day, which is celebrated after a month of holy fasting, in the month of Ramadhan. 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 during Ramadhan. Besides these bazaars, many hotels will provide great dining opportunities to feast on Malay cuisine for the breaking of fast.

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