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Kuala Lumpur Events

Thaipusam

The most important Hindu festival in Malaysia, celebrated mainly by Malaysian Hindus with Tamil origins. The celebrations are vividly colourful and marked by acts of self-mortification, with devotees adopting painful body piercings before parading en masse to the Batu caves. Many pilgrims gather for the festival every year.

Date: 28 January 2021 - 28 January 2021
Venue: Batu Caves.
Cost:

Most events are free.


Federal Territory Day

Public holiday marking the ceding of Kuala Lumpur to the federal government of Malaysia in 1974 by the surrounding state of Selangor. It's marked by colourful celebrations including fireworks and parades with streamers and balloons.

Date: 01 February 2021 - 01 February 2021
Venue: Throughout the city.
Cost:

Free.


Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year is welcomed by Chinese people everywhere, and KL is no exception. Centred on Chinatown, but celebrated across the city, this animated festival includes dragon dances, vast amounts of fireworks and liberal feasting at Chinese restaurants across the city.

Date: 12 February 2021 - 13 February 2021
Venue: Chinatown.
Cost:

Free.


Aidilfitri (Hari Raya Puasa)

Two days of joyful celebration mark the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting. Muslims make up the majority of the Malaysian population, and while the celebrations are largely family-oriented, it's quite a special time of year to be in the city.

Date: 13 May 2021 - 14 May 2021
Venue: Throughout the city.
Cost:

Free.


King's Birthday Celebrations

Malaysians celebrate the birthday of His Majesty the King of Malaysia with a series of extravagant ceremonies in the capital, Kuala Lumpur. Events include a ceremonial Trooping of the Colours symbolising the loyalty of the Malaysian Armed Forces to the monarchy.

Date: 07 June 2021 - 07 June 2021
Venue: Various venues in Kuala Lumpur.
Cost:

Free.


Merdeka Celebrations

A festival marking Malaysia's independence from Britain, which was finally gained in 1957. Celebrations come to a head on Independence Day, August 31, with a huge parade and the ceremonial raising of the Malaysian flag at Merdeka Square.

Date: 31 August 2021 - 31 August 2021
Venue: Merderka Square and other city venues.
Cost:

Free.


Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix

The annual Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix is one of Kuala Lumpur's best-loved sporting events. Held at the spectacular Sepang International Circuit around 55km (34 miles) south of Kuala Lumpur, this is a highlight of the sporting calendar and huge crowds gather to soak up the noise, excitement and the distinctive smell of super-charged engines.

Date: 29 October 2021 - 31 October 2021
Venue: Sepang International Circuit
Website: http://www.motogp.com/en
Cost:

Various


Deepavali

The famous 'Festival of Lights' is one of the most popular Hindu celebrations, commemorating the triumph of good over evil. As with the Chinese New Year, every community joins in the celebrations, lighting candles, lanterns and fireworks to bring good luck. This is a public holiday in most of the country, including KL.

Date: 04 November 2021 - 04 November 2021
Venue: Throughout the city.
Cost:

Free.


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