Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year is one of the most expected events of the year in Kuala Lumpur, where Chinese compose more than a third of the total population. The holiday traditionally falls on the last week of January or early February. It officially lasts for two days, but in fact, festivities last for two weeks.
The Chinese New Year is celebrated in Malaysia’s capital broadly and cheerfully. Chinese houses and shopping centers are adorned with red paper lanterns, mandarins and branches of blossoming plum trees, which are seen as symbols of success and prosperity. Tons of petards, firecrackers and fireworks explode on the streets. The Chinese believe that this noise drives evil spirits away and attracts the spirits of happiness. Loud holiday bazaars, where you can buy traditional jewelry and souvenirs, and taste Chinese dishes, unfold in the city.
Many festivals, shows and entertainment programs are held in Kuala Lumpur during the celebration. The Chinese New Year’s compulsory attributes are dances of the lion and of the dragon, which are carried out to the rhythmic accompaniment of drums, gongs and copper cymbals.
The Chinese New Year in Kuala Lumpur is a perfect opportunity to learn more about local traditions and customs, plunge into atmosphere of holiday and just have a good time.