As any inhabitant of Kuala Lumpur (KL) could attest to, the city is always a bustling hot and humid metropolis that doesn’t ever let up. So do consider bringing light and airy clothing when visiting. An umbrella and also sunblock doesn’t hurt either.
And as far as climate goes, Malaysia is an equatorial country — meaning you may expect only two kinds of weather year-round, that is rain or shine. However, there is a monsoon season which comes around the end of each year, from October to April. Otherwise, it’s indeed hot weather all around with temperatures averaging from a mild 20°C to a blistering 30°C and above on the hotter days.
That said, is KL still a place that you should visit? The answer is an astounding yes!
The Many, Many Festivals Of Multicultural Kuala Lumpur
While the city doesn’t have any of the four seasons, KL’s strength lies in its personable nature that is defined by its multi-cultural population which celebrates a myriad of different cultural festivals throughout the year. The main religions practised in Malaysia include Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, and Hinduism.
And it is exactly this potpourri of cultures and tradition that has allowed KL to have events, celebrations, and national holidays being held within the city.
Some of the biggest and grandest religious holidays in KL are Ramadan, Chinese New Year, Deepavali, and Christmas. But also, there are other cultural festivals which warrant a visit for the experience alone. For instance, Thaipusam (typically held in February) and the Mid-Autumn Festival in October are examples of festive periods in Malaysia.
As for the big celebrations, Ramadan is normally celebrated around the middle of the year but its actual start date usually depends on the lunar Islamic calendar. Similarly, Chinese New Year — held at the beginning of each year — marks the arrival of lion and dragon dances, red paper lanterns, and an overall vibrant atmosphere.
Outside of religious events, Malaysia’s National Day or Hari Merdeka falls on the 31st of August each year. The Merdeka celebration is an especially huge event which calls for grandiose fireworks, a lively march around the city, and a massive crowd gathering for a truly lively and celebratory affair.