The Most Popular Festivals of Nepal

The Most Popular Festivals Celebrated in Nepal

The most popular festivals of Nepal show off its multicultural nature. above all, it has varied climate, rich biodiversity, and also diverse cultures.

The society has its own specific cultures and traditions for centuries. Each one has its own collection of festivals and customs to celebrate.

Nepal – The Land of Festivals

  • Nepal is always hailed as the land of festivals.
  • To one group or the other, every day is a day of celebration.
  • One’s pride in one’s own culture and respect for the others is the best part of it all.
  • Therefore these countless cultures and festivals coexist communally in Nepal.

Festivals of Nepal – Diverse in Nature

Nepal is not just about the majestic mountains, curvy roads and breathtaking grassy lands. But there are also some colorful and enjoyable festivals.

The country has people from various parts of India which makes Nepal’s festivals more diverse. If you want to witness its heritage and culture, then you’ll need to visit Nepal at one of those great festivals.    

Festivals of Nepal – Exhibit Culture and Tradition

The Nepalese people are keeping their culture and traditions close to their hearts. The age-old religious traditions are still in practice along with the modernity.

If you would like to know the place you’re visiting closely, then festivals are the best chance you’ve got. You can enjoy both your holidays and festivals in Nepal, and come back with a fine experience.

The following are the popular festivals of Nepal.

S.NoMonthFestival NameHow it is celebrated?
1JanuaryLhosarCelebrated with wearing traditional dresses and prayers
2JanuaryBasanta PanchamiCelebrated with offering to the Goddess Saraswati
3FebruaryMaha ShivratriCelebrated with special delicacies
4MarchHoliCelebrated with colored powders and color balloons
5MarchGhode JatraCelebrated with a horse race
6AprilNepali New yearCelebrated with chariot battle, sweets, fruits and gifts
7MayBuddha JayantiCelebrated with grand ceremonies and festivities
8 May / June Rato Machchhendranath Celebrated with a procession
9JulyNaag PanchamiCelebrated with special offerings
10AugustJanai PurnimaCelebrated with putting a sacred thread around their wrists
11AugustGai JatraCelebrated with worshipping a decorated cow
12AugustKrishna JanmashtamiCelebrated with worshipping Krishna and special prayers
13AugustRishi PanchamiCelebrated with paying homage to saints
14SeptemberIndra JatraCelebrated with masked dance performances
15September/ October TeejCelebrated with songs , dance and sweets
16OctoberDashainCelebrated with more offerings to the Goddess Durga
17October / NovemberTiharCelebrated with lamps, candles and colorful lights
18NovemberChhathCelebrated with offerings to the Sun
19NovemberMani RimduCelebrated with a masked dance
20DecemberKathmandu International Mountain film festivalCelebrated with a screening of movies

 

Lhosar

Lhosar -The Most Popular Festivals Celebrated in Nepal

Nepalese ethnic groups namely the Gurung, Tamang, and Sherpa, celebrate Lhosar. Lhosar is the first day of the New Year and every culture will observe the festival.

Young and old wear traditional clothes, and celebrations are conducted in cities and in more remote regions.

How Do They Celebrate Lhosar?

  • People celebrate it with dance, music ,social meet-ups.
  • As a result,they exchange greetings and presents to mark the New Year.
  • During this festival, families prepare special dishes for gods and goddesses.
  • Changkol, produced from chhaang a traditional Tibetan beer-like drink during Lhosar.

Basanta Panchami

Basanta Panchami-The Most Popular Festivals Celebrated in Nepal

Worshippers worship goddess Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom and the craft, arts, and music maker. Even Basanta Panchami marks the end of winter and the start of spring.

Maha Shivratri  – Nepal’s Most Divine Festival

Maha Shivratri

During ‘Maha Shivaratri ‘, Hindus take a bath early in the morning and fast on that day. Then they visit the temples of Shiva.

Best place to see the festival is at Kathmandu’s Pashupatinath temple.Besides,thousands of Sadhus, Hindu holy men, smoke marijuana, found dear to Lord Shiva.

People often drink Bhang. It is a drink that has a combination of ground nuts, spices, herbs, and hemp extracts.

Special features of This Festival

  • The prayers and the aartis at night look entrancing.
  • A big fair takes place around the temple of Pashupatinath.
  • Therefore thousands of people are visiting it to see sadhus.
  • They also see other people  performing, singing, snake dancing, circus.
  • They also buy traditional and puja things.

Holi – A Vibrant Festival of Nepal

Holi

Holi is a celebration that is very vibrant and pleasant. People in Trerai celebrate on one particular day, and on the next day at Kathmandu and the hill regions.

People rub colored powders and throw colored water and water balloons on their families and acquaintances.

On this day, it is desirable not to carry any valuable items out with you.

Ghode Jatra – A Symbolic Festival

Ghode Jatra

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In the Kathmandu Valley, Ghode Jatra is symbolic and it is for warding off evil Gurumapa. People still believe that the demon’s soul lives underground at Tundikhel.

To stop him from getting up again, the Nepal Army is holding a horse race on this day.

Nepali New Year

Nepali New Year

This is a huge holiday in Nepal. Bhaktapur, where the Bisket Jatra takes place. The festival is especially dynamic to spend the day. A big cart bears the god Bhairab.

The cart starts its procession down streets. As a result, the festival ends with a chariot battle at Khalna Tole in Bhaktapur.

How Is the Festival of Nepal Performed?

  • Children including adults, give their mothers candy, fruits and presents to show respect.
  • Those whose mothers have passed away visit Mata Tirtha in west Kathmandu.
  • They  take a holy bath and perform rituals in remembrance of their mothers.

Buddha Jayanti

Buddha Jayanti

Buddha’s birthday falls on the first full day of the Hindu lunar calendar’s first month.

So, the festival is for both Hindus and Buddhists. People perform it in Nepal at Buddhist shrines and monasteries.

But a grand ceremony is conducted at the Lumbini,the  birthplace of Buddha.  Kathmandu is an exceptionally good place to enjoy the festivities.

Rato Machchhendranath – The Oldest Festival of Nepal

Rato Machchhendranath

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Held in Patan,it is the oldest and biggest festival in Nepal. People spend several weeks to design a huge chariot and eventually the deity Machchhendranath will be put inside.

Three days later, the chariot starts its procession toward Bungamati. Machchhendranath is the rain deity of Newar, and it is a festival of monsoon season.

Naag Panchami – Festival for Serpent God

Naag Panchami

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Naag Panchami falls halfway through the monsoon. It is a Hindu festival that worships Naag, the serpent god.

People worship Naag’s pictures  in doorways, and they offer milk.

People believe that worshipping Naag will guard them from snake bites. This festival shows respect for serpents as guardians of nature and ensures frequent rainfall in the Kathmandu Valley.

Janai Purnima – A Holy Thread Festival of Nepal

Janai Purnima

Janai Purnima is a holy thread festival. On this day, Hindu people are performing their annual Janai change.

People celebrate this festival by placing a sacred thread around their wrist. Gosaikunda, the high-altitude holy pool, bears witness to this day’s joyous celebration.

Gai Jatra – The Festival of Cows

Gai Jatra

The name of the festival is Gai Jatra (the festival of cows), and it is now a combination of three rituals .The first and the earliest practices include worship of Yamaraj, the ancient god of death.

The festival thus profoundly represents the recognition and celebration of death, as a part of life.Any family that has lost a member in the previous year would lead through the city in a finely decorated calf.

 Krishna Janmashtami

Krishna Janmashtami

Krishna Janmashtami commemorates Krishna’s birth who is the lead character in the Hindu epic, the Mahabharat. On this day Hindu devotees visit the temples of Krishna.

In fact, thousands of devotees assemble in Patan Durbar Square at Stone Krishna Mandir.

Rishi Panchami

Rishi Panchami

Rishi Panchami is a festival that follows Teej Puja instantly. Hindu people add excessive significance to this Rishi Panchami festival.

They celebrate Rishi Panchmi immediately. So they pay homage to the Saints on this day. People believe that their sins will be forgiven during their menstrual cycle.

Indra Jatra

Indra Jatra

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Indra Jatra is one of Nepal’s most sought after festivals. The festival’s nature lies in its hope for a good harvest.

The Nepalese also engage in masked dance performances.People commonly consume Raksi, the popular Nepali liquor.

Teej –  The most important festival of Nepal. 

Teej

Teej is a Hindu festival, performed in September / October by women. Three days are observed for the festival. On the festival’s first day, married women fast for their husband’s life and wealth.

And unmarried women fast to get a good husband. The other two days are accompanied by annual Puja to bring happiness.

The Rites Performed by Women During the Festival

  • Women dress up in red Saris, with assorted ornaments.
  • Women sit around to dance and sing about womanhood.
  • They visit their families.
  • They enjoy different sweets before and after the fast.

Dashain – The Most Significant Festival of Nepal

Dashain

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Dashain is Nepalis’s most significant celebration. It is a festival of goodness that prevails above the darkness. Most families provide goddess Durga. They offer the goddess with male goats, ducks, chickens, eggs, and coconuts.

People enjoy the 15-day festival with their family members. Big swings are set up for babies. And family members collect Tika from their elders on their foreheads.

Tihar – The Second Largest festival of Nepal

Tihar

Tihar is the second-largest festival in Nepal, following Dashain. The people worship a separate deity in each of the three days: on the first day the crow, the carrier of Yama (the bringer of death); on the second, puppies, who are the custodian of Yama; and on the last, the goddess Lakshmi is worshipped. They devote the Goddess with the oil lamps, candles and bright decorations.

Chhath – The Most Popular Festival of Nepal

Chhath

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Chhath is the most popular event in the Terai region, which falls after Tihar on the seventh day. Devotees fast and gather at river banks to make offerings to the Lord. The Terai region is the perfect place to watch this festival or Kathmandu Central.

Mani Rimdu

Mani Rimdu

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Mani Rimdu has three components to it. First, the festival’s blessing of red pills, and then they’re given to those participating.Third, the formation of a colorful sand mandala diagram carried from nearby hills; the diagram is the center point of the festival’s next 10 days. At the end ,the diagram is removed with the monks. They hold a ceremony of fire to expel the damage from the earth. Finally, Rimdu includes a masked dance too.

 KIMFF

Kathmandu International Mountain film festival

Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival is an annual film festival. It  has been running from 2000 and takes place in December in Kathmandu. It exhibits Nepali and international filmmakers. Their  work focuses on the mountain communities ‘ environmental or cultural aspects. It lasts for several days, so don’t skip out on watching a movie or two at KIMFF.

Related Questions

1.How many festivals are there in Nepal?

Each year over 50 festivals are performed in Nepal. The national festivals have fixed dates. But astrologers arranged religious festivals according to the lunar calendar.

2.What is the main festival of Limbu?

Chasok Tangnam is the most significant festival among the Limbu people. This festival occurs on a Senchengla month full moon day or the Nepali calendar Mangsir month.

3.What is Diwali called in Nepal?

The second most celebrated festival in Nepal after Dashain (Dussehra) moreover , Diwali in Nepal is better known as Tihar.

4.Why Teej fast is kept?

A fast is kept and they focus on the moon. The Hariyali Teej festival is also celebrated to mark Lord Shiva’s reunion with Goddess Parvati, the day Lord Shiva acknowledged Goddess Parvati as his wife. Goddess Parvati is also nicknamed as Teej Mata.

5.Why do we celebrate Chhath Puja?

The Chhath Puja is devoted to the Sun and Shashthi Devi (Chhathi Maiya). To praise them for bestowing the bounties of life on earth and to recommend that certain wishes be fulfilled. The Nepalese and Indian people, along with their Diaspora, celebrate this event.

Top 10 popular festivals of Nepal

The Important Cultural Festivals of Nigeria

Experience these Colorful and Cultural Festivals in Nigeria

 “Festivals of Nigeria”  are cultural, conventional and societal events. They focus on different culture, education, religion, and traditions.

The cultural festivals honor the ancestors and saints of the particular groups. Others rejoice for certain cultural and religious rituals as well.

Societies and cultures also hold many festivities with the same beliefs and traditions. The festivals take place exactly the same time each year. So, the timeline is usually constant. 

Usually they occur according to natural happenings, such as the appearance of the moon and the first / last rain of the year.

Nigeria has different tribes and ethnic groups. Each of these tribes has celebrated their different festivals in a year, and for different reasons as well.

S.NoMonthFestivalHow is it celebrated?
1FebruaryThe Argungu fishing festivalCelebrated with a fishing competition
2FebruarySocial media week LagosCelebrated with lectures on the current social media trends
3MarchEko International festivalCelebrated with workshops and screenings of movies
4AprilLagos theatre festivalCelebrated with music, dance, songs, comedy and poetry
5May Eyo festivalCelebrated with masquerade and dance arts
6MayLagos CarnivalCelebrated with various colorful displays of culture and tradition
7AugustOsun-Osogbo festivalCelebrated with rich cultural displays
8AugustThe new yam festivalCelebrated with masquerades, cultural dances and local delicacies
9AugustOjude Oba festivalCelebrated with various traditional displays , parades ,dances and songs
10AugustThe Durbar festivalCelebrated with prayers and a musical parade
11AugustSango festivalCelebrated with colorful cultural displays
12September Lagos International Jazz festivalCelebrated with International Jazz acts
13OctoberFelabrationCelebrated with a display of African and Nigerian music
14OctoberNational festival of artsCelebrated with music, dance, poetry, drama, sculpting and paintings
15NovemberThe Egungun festivalCelebrated with masquerades, songs and dances
16NovemberMmanwu festivalCelebrated with masquerade displays
17 November The Abuja
Carnival
Celebrated with
various art and
cultural displays
18 December The Calabar Carnival Celebrated with masquerade, cultural dances and local delicacies
19 December Ofala festival Celebrated with various traditional, cultural and religious rights
20 December Carniriv Celebrated with a beauty pageant, praise jam and street parties

The Argungu Fishing Festival

The Argungu fishing festival  is popular in state of North-West Kebbi  and it takes place in February. It is a fun festival.

So, it features fisher men and they take part in a competition to catch the biggest fish.

They use traditional nets to mark the fishing competition. 

The different religious rites add color to this festival and make it stand out.

Social media week Lagos

Social media week Lagos

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This is a week-long convention held in the city of Lagos. And it is definitely a must-attend for those in the digital marketing, media, and tech space.

The event features lectures and insights into current global business and tech trends.

Eko International festival

Eko International festival

The Eko International Film Festival (EKIFF), is another major event in the city of Lagos. It features filmmakers and film personalities from Nigeria, Africa, Europe and America.

They all gather in the city of Lagos to promote the Nigerian film industry.

Besides movie screenings, the festival features screenplays, scores, workshops, and talks.

Lagos theatre festival

Lagos theatre festival

The Lagos Theater Festival is a week-long art festival. It takes place in the city of Lagos, featuring over 600 local and international artists.

They all come from Nigeria, Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. They perform in and around the city at different venues.

The festival also features theatre, film, dance, music, poetry, and comedy performances.

Eyo festival

Eyo festival

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The Eyo festival, which is probably the most popular festival in Nigeria. People in Lagos, Nigeria or  Isale Eko celebrate it.

It takes place in May and features a colorful traditional masquerade display, Besides, various local dance arts manifestations.

The masquerades  emerge from the Oba’s Iga-or palace-or any of its chiefs of the cabinet.

The festival showcases the Yoruba community’s culture and tradition that renders a major tourist attraction in the Lagos region. When you’re around  in the city, do stay for the Eyo festival for a while. Sure it will be a thrill.

Lagos Carnival

Lagos Carnival

One of the most popular and highly anticipated festivals/carnivals in Nigeria. The Lagos carnival takes place during the black heritage festival and it  is a celebration of the rich cultural heritage of different cultures from Nigeria.

The Lagos Carnival, which is over a hundred years old, usually held on Lagos Island. The slave returnees who came from Brazil, Cuba, Liberia, and Sierra Leone began to celebrate it. 

All of these different cultures converged in Lagos, and so the Carnival of Lagos was born. The carnival  features different colorful displays of culture and tradition from across the different cultures. It usually takes place in the month of May.

Osun-Osogbo festival

Osun-Osogbo festival

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Celebrated in Osun City, Nigeria, in the month of August. The Osun-Osogbo festival is a two-week-long event and it celebrates the Osun people’s rich cultural patrimony.

At the holy Osun Groove, the celebration is observed in memory of a dietitian, as it is held in recognition of the goddess of the Osun River.

Besides the sacrifices and traditional rituals that have been conducted at this prestigious gathering, the rich cultural displays offered to render this festival-worthy.

The new yam festival

The new yam festival

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People from Southern and Eastern parts of Nigeria, as well as the Idoma celebrate it. The festival is a festival of unification because it brings together the different tribes that celebrate it, especially the Igbo.

The festival takes place in August. It includes some ceremonies to praise the numerous deities of the different tribes. It is for a good year of farming and to set start another year of farming.

The festival has masquerade shows, traditional dances, and assorted delicacies. 

Ojude Oba festival

Ojude Oba festival

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In 1982, IJebu land’s Oba Adesumbo Tunwase sighed a treaty of relationship with the British Queen. As a result, they allowed British missionaries to preach Christianity in Ijebu.

And they gave out the land for the construction of the region’s first church–St. Saviors, Italupe–and even allowing some of its children to be converted and baptized.

He would also be giving land for the Muslims to build their Central Mosque. This then gave birth to the Ojude Oba–meaning “Festival in the King’s Court” in Yoruba.

The festival is an opportunity to pay homage to the traditional ruler for his benevolence towards the people. It falls on the third day of the Ileya Festival (Eid-el-Kabir). The festival features various traditional displays, parades, dances, and songs.

The Durbar festival

The Durbar festival

It showcases a royal parade of thousands of men festooned with different colorful horse-riding attires. Usually celebrated at the end of the celebrations of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

The festival begins with prayers and then a colorful musical parade of the Emir and his horses follows.

The parade ends at the Palace of the Emirs, and then the festival continues with different competitions and colorful displays.

Sango festival

Sango festival

The Sango festival in western Nigeria is a popular festival among the Yoruba people. Celebrated to honor the god of Yoruba, Sango, the festival is held annually and the people of Yoruba from all over Nigeria are seen returning to respect the deity. It features various colorful cultural displays that showcase the Yoruba people’s rich heritage.

Lagos International Jazz festival

Lagos International Jazz festival

The Lagos International Jazz Festival is an event celebrating the aesthetic value of Jazz music as an art form.

It features various local and international jazz performances as well as workshops, lectures, concerts, and exhibitions on jazz.

Felabration

Felabration

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Felabration features a dazzling display of African and Nigerian music. It is a genre pioneered by Fela ,especially Afrobeat.

With more than 30 000 people attending the New Afrika Shrine gathering, Felabration is certainly one of Nigeria’s biggest festivals.

National festival of arts

National festival of arts

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The festival showcases and encourages Nigerian art, and for cultivating harmony and national development through it.

The National Arts Festival is an event featuring art exhibits from across the world.

Many vivid shows of this festival are music, dance, theater, artwork, sculpting, and paintings.

The Egungun festival

The Egungun festival

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The Egungun Festival is celebrated to mark the death of important personalities in the Yoruba Kingdom.

The festival is part of the traditional Yoruba religion and is celebrated by the Egbas, Egbados, Oyo’s people, and other tribes in the Southwest of Nigeria.

It is believed that the masquerades are possessed by the ancestors ‘ spirit and perform various rites of cleansing across the community.

The festival takes place between November and April, when there is no rain.With the general belief is that the ancestors ‘ spirit should not suffer in the rain.

The Abuja Carnival – The Most Popular Festival of Nigeria

The Abuja Carnival

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With over 2 million people attending, the Abuja Carnival is definitely one of  the  most popular events of the year.

Held by the Carnival Roadshow Company towards the end of November, the Abuja carnival features various art and cultural displays including magic shows, music, and dance.

Mmanwu festival – A Festival of Masquerade Dispalys

Mmanwu festival

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Mainly held in Nigeria’s Enugu state, the Mmanwu festival features entertaining masquerade displays.

The masquerades depict ancestors or gods of a village, and as such it may only be worn by selected members of a community.

It is believed that those who wear the masks are owned by the spirits of their respective ancestors.

The Calabar Carnival – The Most Important Festival of Nigeria

The Calabar Carnival

It is the largest street party in Africa and the most awaited festival in Nigeria. The festival reveals why the state of Cross River is considered one of the country’s major tourism hubs.

The carnival is a state-wide festival usually held in early December. The festival shows off rich culture and religion of the Calabar and Nigerian people.

The  masquerade, cultural dances, customs, and delicacies make this Nigerian carnival remarkable one.

Ofala festival – The Oldest Festival of NigeriaOfala festival

The festival takes place to mark the end of the Igbo calendar’s thirteenth month and the beginning of a new Igbo year (Igu Aro).

It also honors the authority and wisdom of the traditional ruler in the land to rule and guide the people. The Ofala festival is one of the oldest Igbo people festivals.

The name Ofala festival derives from two Igbo words-Ofo, meaning authority, and Ala, meaning Land. The festival features different traditional, cultural and religious rights.

It shows the ruler’s bestowal of chieftaincy titles on deserving individuals. It’s usually held at the end of each year.

Carniriv – A Thrilling Cultural Event

Carniriv

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It takes place in Port-Harcourt’s city .The Carniriv is a thrilling cultural event featuring colorful cultural displays.

And includes an aquatic festival, a beauty pageant, heritage displays, a praise jam, and a number of street parties. It also features performances from a number of local and international events.

The event is a purely cultural carnival and a contemporary Caribbean style. It is a celebration that lasts seven days and takes place before Christmas.

You should not miss this colorful and exciting festival in Port-Harcourt .

Related questions

1.What is the traditional festival in Nigeria?

Often recognized as “Isale Eko,” the indigenous celebrate ‘ Eyo, ‘ a spiritual and religious masquerade display . It is, therefore, one of Nigeria’s most popular cultural festivals today.

2.What is the name of Hausa festival?

The majority of the Hausa group is Muslims. They hold two important religious festivals. One is Eid Al Kabir and the other one is Eid Al Fitri.The Durbar festival  is the culmination of the two main Muslim celebrations.

3.What is Nigeria known for?

Nigeria  produces and sells petroleum because it is a major source of the nation’s economy. It is also responsible for about 95 percent of foreign exchange products and 70 percent of government revenue. This Country remains Africa’s largest oil producer and the world’s twelfth largest producer.

4.What music is popular in Nigeria?

Afrobeat is a form more closely associated with Nigeria. Practitioners and enthusiasts are present in West Africa. Afro beat records are a prominent part of the developed world music genre. It is music with highlife components, and other western African music forms.

5.What is Nigerian culture?

The culture has multiple ethnic groups in Nigeria. The rest of the ethnic groups in Nigeria are found throughout the country. But especially in the middle and north belt. The Hausa tends to be Muslim, and the Igbo are largely Christian.

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The Important Festivals of Panama

The Top 15 Festivals of Panama that You Should Not Miss

Festivals of Panama will let you enjoy the country’s tradition and culture.People in Panama are quite pleasant people, and enjoy celebrating life and party. If you’re on holiday in Panama try one of its festivals.

Festivals of Panama are lively and also represent the essence of the people of Panama. Many of them occur from December to March  but there are other festivals all year round as well.

Panamanians hold their holidays and festivals close to their heart. During festivals, streets would be shut down, stores would be closed and people also would come out in colorful costumes.

When you plan on traveling during a vacation and try to book accommodation far ahead of time. Keep your camera ready too, since there are likely to be some great photo moments.

 Festivals of Panama are as follows:

S.NoMonthFestivalHow it is celebrated ?
1JanuaryPanama Jazz festivalCelebrated with Jazz events
2JanuaryBoquete Coffee and Flower FestivalCelebrated with coveted coffee from Boquete, artisans crafts, and flowers
3FebruaryBoquete Jazz and Blues festivalCelebrated with the blend of Jazz and Blues music
4MarchCarnivalCelebrated with parades, floats, music, dancing, and partying
5MarchFestival de Diablos y Congos de portobeloCelebrated with diablos parades
6March / AprilSemana SantaCelebrated with the enactment of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ
7AprilEasterCelebrated with get-togethers and feastings
8May – JulyCorpus ChristiCelebrated with elaborate dances that symbolize the battle between good and evil
9JulyPollera festivalCelebrated with contests, parades, food and music
10SeptemberFeria del mar Celebrated with thrill rides, seafood, water sports and local arts and crafts
11September International festival of the SeaCelebrated with folklores and dances
12SeptemberFestival de la Mejorana en GuararéCelebrated with Dance and music
13OctoberFestival de Cristo Negro de PortobeloCelebrated with a procession
14NovemberFiestas PatriasCelebrated with processions and parades
15DecemberSobresaltos dance festivalCelebrated with bullfights, horse parades and much more

1.Panama Jazz festival

Panama Jazz festival

With the Panama Jazz Festival, Panama welcomes summer. The festival of Panama draws international artists and also promotes Panama City to the jazz world.

The festival is the Danilo Pérez Foundation’s most important annual event is to rebuild the society through music and also in a constructive way.

2.Boquete Coffee and Flower Festival

Boquete Coffee and Flower Festival

Boquete develops with the Flower and Coffee Festival every January. This ten-day festival of Panama involves Boquete artisans ‘ popular coffee and stunning flowers as well.

The festival has been held in Boquete since 1984. The aim of the festival is to  develop agricultural development and also tourism. The fair includes Colombian, Ecuadorian, Bolivian folk groups and local bands.

3.Boquete Jazz and Blues festival

Boquete hosts this international music festival. It has developed into a popular festival since its introduction and it also sees foreigners as well.

Immediately during the Panama Jazz Festival, the festival begins, typically towards the end of Feb.

To check for dates and locations, you should search for the “Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival.”

4.CarnivalCarnival

Panama’s most huge Carnaval celebration is in the small town of Las Tablas on the Azuero Peninsula. The celebration here also has parades, floats, music, dancing, and serious partying.

The Las Tablas festival focuses on the coronation of the town’s two Carnaval Queens, one from Calle Arriba (high street) and one from Calle Abajo (Low Street).

The town breaks along those lines and establishes courts for their respective queen, or tunas.

Each court tries to outdo the other in song, dance, and dresses throughout  the festival.

As the queens’ parade floats around the city, their respective tunas follow and compose songs.

Then, they praise their queen and mock their opponent. The songs are fun and humorous. Every Tuesday night the party ends, just before the Ash Wednesday.

5.Festival de Diablos y Congos de portobelo

Festival de Diablos y Congos de portobelo

This festival is the Colon province’s most special representation of folklore.  The festival portray the tradition of dances and the interpretation of Afro-American culture.

Such dances have great historical significance in Afro-Panamanian tradition and Diablo is  a reflection of slave masters ‘ ferocity.

6.Semana Santa

Semana Santa

Semana Santa (Holy Week) is another widespread celebration that happens the week before Easter. During this time, cities in Panama are hosting religious events.

It includes Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. Many Panamanians take a break from work and go straight to the beach. You can expect the crowds along the coast during Semana Santa’s visit.

7.Easter

Easter

The country’s principal religion is Roman Catholicism, so Lent is popular throughout the amazing fanfare.

During holy days, members of the family go to church. Then they rejoice themselves with get-togethers, and banquets for Easter. Easter falls in April Month.

8.Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi is a Christian festival symbolic of the Eucharist

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Corpus Christi is a Christian festival symbolic of the Eucharist. The origins are from 1251 when it was approved by Pope Urban IV. 

Corpus Christi lasts nearly two weeks in La Villa. The festival includes  dances that symbolize the war between good and evil.

Colorful outfits repaint both the devils and the angels. They dance and perform their respective roles in turns.

Ultimately, good predominates over evil, and they beat the devils.

The festival takes place both on La Villa streets and in its churches. The dates differ from year to year, but it’s generally held between May and July.

9.Pollera festival

Pollera festival

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The town of Las Tablas hosts a festival during the month of July. The Panamanian Pollera is one of the most glamorous cultural costumes in the country. This festival takes place in the park of Belisario Porras.

The festival sees the celebrations for Santa Librada, Las Tablas ‘ patron saint. The most awaited element of the festival is the National Pollera Competition. People from across the world bid for the Margarita Lozano trophy.

The Pollera-a broad and finely designed skirt popular in Panamanian folk dances. It has become an emblem of Panamanian national pride. Las Tablas Pollera Festival highlights the history and craftsmanship of the national costume.

Hundreds of participants compete in the categories of best cross stitch, embroidery, chalk, shadow, regional gala, and Montuna. The contest ends in a queen’s crowning and a parade marking the festival’s conclusion.

10.Feria del mar

Feria del mar

Feria del Mar, from Bocas Del Toro, is a four-day festival that attracts thousands of people to the island. The festival is for the fishermen and the ocean.

With the perfect mix of sunshine, beaches, and local arts and crafts, visitors from all over Bocas join take part the event.

They pay tribute to the captivating Caribbean Sea. People dance to the beat of Calypso, Blues, Reggae, Bachata, Salsa, Merengue. 

11.International festival of the Sea

International festival of the Sea

The International Sea Festival is a celebration of the marine culture and resources in the region, and partly an educational experience as well. The festival is an opportunity to educate local people and visitors about the environment .

They raise awareness through information pavilions set up throughout Bocas del Toro.

However, it’s not all serious business, as the International Sea Festival attracts more than 20,000 visitors every year.

People come there to get into the water, can celebrate by listening to music and eating local foods.

12.Festival de la Mejorana en Guararé

Festival de la Mejorana en Guararé

Dance groups from all over Panama and from other Latin American countries will join this annual event. Festivities include a colorful procession, where a parade takes place down the streets.

Folkloric dances which were once part of other festivities elsewhere are often used only at this event today.

For e.g., this is the only festival where dance is performed, known as La Pajarita (Little Bird). Unlike the Devil dances, La Pajarita seems to be pervaded by a cool, sacred nature.

13.Festival de Cristo Negro de Portobelo

Festival de Cristo Negro de Portobelo

In Afro Panamanian mythology, the diablo is said to reflect the slave masters ‘ ferocity. Thousands of diablos march through the streets of the colonial city of Portobelo in March .

Once in every 2 years, they wear the masks of the wolves, ghosts, spirits, and witches. The people enjoy the diablos in the rhythm of the congo drums and music.

14.Fiestas Patrias

Fiestas Patrias

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It is one of Panama’s most important cultural activities on the calendar, Fiestas Patrias marks the independence of the country from Colombia in 1903 as well as the nation’s Flag Day, making it an especially patriotic affair.

This annual festival occurs in Panama City, so it is a must-see for tourists who spend time in the capital of Panama.

The Panamanian flag is a major thing since it was designed during its independence. For this purpose, Panama has not one, but two independence days, making the Fiestas Patrias a very essential celebration.

Distinctive Panamanian culture is showed during this event, as a huge parade is often led by a female dancer dressed in pollera ̈.

During the celebration,  many people make the annual pilgrimage to  the Church of San Felipe, where the Black Jesus figure stands on the left of a majestic golden Altar.

This remarkable platform has extensive carvings of the path of Jesus to Golgotha, where He was crucified. Many pilgrims pay respect to their Lord and some dress up in purple robes as a sign of repentance for their sins.

15.Sobresaltos dance festival

Sobresaltos dance festival

This wild celebration of music, is performed in December each year at Casco Viejo, Panama City. The festival is  modern and it’s fun!

You can join local Facebook migrant communities so that you can find bird-watching groups, theater groups and all sorts of other activities.

If you’re interested in exploring the village areas, you’ll find some good rodeos, horse parades, and even local bullfights. But they won’t hurt the beasts, they only show off their skills!

Related questions

1.What is the most popular holiday in Panama?

Carnival is probably the most popular in Panama when it comes to holidays and festivals of Panama. It is also the official public holiday, accompanying Ash Wednesday.

2.Why is Carnival celebrated in Panama?

 It is celebrated with Dance, Party, and Get Wet. People started Celebrating in Panama since the early 1900s; this huge party starts four days before the Ash Wednesday. People stop their work and the streets are lined with parades, dancing and partying.

3.What is Panama famous for?

Because of the Panama Canal, Panama is recognized as a transit country. The country is popular for its canal, birding, whitewater rafting, and also snorkeling tours. Panama develops a natural bridge across land which connects South and Central America.

4.What is the culture like in Panama?

The history of Panama is a combination of African, American Indian, North American, and Spanish roots.They reflect in their typical arts and crafts, literature, worship, athletics, and cuisine. Panamanian music is popular all over Latin America and the country is also famous for its many festivals.

5.Do they celebrate Christmas in Panama?

Many people worship at their church in the morning on Christmas Eve, 25th December. Christmas is celebrated on Christmas Eve and also on Christmas Day. Panama’s other big holiday is Epiphany or Dia de los Reyes (Kings Day), when the kids get gifts.

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The Traditional Festivals Celebrated in Portugal

20 Pulsating Festivals of Portugal that You Must Partake

The traditional festivals in Portugal features sardines, sand sculpture, classical music and more.

Most of Portugal’s villages and towns have their own popular celebration (Festa), or pilgrimage (Romaria).

In other words, such traditional festivals mark the history and culture of Portugal. Besides the traditional festivals ,there are also some great contemporary activities.

It also includes music festivals, gay pride celebrations, and more.

Popular Portuguese events are the best way to experience its rich culture.

The top traditional festivals of Portugal are as follows:

S.NoMonth FestivalHow it is Celebrated?
1JanuaryEpiphanyCelebrated with The traditional crown-shaped cake 
2FebruaryCarnivalCelebrated with Rio – like carnival parades
3MarchLisboa dance festivalCelebrated with various kinds of electronic music
4March
/April
EasterCelebrated with religious processions
5March-
August
International sand sculpture festivalCelebrated with magnificent sand sculptures
6MayFesta das CruzesCelebrated with Parades, Circus performance, horse races and fire works
7MayPeregrinacao de FatimaCelebrated with congregation carrying the statue of Mother Mary
8MayIberian Mask festivalCelebrated with wearing masks and funky dresses
9JuneFeast day of Saint AnthonyCelebrated with lights, streamers and grilled sardines
10JuneArraial PrideCelebrated with music, food and drink
11JuneRock in Rio – LisboaCelebrated with different types of music
12JuneFesta de Sao JoaoCelebrated with street parties and music
13JuneNOS Primavera SoundCelebrated with different types of music performed by artists
14JulyFesta dos TabuleirosCelebrated with the most spectacular procession
15JulyFesta dos Colete EncarnadoCelebrated with a parade
16August/
September
Feira de SaoCelebrated with the longest procession
17NovemberFeira Nacional do CavaloCelebrated with competitions ,food and wine
18NovemberSao MartinhoCelebrated with bonfire and parties
19DecemberChristmasCelebrated with  bacalhau , a traditional food
20DecemberNew Year’s EveCelebrated with dance parties

1.Epiphany

The typical crown-shaped egg bolo rei (king’s cake) is consumed with a lucky charm and a bean inside;

If you get the bean in your slice, then, next year, you have to buy the cake.

2.Carnival

Carnival

You can find Carnival parades all over Portugal.  The festivities are held at Lisbon and the Algarve cities.

The festival may seem to be feathers, spandex, and sequins in Rio style.

Portugal’s Carnival festivals refers to time when people gave up meat.

Therefore, traditionally it starts on the last Friday before Lent.

3.Lisboa dance festival

Lisboa dance festivalLisboa dance festival is another cultural event.

This festival was introduced in 2016. But it has become very popular now.

The diverse line-ups show the latest music scenario. If you’re up for music festivals in Portugal , then you can dance to the rhythms.

4.Easter

Easter

Easter (Semana Santa)has witnessed holy processions in many places. Most grandly in Braga and in the Algarve (Festa das Tochas).

The Festa da Mãe Soberana in Loule is one of the largest Easter festivals in the world.

One more is Tomar, however,the procession’s floral crosses are destroyed later.

5.International sand sculpture festival

International sand sculpture festival

Since 2003, FIESA has been running the International Sand Sculpture Festival held in Pera, Algarve.

Artists make sand sculptures using about 40,000 tons of sand over an area of 15,000 square meters.

They represent great details of men, places, and things. Some sculptures even boom up to 12 meters in height!

Visitors can attend workshops, contests, and demonstrations. The promoters of the festival light the beautiful sculptures up at night.

6.Festa das Cruzes

Festa das Cruzes

Festa das Cruzes is the festival of the Crosses and  is the largest annual event held in Barcelos, Minho. Its roots date back to the 16th century when the cross stood as a sign of divine presence.

The festival was inherently religious until the 19th century. It attracted pilgrims from all over Portugal.

It’s a much more traditional festival nowadays.Since it includes local parades, circus shows, horse races, and fireworks.

7.Peregrinacao de Fatima

Peregrinacao de Fatima

Peregrinação de Fátima is Portugal’s most popular Catholic pilgrimage. On 13 May 1917, three kids saw a remarkable glimpse of the Virgin Mary.

More apparitions began to appear later that same year. Large numbers of visitors clearly observed this.

Massive numbers of visitors come here all year round. But the most important date is May 13. There is a procession of candlelight which leads down to the sanctuary.

During the Adeus (farewell) procession, tearful crowds wave white handkerchiefs.

Since a congregation carries a statue of the Virgin Mary from the high altar to the Chapel . A second pilgrimage also takes place in October.

8.Iberian Mask festival

Iberian Mask festival

This is probably one of the best celebrations in Portugal. During the first week of May, the Iberian Mask Festival is held.

People wear quirky outfits and masks in this remarkable festival.

They march in the streets of Lisbon. The festival is held to celebrate the ethnic and cultural connections.

It exists in the Portuguese province of Spain. The four-day festivities encourage people to enjoy the nature of Iberian culture and to learn it.

The masks are the key aspect of the celebration. But the real typical Pagan masks in the Iberian Peninsula differ from region to region.

The masks still remind of the ancient roots of Spanish and Portuguese cultures.

9.Feast day of Saint Anthony

Feast day of Saint Anthony

During the festival of Saint Anthony, Lisbon’s Alfama district is decorated with lights and streamers. Besides, the restaurants and houses prepare grilling sardines on churrascos .

The tradition tells the story of how a fish from the sea to listen to the saint of the 13th century. Saint Anthony is also known as the saint of the matchmaker. Women fill their mouths with water till they hear the man’s name. 

10.Arraial Pride

Arraial Pride

The Arraial Pride is the largest gay pride festival since 1996. You can expect the usual fun and gaiety of music, food, and drink.

But it usually takes place at the end of June. Each year the precise date and location of the LGBT event vary.

11.Rock in Rio – Lisboa

Rock in Rio – Lisboa

This is one of Portugal’s biggest music festivals. It is based on its popular Brazilian predecessor, Rock in Rio. The four-day, music festival, held in Lisbon’s Bela Vista Park.

It attracts top international musicians and DJs. It also welcomes blossoming talents to deliver on the World Stage. The Rock 2020 will be held in Rio-Lisboa from 20-21 and 27-28 June.

12.Festa de Sao Joao 

Festa de Sao Joao

The ceremony pays homage to St John the Baptist.  It is celebrated for more than 600 years in Porto in June.

This ends with street parties and music. The party continues until late into the evening.

Party-goers unleash sky lanterns and balloons and appreciate fireworks display at midnight. They keep on celebrating till the morn.

The people will bash each other over the head with plastic hammers . Young men are also tossing garlic roses at women.

13.NOS Primavera Sound

NOS Primavera Sound

It is one more important music festival in Portugal, you can take part in Nos Primavera.

This festival is prompted by the large scale event in Barcelona. Both are funded by NOS.

The event falls in June and explores a sequence of artistic variety. It is one of the best electronic festivals in Portugal, with numerous performers.

14.Festa dos Tabuleiros

Festa dos Tabuleiros

Girls parade around the streets of Tomar during the first two weeks of July. They carry heaps of bread on their heads as a component of the ancient Festa dos Tabuleiros (Festival of the Trays).

It is also regarded as Festa do Divino Espirito Santo (Holy Spirit Festival). The event is not only the largest but also the most phenomenal procession.

This takes place every four years, however.

People just walk in pairs with the women wearing tabuleiros; these are headdresses made of bread lined in rows.

They are bedecked with flowers and capped with crowns or doves. There are other typical processions besides the major parade.

15.Festa dos Colete Encarnado

Festa dos Colete Encarnado

Festa do Colete Encarnado (or Red Waistcoat Festival) is Portugal’s response to the running of bulls in Pamplona.

It derives its name from the traditional red waistcoats donned by regional campinos.

The three-day festival usually starts every year with a procession. It honors the campino (cowboy) in the city square and into the streets.

Then the bulls run loose down Vila Franca de Xira streets.Men try to stay out of their way because there have been fatalities in the past during the festival.

16.Feira de Sao

Feira de Sao

The hilltop town of Viseu is one of the best-preserved fortresses in Europe, along with the Spanish frontier.

Viseu is also the host of Southern Portugal’s longest festival procession. The Feira de São Mateus is a sequence of feasts memorializing Saint Matthew.

17.Feira Nacional do Cavalo

Feira Nacional do Cavalo

Presently, thousands of people come to Feira Nacional do Cavalo (National Horse Fair) to celebrate the two-week festivities.

In other words, is one of the country’s most powerful and influential horse-related festivals.

18.Sao Martinho

Sao Martinho

Every year, Saint Martin’s Day is observed on 11 of November. Saint Martin was a Roman soldier who gave his coat to a beggar to keep him warm; Therefore, the sun went out to cover him up.

As a result, warm winter days are called the Summer of Saint Martin. This is when the chestnuts get to ripen.

And the season’s first wine is fully prepared . Each season–named Magusto–the Portuguese celebrate with bonfires and celebrations.

The abundance of chestnuts and chestnut dishes will be present. After that they also drink a soft wine made from dregs.

In addition to it, northern Trás-os-Montes, Beira Baixa (especially Alcains), Golegã and Penafiel are the Saint Martin’s Day festivals of Portugal.

19.Christmas

Christmas

The biggest Christmas event on December 24 is Midnight Mass. Inaddition to octopus dinner, it is  accompanied by a popular bacalhau, ham, or Trás-os-Montes .

20.New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve Fest is Portugal’s most exciting event. In other words,it will greatly boost the level of your enthusiasm.

Those who watch out for festivals in Portugal, New Year’s Eve is absolutely the best one to proceed with.

Above all ,you can party hard through the Three-day festival marking the New Year.

Related questions

1.What is Carnival in Portugal?

The carnival is the largest festival of the year in Portugal. Meanwhile it brings people from all over the world.

Carnival usually occurs in February, just before lent starts and ihis marks the end of winter as well. It is also the season of abandonment of meat.

Indeed, in Portugal, the carnival generally lasts about three weeks.

2.What are the traditions in Portugal?

Many Portuguese traditions faded away over time. Fado, Galo de Barcelos, the azulejos, the calçada, the Rancho still  influence the culture of Portuguese. 

3.What is Portugal known for?

Portugal is renowned not only for its beaches, but also for food and the football heartthrob Cristiano Ronaldo.

4.What is the traditional dress of Portugal?

Traditional Portuguese is comprised of bouffant dresses for women made from saia (chequered or striped materials). Calsas, short leggings, sombreros, and men’s waistcoats are also the traditional attires.

Women sometimes carry a kerchief also. But this has a lot of variation depending on the region they belong to.

5.What is the Portuguese dance called?

The vira is another traditional Portugalian dance. It is the most popular in Minho however it is practiced in all regions.

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The best travel tips to Kuala Lumpur

The best travel tips to Kuala Lumpur make a traveler realize that it is one of the most diverse cities. It has a population with different races whose roots can be seen globally in its rich cuisine. You can see the remnants of its colonial past in majestically old buildings such as the abandoned Kellie’s Castle and City Hall.

One still gets the impression that Kuala Lumpur is all about busy places and shopping regions. It has incredibly rich natural scenery. Kuala Lumpur is an easy place even for first-timers to fly to. But, like any country, knowing a few things pays off before you jet off. Before you leave, check out the travel tips for Kuala Lumpur will make your holiday a memorable one.

What does Kuala Lumpur offer to its travelers?   

All you Need to Know When You Travel to Kuala Lumpur

 Kuala Lumpur is one of the booming towns where vast skyscrapers rise above; the glittering Petronas Towers lights make them look like antiques in the Great Gatsby era. Vendors offer a huge array of fast snacks, large streets devoted to food and a beautiful, eclectic mix of people in streets.Kuala Lumpur is a land of festivals and a wonderland of sights, smells, flavors and uncovered experiences.

The best travel tips to visit Kuala Lumpur enable the tourists to get to know its world-class museums and top-notch restaurants but blends Malay, Chinese, and Indian cultures as well. The city, affectionately known as KL, is riddled with towering concrete skyscrapers, picturesque parks; streets lined with food carts and varied historic buildings. Kuala Lumpur offers plenty of experiences to its travelers.

Best things to do 

The best things to do is one of the most important travel tips to Kuala Lumpur that help what you can do. When you visit Legoland, George Town, and the beaches. You will switch to other places once you have checked them off. One of our travel tips for Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia is to visit Jalan Alor where food seems to be everywhere you look. Go when the street comes alive in the evening with vendors hawking tasty Malaysian food. If you are in Langkawi, you go hopping on the island and discover what the archipelago has to offer. Don’t miss a visit to Malacca where you can explore the architecture and the buildings with red lacquer.

Festivals of Kuala Lumpur 

All you Need to Know When You Travel to Kuala Lumpur

If you want to make the most of your Malaysian trip and have unique experiences, keep a close watch on the local events and festivals that happen during your visit. This is one of the best ways to travel like a local than a tourist; on these occasions, you will have a time of your life and make your journey different from that of other people.

 How to go around Kuala Lumpur

All you Need to Know When You Travel to Kuala Lumpur

The travel tips to Kuala Lumpur will let you catch the right transport. Light Rail Transit is the most efficient and cheapest way to travel inside the city if you’re near one of its stations. This transit system consists of the RapidKL, KTM Commuter, and KL Monorail air-conditioners. For example, the Monorail rises above town every four minutes or so of top-level views and lands at its stations. Buy a prepaid Touch’ N Go card that you can swipe to reach a station gate and avoid fumbling in for cash. Taxis will take you where the metro can’t. Technically, drivers should use the meter when picking up passengers, but if they see a tourist, many claim a fixed payment.

Language

You can learn a few phrases in their local language before visiting Malaysia that will help you get around the areas. They may not speak English or their mother tongue. In some cases, words like’ how much,’ what time is it, etc. will help you a lot. Locals aren’t going to appreciate your initiative, but they love you more for engaging in their language and showering you with more affection and warm welcome.

Food in Kuala Lumpur

All you Need to Know When You Travel to Kuala Lumpur

Travel tips to Kuala Lumpur enable you to find the food of your choice. Like many countries in Southeast Asia, street food is extremely popular as it is cheap and delicious. Almost anywhere you can find it, but the best is in Kuala Lumpur and Penang’s capital. A few examples of popular street foods to try are Rojak (fruit and vegetable salad), apom balik (stuffed pancake), and koay chiap (duck and noodle soup). With each one there seemingly are much better than the next! Generally, street food doesn’t cost more than INR 200, depending on what you consume and where.

All you Need to Know When You Travel to Kuala Lumpur

If you develop a craving for Italian, French, and Japanese or prefer home cooking, Kuala Lumpur’s range of international restaurants will easily satisfy you. Several examples include Torii, a yakitori expert who also sells whiskey and sake, Frangipani, which offers sophisticated French cuisine, Marini’s on 57, which tells you to wear the right outfit before dining at the 57th floor of the Petronas Twin Towers on Italian dishes. Fierce Curry House Bangsar offers Indian biryanis; food courts encourage you to experience several varieties of kitchens in one place.

Travel tips on what to pack 

Malaysia lies close to the equator and enjoys a tropical climate. For the most part of the year, it is hot and humid although the highlands are cooler. Yet you’re not going to have to wear woolens. Our clothing travel tips in Malaysia include selecting lightweight clothes such as cotton, and loose-fit items. Also, go for light colors and stop black at all times! You want the heat mirrored and not drained.

Malaysia is a western country, but in particular, in certain areas, it is still traditional. Too exposing bare skin is frowned upon and will result in looks of disapproval. When you intend on visiting a place of worship, you’ll need to cover your hair or wear formal clothes. Bring along a few scarves, lightweight shoes, and long skirts to wear to these destinations.

Transport

Malaysian cities are well integrated and easy to get around. You can use taxis, buses, and trains to get from one place to another. If you are in Kuala Lumpur, your main point of departure is the KL Central Station, as it connects the city to many other provinces. Major cities offer affordable public transportation, such as buses. Also, they are a convenient way to travel. Meanwhile, taxis are the most practical way of moving between short distances. They’re unmetered though, and you’re going to have to decide on a rate in advance. You should look for a long-distance taxi or an intercity bus if you need to fly a route. For many travelers, taxis are the best choice for short distances and public transport for long rides.

Entertainment 

All you Need to Know When You Travel to Kuala Lumpur

Alcohol consumption is banned from the Muslim majority, which prohibits many from visiting bars. But this does not stop drinking places from fulfilling visitors ‘ needs. The travel tips to Kuala Lumpur will direct you towards the entertainment you want.

Zouk is considered the country’s top night club and is often headed by foreign DJs. There are distinct spaces which will compete in grabbing your attention by allowing everything from uninhibited dancing on multi-level platforms ringing with over 20 video screens to kicking back in the quiet atmosphere of a water-filled roof garden.

You can switch to the Sutra Dance Theatre, a sanctuary of classical Indian dance helmed by Malaysians, for more conventional entertainment. In his academy, the theater also teaches performance and exhibits work in his gallery.

If your definition of a night out is hobnobbing over a cup of joe with good friends then meet with your fellow hipsters at the Aku Cafe and Gallery. Take a sip of hand-drip or siphon-brewed coffee made from the combination of local and international beans as you admire the ever-changing art exhibits.

The Lake Gardens dates back to 1888 and boasts greenery extending over 92 hectares and encompassing two man-made lakes, several gardens, and sanctuaries for animals. The Bird Park houses more than 200 species, the Butterfly Park delights with 120 species and the Deer Park allows its deer varieties to be feed. The Orchid Gardens shows more than 600 valued plant species. Walking your feet from garden to garden will tire. Catch the shuttle in that case which costs only a small fee.

The National Zoo exhibits over 5,137 wildlife collections of 476 species in over 110 acres. You can visit, if you want to enjoy a larger collection of animals. The free philosophy positions more than 90 percent of species in settings that form their natural habitats.

The Aquaria KLCC hosts such rarities for swimming-type creatures as the Giant Blotched Fantail Fish, Sand-Tiger Sharks, and the Red-Bellied Piranha. A 90-meter underwater tunnel places you in the middle of the action by encouraging you to float around the marine denizens.

Shopping 

All you Need to Know When You Travel to Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, as the economic center of the country, can keep you busy shopping alone for days. From traditional crafts to high-tech electronics, you’ll find everything in ancient Chinese stores and glitzy new shopping centers.

Megamalls Mid Valley Megamall is the city’s largest, and one of the world’s largest. It extends over 420,000 square meters, which features over 430 stores, a cineplex, and four-story food courts with a basement.

Use the underground tunnel or a covered pedestrian bridge from Mid Valley to meet The Gardens, a luxurious six-story building that houses multinational luxury brands. Kuala Lumpur, situated in the center of trendy Bukit Bintang, is arguably the most popular merchandise of KL. Among many stories of interior shops and outdoor boutiques, you’ll find offerings from local designers as well as international retailers.

You can head to the Petaling Street stalls where you are expected to haggle with assertive merchants for the price of sunglasses, trainers, watches, and designer imitation wares. Kompleks Kraf Kuala Lumpur is another destination for high-quality Malaysian arts and crafts. In the village bungalows, you can observe the artisans at work who huddle behind the complex.

You can opt for the annual Year End Sale from mid-November to early January which takes place across the country. Discounts of up to 50% are available on certain items and will entertain the festive atmosphere, complete with carnivals, public performances, and lucky draws.

The attractions 

All you Need to Know When You Travel to Kuala Lumpur

One of the best reasons to visit is to rejoice at sights, smells, and things in your own country that are difficult or impossible to discover.

Museums The National Museum, with four galleries covering Early History, Malay Kingdoms, the Colonial Period and Malaysia Today, shows you everything you wanted to know about the region. The National Visual Arts Gallery preserves more than 4,000 pieces of modern and contemporary Malaysian art, with its distinctive pyramidal architecture. Temporary exhibits exchange pieces in Asia and overseas. At the National Theatre, performing arts earn their due next to the stage.

The Victorian landmark building that once housed the railway station of the city now houses the National Textile Museum, established in 2010. Four galleries showcase cotton, silk, gold and native plant tools and techniques, traditional fabrics, ethnic fashions, accessories, and decorations.

Holy places

If you have time for just one religious shrine then make about 13 kilometers north of KL a trek to the Batu Caves. The surface of this natural wonder is fortified by the gold-painted statue of Lord Murugan, the Hindu god of war that is 42 meters high. Climb the 272 concrete steps while dodging resident monkeys to reach the Cathedral Cave’s biggest cavern, dominated by a ceiling towering 100 meters above the natural ground. The National Mosque invites tourists when it is not busy with its five-time-a-day services for the Muslim majority. Holding up to 15,000 worshippers, several 73-meter-high minarets and a 16-point concrete star crown the roof and inside. The 13-hectare gardens surrounding the building contain calming pools and fountains.

The Chinese community is represented by the four-level Thean Hou Temple. On the first level, you can shop for souvenirs and refreshments, and then go up to the top prayer hall, which is decorated with dragons. Three deities, represented by sculptures of gold, look at any spiritual service: The Fisherman Goddess (Thean Hou), the Goddess of Mercy and the Waterfront Goddess.

 Borneo

All you Need to Know When You Travel to Kuala Lumpur

Go to peninsular Malaysia beyond Penang and Kuala Lumpur to explore Sabah and Sarawak on Borneo Island. Experience some of Malaysia’s best scuba diving on Sipadan Island and Layang Layang Island in the state of Sabah, hike to the top of Malaysia’s highest mountain Mt Kinabalu at 13,435 ft (4,095 m), or visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center to see the world’s largest sanctuary. Here, orangutans illegally captured, orphaned, and injured, are rehabilitated to survive a process that could take up to seven years in the wild. Pay a visit to Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak state to see spectacular rock formations, stroll inside the calcareous caves of Niah National Park, or check out the colonial buildings and street food in Kuching city for a bit of urban exploration.

Cuisine 

Food is often considered one of the best things. There is something for everyone from cheap roadside food stalls to deluxe fusion restaurants. The cuisine showcases the influences from India, China,and Thailand. The taste would be an intoxicating blend of traditions and spices. Health standards, even for street food, are higher here than elsewhere in Southeast Asia. But, following simple tips for good food hygiene is still a good idea.

You’ll also find a large variety of food with a diversity of cultures. Taste local Malay dishes like Nasi Lemak, Mee Goreng, Satay, Roti Canai, Teh Tarik or White Coffee, but also savor Indian or Chinese cuisine; you can find dishes comparable to Singapore and Indonesia’s cuisine. Traveling between towns will allow you to taste different local cuisines. This makes Kuala Lumpur a perfect destination for any food lover!

Flights are cheap

Air Asia facilitated and affordable air travel. This Malaysian-based budget airline flies from its two main hubs, Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu, all over Asia and beyond. It’s a low-cost carrier, so be vigilant of luggage restrictions and don’t expect any sympathy if for any reason you miss your flight.

Party hard

All you Need to Know When You Travel to Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur offers the possibility of a good party with less expensive alcohol.  You won’t find any full moon parties here, however. Kuala Lumpur and Penang have bar lanes, clubs and bars on the rooftop. But alcohol is much more expensive there. You can notice several bars in smaller towns too. But they may not be available until the late hours, like in Thailand. That doesn’t mean you should leave it out of your itinerary, this beautiful country still has a lot to do!

Weather 

All you Need to Know When You Travel to Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur enjoys a climate of tropical humidity. Annual temperatures average 26 degrees Celsius (97 Fahrenheit) but may exceed 33 degrees Celsius (91 Fahrenheit) at noon and fall below 22 degrees Celsius (71 Fahrenheit). There is a slight difference in seasonality. You should carry a shield to battle March, April, October and November rainier months, unless you’re struggling with rain as the locals do. They wait at a restaurant for the torrential downpours, knowing that any deluge typically only lasts 10 to 30 minutes.

The temperature in Malaysia is very stable at about 27 degrees Celsius, with somewhere recording cooler or warmer temperatures. These temperatures can feel much warmer due to the high percentage of humidity. Because of the tropical climate, Malaysia’s flora and fauna are fantastic, but it also comes with a high chance of falling rain, the tropical kind where it pours hard. So be sure to bring a rain jacket and a bag to cover valuables if it starts to rain unexpectedly.

Language 

Most of the Malaysians do speak English. When you visit Kuala Lumpur, you find almost everybody speaks English, making it very easy for you to travel to the country. Signs, information booths, ticket machines, food menus are almost always available in English. Leaving you with no second guess whether you have ordered the right food or purchased a ticket to the right place.

What to wear

Travel tips to Kuala Lumpur will eneble you what to wear. Kuala Lumpur not only packed with breathtaking scenery. But it also has plenty of cultural and religious places to visit. Nevertheless, don’t forget that they often have a strict dress code for these religious and cultural sites. Depending on your religion, you’ll be asked to cover your knees and shoulders. Take off your shoes before you enter. As a woman, cover your hair with a scarf. So be sure to pack a few casual clothes with you and dress appropriately for the occasion.

Wifi 

You can easily find Wifi available in hostels, hotels, guesthouses, markets, cafes, shopping malls and airports. So, you can talk with all your friends and family and post your beautiful pictures to Instagram throughout your stay there.

Related Questions

1. What is the best time to visit Kuala Lumpur?

Generally, the atmosphere at Kuala Lumpur is quite hot, and at any time of the year, one must always be prepared for rains. The best time to visit Kuala Lumpur is therefore from May to July or from December to February.

2. How many days in Kuala Lumpur is enough?

You’ll need to stay 2 or 3 days in Kuala Lumpur. You can visit twin towers, KL tower, China town, little India, central market, botanical garden and bird park in a day.

3. How safe is Kuala Lumpur?

Kuala Lumpur is a very friendly area and a pleasant traveler location. While there are few and far between petty theft and scams. So, keeping yourself, your money and your belongings safe during your travel is vital.

4. What is Malaysia famous for?

Malaysia is one of the most popular coastal tourism countries in the world. Langkawi, Kedah is the family’s most famous escape on the nature island. Malaysia is one of the best food heavens in the world, including India, China, Indonesia, and Thailand, while Malaysia is the mix of all.

5. Are there any clothing tips for a Malaysia trip?

 Malaysia is a tropical place. So, there are a few things you need to keep in mind when packing your clothes. You make sure you pack more comfortable summer outfits that are made of cotton.

Things To Know Before Going To Malaysia