Malaysia's most popular festivities

Malaysia is one of the most ethnically, religiously and culturally diverse countries in the world. All this diversity means a huge array of festivals, many of them colourful spectacles, every year. What follows is a description of the main festivals during 2013.

Thaipusam (January 27)

For sheer spectacle, nothing matches the festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the victory of the Hindu deity Lord Murugan over a powerful demon. The largest and most spectacular celebrations outside Indi, take place in and around Kuala Lumpur - the highlight of which is a procession to the Hindu temple complex at Batu Caves. Many of the devotees are either giving thanks for a past or future favour, or doing penance, for a misdeed.

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