Ultimate Chinese New Year Guide To Kuala Lumpur In Malaysia 2024

Celebrate Lunar New Year With The Kids

Guide To Chinese New Year In Malaysia

It’s time to prepare for a year of abundance by brushing up on all the etiquette and lore surrounding it from the places to go to, things to eat and clothes to wear. Overwhelmed already? Don’t worry, we’ve hunted, shopped, researched and trawled KL to bring you a special Little Steps Guide to Chinese New Year. We’ve also put together a handy guide to help kids understand what CNY is all about – check it out here.

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  • Temples To Visit During CNY In Malaysia


    Things To Do Over Chinese New Year With Kids In Malaysia 2024

    There are two main temples worth a visit during Chinese New Year. The first is Thean Hou Temple situated on Lorong Bellamy on top of Robson Heights. Every year the beautiful temple is decked out in literally thousands of red lanterns and visitors can enjoy free performances such as lion dance, cultural festivals and religious ceremonies. Another temple to visit is Chan See Shu Yuen Temple which is one of the largest and oldest surviving Buddhist temples in Malaysia. Built in the late 1890s you’ll find this former Chinese clan house at the southern end of Jalan Petaling. Kuan Ti Temple in Chinatown is also worth a visit during CNY. The temple is also home to replicas of Guan Di’s weapons, including a famous copper sword (guan dao) and spear (guan jie) which Taoist devotees believe that that they will be blessed if they touch or lift the former, which is not as easy as it sounds because it weighs an imposing 59kg.


    Thean Hou Temple, 65, Persiaran Endah, Taman Persiaran Desa, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2274 7088, Facebook

    Chan See Shu Yuen Temple, 172, Jalan Petaling, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2078 1461

    Kuan Ti Temple, 168, Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3-2072 6669

  • Fireworks During CNY In Malaysia


    Things To Do Over Chinese New Year With Kids In Malaysia 2024

    If your kids are light sleepers, be warned that CNY will be filled with fireworks displays and children throwing and setting off firecrackers! If you live in a condo you’ll be able to see displays practically every night. In case you're thinking of purchasing some, do take note that firecrackers and fireworks are actually illegal in Malaysia, although that has not stopped sellers from supplying them in the market. However, with the pandemic in place, there may not be as many firework displays to look out for this year.

  • Cheongsam In Malaysia


    Things To Do Over Chinese New Year With Kids In Malaysia 2024

    Traditionally, Chinese families will shop for new outfits for the whole family to welcome the New Year and symbolize a new beginning. If you really want to get into the spirit of Chinese New Year, best grab yourself and your kids, a traditional Chinese outfit which is a Cheongsam for the girls and Changshan for the boys. Most kindergartens and pre-schools will hold a Chinese New Year event where your children might be required to wear traditional dress. Plus there will no doubt also be a whole host of other CNY events you’ll be able to attend. You will literally see these cute traditional garbs everywhere around town at the moment and there’s something for everyone from little tiny babies right up to adults. We’ve shopped until we’ve dropped to bring you the best places to get yourself decked out in some CNY threads.

  • Lion Dance In Malaysia


    Things To Do Over Chinese New Year With Kids In Malaysia 2024

    One of the things most synonymous with CNY is the loud, colorful and mesmerizing lion and dragon dance, which signifies good luck and a fresh start. When it comes to the dances they normally depict actions such as sleeping, waking up, scratching, stretching, playing, eating, jumping and resting. Chinese drums and cymbals set the rhythm to the moves for the performers to follow. The dancing lions summon good fortune and drive away bad luck. There will be plenty of opportunities to see traditional lion dances, as well as other CNY performances such as cultural dances, traditional instruments, and more all across the Klang Valley. Check out the Little Steps Guide to Lion Dances and Cultural Performances across the city for more details on where and when to see them.

    NB: While most kids will be fascinated by the lion dances, be warned that they are very loud performances and this can frighten toddlers a little bit!

  • Ang Pow Tradition In Malaysia


    Things To Do Over Chinese New Year With Kids In Malaysia 2024

    Ang Pows are small red envelopes containing money, which are given out during CNY as gifts. Usually married adults give the packets to young children as a sign of continued prosperity. Tradition has it that the amount in ang pow should consist of even numbers — odd numbers denote loneliness. While RM1.10 was the norm in the past (10 sen to even things out), nowadays, ang pow of between RM5 and RM10 is more common. There are several do's and don'ts when it comes to ang pow. Make sure you’ve read our Little Steps Ang Pow Guide so you aren’t caught out during the CNY holiday.

  • Mandarin Oranges In Malaysia


    Things To Do Over Chinese New Year With Kids In Malaysia 2024

    It is customary to give and receive oranges and tangerines during CNY due to them being symbols of abundant wealth and happiness. Oranges sound like the word ‘gold’ in Cantonese and is thought to promote wealth and prosperity, while tangerines symbolize good tidings and luck because the word tangerine soundslike ‘good luck’ in Chinese. Visitors are expected to give oranges or tangerines to their hosts during CNY. Both are readily available in all supermarkets including Ben's, Village Grocer, Cold Storage and Jasons at BSC. If you prefer to deliver it to your house, you can consider shopping at HQ Premium Fruits or Summer Pots.

  • Flowers And Plants For CNY In Malaysia


    Things To Do Over Chinese New Year With Kids In Malaysia 2024

    Just like at Christmas, CNY is a time for choosing a tree, putting it up inside, or at the entrance to, your house. Different trees have different meanings so it’s up to you which one you decide to go for. Lucky bamboo and mandarin oranges symbolize luck and prosperity, cherry blossom means a fresh start for the beginning of the year and water lilies represent new growth. Check out our top places to find CNY Flowers and Trees here and take the kids along to shop to find the perfect floral decorations for your family.

  • Lanterns and Decors For CNY In Malaysia


    Things To Do Over Chinese New Year With Kids In Malaysia 2024

    You’ll see lanterns all over KL in the run up to and during CNY, in fact they are the most prominent symbols of this festival. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. You can buy in bulk to decorate your home from places like Nan ThongMR.DIY, FNC and Spotlight.

  • CNY Food In Malaysia


    Things To Do Over Chinese New Year With Kids In Malaysia 2024

    As always in Malaysia, food plays an important part in the CNY festivities. The most important meal would be the CNY reunion dinner held on the eve of Chinese New Year. This is where family members return to their family or ancestral home to have a big feast with loved ones. During CNY itself, a lot of restaurants in KL will be closed so it’s worth heading out to some of the surrounding cities such as Penang, Ipoh or Melaka. For a full rundown of what to eat and where - check out our Little Steps CNY food Guide here. Also, check out our guide to Top Places for Reunion Dinner here.


    Things To Do Over Chinese New Year With Kids In Malaysia 2024
    • Clean your house from top to bottom. Clearing out the old makes way for the new and your home needs to look spick and span before all your visitors descend this CNY! Remember to keep those brooms away as no sweeping is allowed during CNY.
    • Get haircuts for the kid before CNY. The Chinese believe that getting a hair cut in the first month of the Lunar New Year cuts away your luck, but it’s important to be neat and clean for CNY celebrations. So book the kids in well in advance. Try A Cut Above in BSC where the kids can sit on colorful animals and watch Disney cartoons.
    • Stick to red if you're not quite sure what colors to opt for when shopping for your new outfits as red denotes luck and prosperity. Where possible, avoid black or white which are typically colors of mourning.
    • Be sure to settle all your debts before CNY so as to avoid carrying forward any financial burden into the new year.
    • Most Chinese are superstitious, more so during CNY. Avoid speaking of any negative topics such as death, failure, mishaps and swear words, and hold your tongue if you find yourself drawn into an argument.

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