The festival of lights, Deepavali (Diwali), is without a doubt, the biggest religious celebration for Hindus. Decorative candles, oil lamps, and dazzling lights signify the triumph of light over darkness and victory of good over evil. Deepavali is heralded as the time for prayers, celebration, and gratitude. The festive aura usually sets in much earlier with lots of carnivals, festive bazaars, numerous cultural activities as well as kid-friendly workshops. Here are some top picks in Kuala Lumpur to celebrate Deepavali with your kids and heighten your festive spirits!
Shopping hubs for Indian garments are mostly located in Masjid India, Little India in Brickfields, and Klang. In Masjid India, Haniffa Department Store is an Indian Muslim enclave with affordable sarees, textiles, and bangles are imported from India. Brickfields’ Mangala Theebam and Bollywood Fashion have gorgeous designs, and they give steep discounts. Explore Gayathri Silks and Sri Kumaran’s Silks in Klang which are a series of large stores with everything and anything.
Haniffa Department Store, 6, Jalan Masjid India, City Centre, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2693 8620, Facebook
Mangala Theebam, 245 Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia +603 6257 8228, www.mangalatheebam.com
Bollywood Fashion & Fashion Jewellery, No.250, Jalan Tun Sambathan, Little India, Brickfields, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2260 1080, www.bollywood.my
Gayathiri Silk Sarees Palace, 88-90 Jalan Tengku Kelana, Klang, 41000 Selangor, Malaysia, +603 373 1717, www.gayathiri.com.my
Sri Kumaran’s Silks, 70 & 72, Jln Tengku Kelana 2 & 3, Kawasan 1, 41000 Klang, Malaysia, +603 3373 7072, www.www.kumaransilksonline.com
If you are more comfortable shopping online, Malaysian-based online shopping site Andaaz Fashion (www.andaazfashion.com.my) offers shipping within Malaysia plus reasonable return policies. Also recommended is Indian Colors (www.indiancolors.my), where one can shop for boutique-like collections of Ethnic Indian and Fusion wear for women.
Diwali is never really complete without the pleasure of shopping for new decorative items, kitchenware or prayer items. And because we are living in this beautiful shopping haven, we needn’t look far to find the things we need, sometimes all under one roof called the “Little India”. Whether it is a saree, ornaments, flower garlands, spices or thosai, Little India will not disappoint you.
Located south of Kuala Lumpur city center, Brickfields’ Little India is a stone's throw away from KL Sentral, Malaysia's main transportation hub. Getting here has never been easier and it boasts delightful Indian cuisine. Brickfields is tagged as a "Divine Location" as it houses various religious structures. They do have impressive brassware with reasonably priced options.
Little India, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Fifty minutes on the KTM brings you right to the doorsteps of Little India in Klang which is located along Jalan Tengku Kelana. Similar to the one in Brickfields, you can find traditional clothing, flowers, and pieces of jewelry at a bargain.
Little India, Jalan Tengku Kelana, Kawasan 1, 41000 Klang, Selangor, Malaysia
Families usually visit temples in their respective areas early in the morning to seek blessing. Head to one of Kuala Lumpur's popular temples, Sri Maha Mariamman Temple which is also the oldest Hindu temple in KL located at the edge of Chinatown.
Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
They say once you go spicy, you go crazy! Spice your life by having a grand feast with your family at some of the best Indian restaurants in KL. Annalakshmi, a humble restaurant that serves a variety of vegetarian dishes practices the concept of “eat as you wish, give us as you feel”. For a delicious array of healthy Indian dishes, visit The Ganga Cafe. Popular for its sinful fish curry, KAYRA Authentic Kerala Cuisine is your go-to for some hearty Kerala cuisine.
Annalakshmi, 116, Jalan Berhala, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2274 0799
The Ganga Cafe, 19, Lorong Kurau, Taman Bukit Pantai, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2284 2119
KAYRA Authentic Kerala Cuisine, 46, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 7732 2009, www.kayra.com.my
Khan’s Indian Cuisine, No.8, Level 1, The Sphere No.1, Avenue 1, Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 5033 2121
Saravana Bhavan, 52, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2287 1228
Munch your way through trays of sweet and colorful sweets while shopping for Diwali. Try getting hold of some ‘nei urundai’ (ghee balls), ‘palkova’ (milk-based candies), and ‘laddoos’ (ghee laden sweet balls) at Jai Hind. Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant serves some of the best pistachio-based sweets and there’s also Moghul Mahal where you can find the finest selection of sweets freshly made by pastry chefs from Punjab - think Kulfi and Gulab Jamun!
Jai Hind, 13, Jalan Melayu, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant, Palace Hotel Plaza, 40-46, Jalan Masjid India, City Centre, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2694 4233
Moghul Mahal, 153 Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, www.moghulmahal.com.my
Deepavali is the time when people love preparing sweets and snacks at home and sharing them with their family and friends. Not only that, but they also buy lots of sweets for gifting to their loved ones. You can get special Deepavali sweets such as ladoos and snacks like murukku from Little India and Jalan Masjid India. Most of the Indian restaurants in Kuala Lumpur also serve Deepavali special meals and sweets to celebrate this festive occasion.
WHEN: Throughout the year
Like any other festival in Malaysia, your Hindu friends are likely to host ‘open houses’ so you can have your fill of delicious Indian food, all thanks to their hospitality. Be sure to confirm an RSVP to enjoy!
WHEN: November 4, 2021 from morning till afternoon!
WHERE: Friend's home!
After finishing all the prayers and enjoying delicacies, it's time for more thrilling fun by bursting fireworks. Some of these are done in a big way which can be a spectacular sight in the places where most Indian communities live.
WHEN: November 3 & 4, 2021 at night
WHERE: Places around Brickfields in Kuala Lumpur.
Check out these malls and their uniquely-themed decorations that are ready to welcome you for some Instagram-worthy moments:
The Gardens Mall never disappoints when it comes to the jaw-dropping artwork that will have you marvelling at the many floral designs.
Look closer at the ‘kolam’ at Mid Valley Megamall and you’ll realise that elephants are a major part of the theme of ‘kolam’ decorations this year.
Be spoilt for choice at Suria KLCC with a variety of props adorned with lights, designs and a ‘kolam’.
Bask in the ambience of the Festival of Lights with the 1 Utama’s orange-themed decoration for this year’s festivities.
Called the Oasis of Deepavali, visit Sunway Pyramid for some nature-inspired Deepavali decoration.
Be greeted by the mall’s iconic water fountain at the entrance of Pavilion KL which is surrounded by stunning decorations, a ‘kolam’, and an elephant.
Not 1, not 2, but 6 different platters curated by their Picha Chefs, Nusrat, Zeenat, Sana and Salam this Deepavali!