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January 28, 2019
Chinese New Year in Malaysia
 
Chinese New Year in Kuala Lumpur
                   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Image: Chinese New Year in Kuala Lumpur


We find traveling around Malaysia during Chinese New Year is very rewarding. From KL, Cameron Highlands, Penang, Kuching and Malacca. The atmosphere is very pleasant during these days. The fireworks and the amazing vibe at all the temples, people celebrating with cheerful faces all around even with mixed ethnicity.

   
Image :  Lion dance

Tourists that visit Malaysia during Chinese New Year should not pass up a chance to experience it up and close. Penang was by far the best place to be, especially the Chulia Street area was very nice.
   
Image: Chulia Street, Penang

It is especially nice if you get invited to have dinner at a local Chinese Malaysian family. Families usually invite friends (or even strangers) over for dinner on the 2nd or 3rd day of Chinese New Year as the first day is always reserved for close family.
 
      
Image: Chinese New Year events

Extremely fun to witness and eat is Yee Sang; a special dish that is only served during Chinese New Year. Yee Sang contains many different vegetables together with other ingredients. Once ready people will toss the shredded bits into the air by only using their chop sticks. It is very important that it is all tossed really high into the air as it reflects the amount of good luck, health and prosperity they will receive.
 
Image: Yee Sang Tossing
Traveling during CNY can be quite exhausting, especially in the few days before the actual celebrations. Many people are traveling at the same time, often heading back to their home villages. Some use the public holiday to do some traveling their selves. Busses to Penang, Malacca or Ipoh will be packed, the same goes for flights to Penang. Traffic jams are common the days before CNY, but once it is CNY streets and highways are empty. Shops are closed during these days and people are celebrating at home or visiting temples.
Nevertheless,
Malaysia is a definite one stop celebrating place
to be during Chinese New Year!





 
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