Things To Do: Embrace The Luminous Charm of the Festival Of Lights

May your day shine brighter than ever.
By: Iffah Salleh
November 8, 2023

This Sunday, let’s embrace the luminous charm of Deepavali, the Festival of Lights. 

The term ‘Deepavali’ is derived from the Sanskrit words ‘Deepa’ (light) and ‘Avali’ (a row), symbolising the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. Join us as we navigate this heartwarming celebration in Malaysia.

Exploring Deepavali’s Essence

Deepavali, cherished by our Indian community, invites you to experience the warmth and unity defining this multicultural haven. Amidst the vibrant streets adorned with colourful rangoli, and embrace the charm of the festival of lights!

Manners in Deepavali Celebrations

As you join the celebrations, remember to greet one another with heartfelt wishes. It’s customary to exchange sweets and gifts, fostering a sense of joy and community. Respect the traditions, and if you’re unfamiliar, don’t hesitate to ask questions — our community embraces the spirit of sharing during this festive season.

Dressing in Traditional Attire

Venture into the celebrations by dressing up in stylish traditional attire. Embrace the rich fabrics and vibrant colours of Indian clothing, adding a touch of elegance to the festivities. 

Whether it’s a saree, kurta, or sherwani, wearing traditional attire not only pays homage to the cultural significance of Deepavali but also adds to the overall joyous atmosphere.

Navigating Deepavali Delights

Wander through vibrant streets, guided by our curated tour. Discover the best spots for dazzling light displays, savour the aromatic delights of Indian cuisine, and immerse yourself in joyous festivities. 

This guide, your companion in discovering the heart of Deepavali celebrations in Malaysia, offers attire recommendations and a curated list of events.

Let’s light the way!

1. 21st Deepavali Carnival 2023, Bukit Jalil

Gear up for the grandeur of the Malaysia Book of Records’ Largest Deepavali Carnival, 21st Deepavali Carnival 2023, and Consumer Fair 2023, hosted by Agenda Suria Communication at Bukit Jalil Stadium. 

From the 3rd to the 11th of November, experience explosive innovation and excitement, making this year’s 21st Deepavali Carnival a historic and joyous occasion. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this world-class event that promises to redefine Deepavali celebrations with unparalleled splendour and community spirit. 

November 3, 2023 to  November 11, 2023
VenueBukit Jalil Stadium, Carpark B, Bukit Jalil, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Time12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

2.  Deepavali Hi-Tea Buffet at M Resort & Hotel

Illuminate your Deepavali celebrations with M Resort & Hotel’s exquisite Festival of Lights Buffet Hi-Tea! Whether surrounded by family or friends, indulge in a culinary journey that blends traditional treasures with contemporary delights, meticulously crafted by culinary experts. Priced at RM165 nett per adult and RM83 nett per child (aged 5 – 11 years old), this special offering is available on 12 November 2023, from 12pm to 4pm. 

To ensure your spot, advance booking is a must — simply call +603 – 7773 7690. Let the feast begin, and may your Deepavali be filled with joy and delectable memories!

Price: RM165 nett per adult, RM83 nett per child (age 5 – 11 years old)

Date12th November 2023
VenueJalan Damansara, Bukit Kiara, 60000, Kuala Lumpur
Time 12:00pm to 4:00pm

3. Weekend Colours of Diwali Lunch Buffet at Hilton KL

Indulge in a delectable Festival of Lights feast at Hilton KL, savouring traditional Northern and Southern Indian favourites in a leisurely two-and-a-half-hour buffet available every Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holiday from 2 to 15 November 2023. 

Priced at RM168 nett per adult and RM98 nett per child (6 to 12 years old), the gastronomic journey unfolds at Vasco’s, lobby level, Hilton Kuala Lumpur, from 12.30pm to 3.00pm. Ensure a seamless experience with an advance booking at least 1 day prior, either online or by calling +603 2264 2264.

Date2nd to 15th November 2023 (Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday)
VenueVascos, lobby level, Hilton Kuala Lumpur, 3, Jalan Stesen Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Time12.30pm to 3.00pm

4. Deen’s (Publika)

Experience the rich and diverse palette of authentic Indian cuisine at Deen’s Publika. With an extensive menu offering over 40 mouth-watering dishes, your taste buds are in for a treat. 

What makes the dining experience even better? A playground right outside the restaurant, perfect for letting your little ones burn off some energy when they get restless. Enjoy the delightful fusion of flavour and family-friendly atmosphere at Deen’s!

AddressLot 4A, Level G3, Publika Shopping Gallery, Solaris Dutamas, No. 1 Jalan Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Operating HoursDaily: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Contact Details+6012 346 1311

5. Saravanaa Bhavan

Discover the international allure of Saravanaa Bhavan, spanning across 28 countries. 

Celebrated for its delightful vegetarian Indian cuisine, this beloved restaurant chain preserves the authenticity of its flavours by sourcing most ingredients directly from India. 

In the heart of Kuala Lumpur, you’ll discover six branches adorned with festive cheer, offering budget-friendly and delightful Indian dishes. For a swift and joyous Indian feast, head to the nearest Saravanaa Bhavan branch — where the festive spirit and the essence of Indian culinary excellence await to elevate your celebrations!

AddressBangsar, Suria KLCC, Lebuh Ampang, Brickfields, Central i-City Mall, Petaling Jaya
Operating Hours8:30am to 10:30pm; 10:00am to 10:00pm,
(Suria KLCC and Central i-City Mall)
Contact Details+603 228 71228 (Bangsar)

6. Festive DIY Fun: Deepavali Arts and Crafts

Immerse in the joy of Deepavali with delightful arts and crafts that the whole family can enjoy! Gather the little ones for a creative session of crafting your very own Deepavali decorations to sprinkle festive magic throughout your home. Beyond the laughter and bonding, this activity serves as a fantastic way to introduce your children to the rich culture and traditions surrounding this special season.

Craft Your Kolam

Engage in the symbolic art of Kolam creation, known for its auspicious geometrical patterns that are believed to ward off negativity and welcome the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi. Explore these enjoyable ways to craft your Kolam with the kids at home.

Guide your little artists to trace the black lines of a printed template using white glue, then sprinkle vibrant coloured rice over it. 

All-in-One DIY Kolam Craft Kits

Opt for the ultimate convenience with ready-to-go sand art Kolam packs featuring various enchanting designs. Short on time to print templates or grab last-minute craft kits? No problem! Bust out your playdough kit and watch as your child effortlessly crafts their own mess-free playdough Kolam in no time. Dive into the festive crafting joy without a hitch!

7. Gift Sets for Family and Friends

Spread the spirit of giving this Deepavali with beautifully packaged gift sets, delivered straight to the doorsteps of your cherished family and friends. Discover some of the  delightful options:

  • Kushi Baskete, Barang Barang & Co
    1 x Jar of Golden Spiced Muruku, 1 x Jar of Crunchy Coconut Cookies, 5 x Florentines in a Bright Potlis, 6 x Harney & Sons Tea – Roobois Chai Tea Sachets, 1 x La Maison Du Savon Soap, 1 x Vibrant Diya, 1 x Basket Adorned With Ribbon,1 x Greeting Card

    Price: RM148
    Get your gift sets here.
  • Deepavali 2023: Diwali Dazzle, Bow + Ribbons: RM189
    1x Box of Star Muruku, 1x Jar of Vanilla Chai Cookies, 1x Box of Masala Peanuts in a purple container, 1x Box of Organic Chamomile & Lavender Tea by English Tea Shop [20 Teabags], 1x Lavender Scented Candle, 1x Lavender Gemstone Soap, 2x Floral Decor, 1x Fairy Light, 1x Personalised Deepavali Greeting Card, 1x Reusable Brown Box (size: 20cm x 20cm x 9cm) OR 1x Pinewood Box (size: 25cm x 25cm x 8cm) adorned with faux flowers, tied with ribbons (free logo/name engraving)

    Price: RM189
    Get your gift sets here.
  • Tea Pyramid Gift Box, The Tea Republic
    9 tea blends, including SAPPHIRE GREY black tea, Ceylon Breakfast black tea, Formosa’s Finest oolong tea, Emerald Mint green tea, and Inner Piece tisane.

    Price:  RM65
    Get your gift sets here.

Bring festive joy to your loved ones with these thoughtfully curated gift sets. Order yours today!

Join us on this enchanting voyage through the Festival of Light, where love and laughter echo in every corner of our diverse and delightful country.

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