Religions in Malaysia : on the footsteps of Bouddhists, Hindous…
The main religion of Malaysians is Islam. It is considered as the official religion and covers 61.3 percent of the total population.
However, Malaysia has a large variety of other religions that are practiced throughout the country. These include Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianism, Taoism and some other Chinese traditional religions. Here are some of the most popular and most practiced religions in Malaysia.
Buddhism in Malaysia
Buddhism is the second most practiced religion in Malaysia with 19.2 percent of Malaysian's population. This means that there are about 5.5 million Buddhists in Malaysia.
The religion was introduced in Malaysia by Indian traders and priests and spread throughout the country. It is practiced in many languages such as English, Malaysia, Indian, Mandarin Chinese and Thai. Vesak day is the most important Buddhist's festival which is yearly celebrated in each Buddhist temple, especially in Kuala Lumpur.
Here are some of the most popular temples of Buddhist in Malaysia:
- Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple, Sentul, Kuala Lumpur
- Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
- Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur
- Wan Fo Tien Buddhist Temple, Kuantan, Pahang
- Butterworth Buddhist Association, Butterworth, Penang
Hinduism in Malaysia
Hinduism, considered as the oldest religion in the world, is one of the most popular religions in Malaysia. This is a minor religion which covers 6.3 percent of the population.
Hinduism is widely practiced in Indian subcontinent as a way of living but it influenced Malaysian people thanks to the growth of India trades and many Indian migrants for many reasons.
Deepavali is the main festival that Hindu celebrate every year. This is a very special event that takes a very important place in the Hindu belief. Hindu people clean the total area of their residence before the festival happens.
They decorate their entrance with "kolam" and leave it open to share the celebration with other people of different religions. And they share traditional cakes and sweets with neighbors and friends during the celebration.
Here are among the most famous Hindu's temples in Malaysia:
- Batu Caves Temple, Kuala Lumpur
- Tebrau Glass Temple, Johor Bahru
- Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur
- Klang Perumal Temple in Selangor
- Sri Shakti Dhevasthanam in Bukit Rotan
- Waterfall Temple, Penang
Islamism in Malaysia
Most of Malaysians practice Islam as religion. It covers about 19.5 million adherents which equals 61.3 percent of the total Malaysian population. The religion was first practiced in the seventh century by individual Arab traders that preached in Malay Archipelago and in some part of China.
Muslims especially women look different from others thanks to their unique clothing style. They often wear clothes that totally cover their whole bodies. Ramadan is the best known Islam period and it is well respected in Malaysia.
Most of Malaysians focus on praying, fasting and giving to charity during this period. However, this does not mean that traveling in Malaysia during the Ramadan is impossible. Tourist sites, shops and many restaurants stay open in most Malaysian cities during the Ramadan.
Here are some of the most beautiful mosques in Malaysia:
- Putra mosque, Putrajaya
- Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque, Putrajaya
- Sultan Salahuddin mosque, Shah Alam
- Federal Territory Mosque, Kuala Lumpur
- Al Hussain Mosque, Perlis
- Al-Bukhary Mosque, Kedah
- Ubudiah Royal Mosque, Perak
- Crystal mosque, Terengganu
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