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Hari Raya Puasa


This is the most significant celebration for the Muslims. It’s a festival celebrated by the Muslims which signifies the end of the fasting season of Ramadan for a month. The celebration is determined by sighting of the new moon. Muslims starts the day by performing Hari Raya Puasa prayers in the mosques followed by visits to the graves of the departed. Open house or invitation for relatives and friends to come to their house is practiced. Plenty of traditional Malay delicacies are served during this festive season.


Ketupat: One of the main delicacies served on this day. It’s served with peanut sauce.

waqifmosquedaytime.jpg The mosque: Muslim’s prayer place.


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Chinese New Year


The Lion Dance

Chinese New Year is celebrated by the Chinese. It is ushered in with the lighting of fire crackers at midnight on the eve of the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Family members from far come back for the gathering. A reunion dinner for the family is held on the eve of the New Year. There are lion dances too. Red paper showing Chinese characters of prosperity and wealth are pasted either in front or inside the house. Ang-Pow or red packet containing money is given out to children and is usually given by married couples. Open houses are practiced during this day. The New Year last for fifteen days and the last day is called Cap Goh Mei.

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The Ang Pow

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Deepavali is celebrated by the Hindu’s all over the Malaysia. It’s known as the Festival of Lights. The celebration symbolizes the victory of Lord Krishna over the demon king Narakasura. It marks the return of Rama after 14 years of exile. In the morning of Deepavali, the Hindu’s bathe in hot oil, put on new clothes and do their prayers. The houses are lighted with little lamps made from clay pots filled with coconut oil and wicks. This is believed to invite Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth who will not enter an unlit house. After going to the temple, we usually have lunch or dinner with family and friends. Visiting during Deepavali is a norm among the Malaysians and is something everyone looks forward too.

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The picture on the left is a hand made design with colored rice. Usually drawn in front of the house during Deepavali. The second picture is the lamp which is used to lit around the house.

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