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A Tropical December in Malaysia

December is usually the favourite month of many, as families begin their school holidays, get ready to go on their year-end vacations, and celebrate the new year and the festivities. The festive mood is definitely “on” in Malaysia and you’ll find lots to do to mark the last month of the year.

For a start, December will see the final part of the 1Malaysia Year End Sale where shopping malls across the country make that last effort to attract shoppers with discounts and bargains galore. Bargain-hunters can flock to the malls and bring home cart-loads of merchandise. Don’t be put-off by the crowded malls – it’s just the last minute Christmas shoppers and overzealous parents getting ready for the new school year (Malaysian schools begin their annual term in January).

Its impressive tenant mix includes Isetan, Parkson Grand and Marks  Spencer. Winner of numerous local and international awards, Pavillion Kuala Lumpur is a favourite among the well-heeled.

If you are heading south with your family, Legoland in Johor has special holiday activities in store. The “Snow” Village is set up to shower “snow” upon visitors for that wintry effect while the one-of-a-kind Christmas market will be selling various festive items not forgetting some unique festive themed Lego products. Special Christmas shows will also be performed as the resort counts down the days towards Christmas and lights up the tallest Christmas tree in Asia made entirely of DUPLO Blocks.

Legoland Malaysia

Meanwhile Resorts World Genting offers endless fun and joy up in the cool mountains of Pahang. Its School Holidays Package features the Monkey King Show: The Golden Hooped Rod that will enthrall audiences with exciting acrobatics, music, dance, magic tricks and amazing 3D effects.

And if you are a cartoon fan, Tour the World with Snoopy will feature everyone’s favourite beagle and the Peanuts gang parading around the hill-top resort in 52 custom-made international costumes of different countries and cultures. These colourful characters complete with Christmas tree floats will meet and greet visitors as they spread festive cheer at SkyAvenue and Genting Grand in their daily street parade.

While here, do pop in to SeniKome Péng Hēng, East Coast Arts Cultural Centre at the adjacent First World Plaza for a bit of a culture buzz. The 15,000 square foot gallery is dedicated to promoting the beauty of East Coast Malaysia’s local craft, fashion, games, food and music. Besides viewing the authentic artefacts and paintings, visitors can also watch performances such as the wayang kulit, and try their hand at folk games such as congkak, batu seremban and traditional hopscotch.

The multicultural Malaysia ensures that all races are equal and free to practise their traditions and rituals. The differences in language, culture, history and traditions, and the peaceful harmony among all races are, in fact, the very attractions that appeal to visitors and tourists from other countries. Certainly, December is the month to talk about how truly Asia Malaysia is.

Evidently, pre-Christmas countdown starts in shopping malls as early as in November. Nationwide, and especially in Kuala Lumpur, the spirit of Yuletide is in the air as hotels and shopping malls get decked out in reds and greens, Christmas trees, “snow,” and colourful baubles, and Santas, Santarinas and their elves make an appearance. While Christmas songs get extra airplay at this time of year, the carollers, too, warm up their vocal cords for some festive singing. Catch all this at your favourite shopping malls or nearby hotels.

Xmas @ Pavilion Xmas @ Pavilion

For instance, Pavilion mall has gotten into the Christmas holiday spirit with reindeers Dasher, Dancer and Rudolph dashing to its iconic Pavilion Crystal Fountain, making this spot the best place for a festive family photo opportunity. Meanwhile, indoors, shoppers will find Santa making his rounds in hot air balloons, creating a magical and festive atmosphere.

Intermark Mall creatively celebrates this festive season by designing seven of the world’s most iconic landmarks made entirely of Coca-Cola products. Visitors can model themselves in front of Coca-Cola-made structures resembling the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Empire State Building, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Colosseum, Burj Khalifa and the Taj Mahal. Intermark Mall’s anchor tenant, Jaya Grocer, used a total 60,562 Coca-Cola cans and bottles, and took over 60 hours to construct the landmark replicas displayed around the mall. The Malaysia Book of Records was on hand to present the certificate of achievement to Coca-Cola for this incredible feat.

Meanwhile, Quill City Mall has transformed its main atrium into an Andalusia Spanish Village with a courtyard and flower-decorated building facades. The mall décor is inspired by scenes from the Christmas movie Ferdinand which tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. A 3D Ferdinand the bull in a field of sunflowers, along with a 40-foot tall Christmas tree present many photo opportunities for shoppers.

Be sure to visit other major malls in Kuala Lumpur such as Suria KLCC, Mid Valley Megamall, Sogo, Sungei Wang, Sunway Pyramid, Avenue K, The Curve and IKANO, for more awesome Christmas decorations.

For tourists who find themselves in tropical Malaysia during the Christmas festivities and wish to attend mass to mark the special day, there are plenty of churches of various denominations to head to. In the capital city stands the famous Cathedral of St John The Evangelist, with its white-washed walls, twin spires and stained glass windows, a favourite for many tourists, expatriates as well as the regular parishioners. It was erected in 1883 in the heart of Bukit Nanas, and has become one of the national monuments that remains of the British administration of Malaysia.

New Year KLCC - Danny Tan

New Year KLCC – Danny Tan

Xmas KLCC - Joshua Paul

Xmas KLCC – Joshua Paul

And as the final day of the year descends upon us, what better way to greet the new year than with a spectacular fireworks show? Well, in Kuala Lumpur, there are a couple of places that offer “front-row seats” to a great fireworks show. Go early to book a spot on the lawns of Merdeka Square or KLCC Park. Alternatively, take in a nice dinner and late night drinks at the city’s rooftop bars such as Troika Sky Dining and Sky Bar, before the light show starts!

 

Venue:  Various, nationwide

Date:  Whole December

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A TROPICAL DECEMBER IN MALAYSIA

December is usually the favourite month of many, as families begin their school holidays, get ready to go on their year-end vacations, and celebrate the new year and the festivities. The festive mood is definitely “on” in Malaysia and you’ll find lots to do to mark the last month of the year.

For a start, December will see the final part of the 1Malaysia Year End Sale where shopping malls across the country make that last effort to attract shoppers with discounts and bargains galore. Bargain-hunters can flock to the malls and bring home cart-loads of merchandise. Don’t be put-off by the crowded malls – it’s just the last minute Christmas shoppers and overzealous parents getting ready for the new school year (Malaysian schools begin their annual term in January).

If you are heading south with your family, Legoland in Johor has special holiday activities in store. The “Snow” Village is set up to shower “snow” upon visitors for that wintry effect while the one-of-a-kind Christmas market will be selling various festive items not forgetting some unique festive themed Lego products. Special Christmas shows will also be performed as the resort counts down the days towards Christmas and lights up the tallest Christmas tree in Asia made entirely of DUPLO Blocks.

 

Meanwhile Resorts World Genting offers endless fun and joy up in the cool mountains of Pahang. Its School Holidays Package features the Monkey King Show: The Golden Hooped Rod that will enthrall audiences with exciting acrobatics, music, dance, magic tricks and amazing 3D effects.

And if you are a cartoon fan, Tour the World with Snoopy will feature everyone’s favourite beagle and the Peanuts gang parading around the hill-top resort in 52 custom-made international costumes of different countries and cultures. These colourful characters complete with Christmas tree floats will meet and greet visitors as they spread festive cheer at SkyAvenue and Genting Grand in their daily street parade.

While here, do pop in to SeniKome Péng Hēng, East Coast Arts Cultural Centre at the adjacent First World Plaza for a bit of a culture buzz. The 15,000 square foot gallery is dedicated to promoting the beauty of East Coast Malaysia’s local craft, fashion, games, food and music. Besides viewing the authentic artefacts and paintings, visitors can also watch performances such as the wayang kulit, and try their hand at folk games such as congkak, batu seremban and traditional hopscotch.

The multicultural Malaysia ensures that all races are equal and free to practise their traditions and rituals. The differences in language, culture, history and traditions, and the peaceful harmony among all races are, in fact, the very attractions that appeal to visitors and tourists from other countries. Certainly, December is the month to talk about how truly Asia Malaysia is.

Evidently, pre-Christmas countdown starts in shopping malls as early as in November. Nationwide, and especially in Kuala Lumpur, the spirit of Yuletide is in the air as hotels and shopping malls get decked out in reds and greens, Christmas trees, “snow,” and colourful baubles, and Santas, Santarinas and their elves make an appearance. While Christmas songs get extra airplay at this time of year, the carollers, too, warm up their vocal cords for some festive singing. Catch all this at your favourite shopping malls (highly recommended are Pavilion KL, Suria KLCC, Intermark Mall and Mid Valley Megamall) or nearby hotels.

 

For tourists who find themselves in tropical Malaysia during the Christmas festivities and wish to attend mass to mark the special day, there are plenty of churches of various denominations to head to. In the capital city stands the famous Cathedral of St John The Evangelist, with its white-washed walls, twin spires and stained glass windows, a favourite for many tourists, expatriates as well as the regular parishioners. It was erected in 1883 in the heart of Bukit Nanas, and has become one of the national monuments that remains of the British administration of Malaysia.

And as the final day of the year descends upon us, what better way to greet the new year than with a spectacular fireworks show? Well, in Kuala Lumpur, there are a couple of places that offer “front-row seats” to a great fireworks show. Go early to book a spot on the lawns of Merdeka Square or KLCC Park. Alternatively, take in a nice dinner and late night drinks at the city’s rooftop bars such as Troika Sky Dining and Sky Bar, before the light show starts!

 

Venue:  Various, nationwide

Date:  Whole December

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13 Things You May Or May Not Know About Malaysia’s Independence

Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman in 1957

August 31 is Hari Merdeka or Malaysia’s Independence Day. Here’s a brief look at Merdeka Day celebrations over the last 59 years and other events that have shaped the nation.

1. Malaysia gained her independence from Great Britain in 1957. Over 20,000 people gathered in Merdeka Square to mark the occasion, including the Duke of Gloucester, the King and Queen of Thailand and the Prime Minister of India. The first prime minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, chanted some of the most iconic words in Malaysian history, “Merdeka, Merdeka, Merdeka”.

2. From 1957 onwards, Merdeka celebrations have been held every year in all its grandeur. Dignitaries wear traditional uniforms and costumes, fighter jets fly overhead in a blaze of smoke and military personnel and Kadazan tribal people march through the streets.

3. Inaugural celebrations featured dancing formations that depicted the emblem of the ruling party, Barisan Nasional — or the National Front Coalition Party. Barisan Nasional has ruled Malaysia since 1957, making it one of the longest ruling, democratically installed governments in the world.

4. Up until September 16, 1963, Malaysia was still known as the Federation of Malaya. Two years after Singapore left the federation in 1961, the Bornean states of Sabah and Sarawak merged with Peninsula Malaya to form the new Malaysia.

5. Merdeka Day celebrations in 1963 were nothing short of extravagant with traditional dancers from East Malaysia appearing for the first time in full ceremonial regalia, armed with spears and other tribal items.

6. Malaysia Day, not to be confused with Merdeka Day, is held every September 16 to mark the formation of Malaysia.

7. In 1967, Merdeka celebrations saw perhaps the biggest crowd in Malaysian history. An estimated 50,000 people attended the ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of Malaysia’s independence. Thousands of law enforcement and military personnel marched through Merdeka Square.

Merdeka 3Military procession passes dignitaries at inaugural Merdeka celebration in 1957

8. Merdeka Football Festival has run concurrently with Merdeka celebrations from 1957. The festival is the oldest football event in Asia and has seen teams from all over the world compete for the prestigious trophy. Hong Kong were the inaugural winners in 1957.

9. Malacca City hosted the first Merdeka celebration outside of Stadium Merdeka and Dataran Merdeka in 1985. The decision was the brainchild of Malaysia’s “Father of Development” Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad. The Malacca Club was turned into a Merdeka memorial called the Merdeka Declaration Memorial to archive all past and future Merdeka celebrations.

10. In the same year, one of Malaysia’s most iconic acts, the Alleycats, released their chart-topping album Suara Kekasih. Founded in 1978, the Alleycats went on to have a profound impact on Malaysian people and the Malaysian music industry.

AlleycatsMusic icons the Alleycats

11. Following 1963, there was a push for Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines to form a confederation called Maphilindo. However, there were too many controversies and disputes over territory with then Indonesian president Sukarno putting an end to discussions.

12. Shortly after, Indonesia provided Malaysia with the greatest threat to her independence. They declared war on the Kalimantan-East Malaysia border, laying claims to territories north of Kalimantan. Indonesia only came to officially acknowledge the formation of Malaysia three years later in 1966.

13. Malaysia and her states have been ruled by many invaders over the years from Srivijayan Buddhists and Majapahit Hindus to Portuguese, Dutch and British settlers as well as the Japanese in World War II. Many of these cultures are still present in current day Merdeka celebrations.

 

Merdeka 150th anniversary Merdeka celebrations in 2007

So, if you are keen to observe a bit of Malaysian history, be sure to join in the fun this August 31. There will be festivities across the nation with performances, parades and fireworks in most cities. Head to Tourism Malaysia Official Site for more information.

 

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Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Just like London’s four-faced time tower, Malaysia has a possess time building to exaggerate of though with a time on usually one side, of course. Nevertheless, that doesn’t make a time building any unsound though instead, a time building substantially has some-more stress to scream about as it is situated beside a pleasing and chronological Sultan Abdul Samad Building. The building is named after a afterwards Sultan of Selangor when a building was constructed.

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The building is one of Kuala Lumpur’s famous landmarks found. Situated during a core of Jalan Raja, a Sultan Abdul Samad Building binds a singular pattern mooted by A.C. Norman. The building bears Moorish influences with a mix of internal enlightenment and British styles. To paint a temperament of a Malaysian people, a designer combined an Islamic hold before finally completing a building in 1897.

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Back then, a Sultan Abdul Samad Building served as an critical structure for a English. It was, and still is, beautiful, iconic and was substantially a many photographed building during a time. The English once used a buildings as a administration bureau for a government. Now, a building houses a autarchic and high courts.

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The building isn’t a usually captivate for usually tighten by stands a 40m time building dubbed a ‘Big Ben’ of Malaysia, surfaced with a golden design and flanked on both sides by dual domed towers. In a eye of visitors, a chimes of a time indicate.. well, a time. But to a locals who have stood by a nation via a year battling unfamiliar inhabitation, a clock’s carillon is adequate to move behind memories and send a tingly feeling down your body. For this really time has noted autonomy during a struck of midnight on 31st Aug 1957. Since then, each year on a country’s anniversary of independence, a chimes paint a nation’s wish that leisure and assent will continue in a future.

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On a nights of critical occasions such as Independence Day, a building will wink a approach to your eyes with a beautifully-colored lights. On a building that boasts such extraordinary design and designs, some have attested that a steer looks a lot like a stage of an Arabian night.

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The executive legislature knows how pleasing a building is and how most people would adore admiring it, so Jalan Raja is sealed during nights of special celebrations to concede a open a palliate of removing closer to a structure. There aren’t many of such buildings like this in Malaysia, one that shows a abounding past that Malaysia and a English once shared. So do dump by a Sultan Abdul Samad Building for a sip of story and a provide for a eyes.

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Nearby attractions

Popular attractions within walking stretch of a Sultan Abdul Samad Building are Merdeka Square, Chinatown (with a famous traveller marketplace and countless temples) and a pleasing Central Market.

Address Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Jalan Raja
Merdeka Square
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

How to get to a Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Getting to Sultan Abdul Samad Building is easy as it is located right in a core of Kuala Lumpur. If we are staying in Chinatown we can usually travel to a building. You can also follow signposts indicating to Merdeka Square (Independance Square) that is located directly conflicting a building. Every cab motorist knows a approach to this iconic place in KL. You can also take a LRT to Pasar Seni hire or Masjid Jamek station. In both cases it is a 5/10 notation travel to a Sultan Abdul Samad Building.

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Festivals and celebrations in Malaysia

Malaysia has a series of festivals and celebrations,  many of that are possibly eremite or informative in origin, and are swathed in traditions and rituals.

Malaysia. A nation where one can knowledge a crowd of informative celebrations and festivals, as good as, and many importantly, good food(!) all year round.

Almost each month of a year, tourists and locals comparison douse themselves in one jubilee or another, interjection to a different informative practices we have.

To assistance a unfamiliar friends have a improved overview of a festivities to demeanour brazen to when visiting Malaysia, and also for a advantage of locals, here is a list of a monthly informative celebrations and festivities Malaysia has to offer.

(Note: Some celebrations might change from year to year as they are formed on lunar calendars.)

Thousands group to Batu Caves to attend in a Thaipusam Festival.

January

Thaipusam
Celebrated by a Tamil community, a phenomenon of Thaipusam is best witnessed during Batu Caves in Selangor, or in Penang. The jaw-dropping steer of devotees carrying ornately flashy frames, improved famous as kavadis, would stay with we prolonged after you’ve gifted it; this singular festival is a steer to behold.

February

Chinese New Year
Celebrated worldwide by a Chinese to symbol a initial day of a New Year in a Chinese lunar calendar, a celebrations final for 15 days. Expect fireworks, lion dances, a inflection of a colour red, and open houses with delicious Chinese meals!

Chap Goh Mei, or a 15th night of Chinese New Year, symbolises a finish of a festival. To applaud a Chinese chronicle of Valentine’s Day, immature women print messages or well-wishes on oranges and chuck them into lakes or ponds.

April

Good Friday
Held in churches to symbol a “saddest day” in a Christian calendar, it is distinguished in observance of Christs’ Passion, crucifixation and death. On a Sunday that follows Good Friday, Easter Sunday is distinguished to commemorate a rebirth of Christ.

Malaysia Water Festival
A nation with healthy settings of lakes, beaches, seas, Malaysia hosts this eventuality annually with a accumulation of water-based sports. Activities such as kayaking, fishing, and cross-channel swimming promises a whole bucket of adrenaline-pumping time!

May

Wesak Day
Celebrated by Buddhists to compensate loyalty to Buddha and to symbol a 3 poignant events in Buddha’s life (his birthday, enlightenment, and feat of Nirvana) a festival starts with imagining and prayers. Donations are done to a bad and needy.

Harvest Festival
Known to Sabahans as Pesta Ka’amatan, it is a invocation festival to applaud a rice harvest. The festivities embody normal sports such as a buffalo race, a best tapai (rice wine) competition, and a “Unduk Ngadau” or Ka’amatan Queen Competition.

June

Hari Gawai
The Gawai Dayak is distinguished in Sarawak to symbol a finish of a paddy harvesting season. It also outlines a commencement of a new planting season, and activities such as dancing, singing, and a substantial volume of jubilee tuak (rice wine) take place in a longhouses.

Dragon Boat Festival
Known also as a Chang Festival or Duanwu Festival, it commemorates a loyalist and producer in China named Qu Yuan. The best place to declare a celebrations is in Penang, where a annual Penang International Dragon Boat Festival takes place on a grand scale.

Rowers going all out during a annual dragon vessel foe in Penang.

July

Rainforest World Music Festival
Held in a drift of a Sarawak Cultural Village, a annual three-day song festival is quick apropos a largest low-pitched eventuality in Malaysia. It celebrates a farrago of universe music, while during a same time highlighting a use of normal acoustic universe instruments.

August

Independence Day
Commemorating a autonomy of a Federation of Malaya from a British in 1957, Aug 31 binds a special place in a hearts of all Malaysians. The biggest jubilee of a eventuality takes place annually during Merdeka Square, or some-more ordinarily famous as Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur.

Hari Raya Aidilfitri
Also famous as Hari Raya Puasa, it outlines a perfection of Ramadhan, during that Muslims a universe over quick for a whole month. Traditional Malay food such as rendang, ketupat, and lemang is served. This is also a time to pardon and forget past quarrels, where family members ask for redemption from friends and family members.

Hungry Ghost Festival
Observed among a Chinese, a festival commemorates a opening of hell’s gates for a spirits from a reduce area to ramble openly for a month. Things to note during a festival are a incomparable than life papier-mache total and performances of Chinese show and Ko-Tai (energetic singing and dancing with performers in festive costumes).

September

Malaysia Day
Sep 16 commemorates a investiture of a Malaysian association in 1963, with a fasten of Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Singapore to form Malaysia.

Mid-Autumn Festival
Fondly famous as a Tanglung (Lantern) Festival or a Mooncake Festival, it is distinguished by a Chinese to symbol a finish of a harvesting season. Mooncakes are a contingency as it also commemorates Chang Er, a moon goddess.

Father and daughter inspecting a unresolved Tanglungs (Lanterns).

October

Hari Raya Haji
To commemorate a Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha, a arise is noted many significantly by a end of a annual Haj (pilgrimage to a holy city of Mecca). Sacrificial-slaughtering, or korban, takes place in mosques, and a beef is distributed to a bad and needy.

November

Deepavali
Also ordinarily referred to as Diwali or Festival of Lights, a festival is poignant to all Hindus as it symbolises a delight of good over evil. Oil lamps are illuminated to sentinel off dark and evil, and like each other vital informative festivals in Malaysia, open houses are held.

December

Christmas
A eremite festival to symbol a birth of Jesus Christ for Christians, Christmas in Malaysia is distinguished like everywhere else in a world. However, Christmas is also noticed as a concept jubilee by many, one that that carries a physical rather than eremite meaning. Even but a normal “white Christmas”, a celebrations lift on with a kaleidoscope of lights, unconstrained Christmas displays, and crazy selling deals for all!

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Pesta Kaamatan

Oil Lamp or Vilakku

Deepavali – The Festival of Lights

Miss World Malaysia 2009 Thanuja Ananthan

Colours of Deepavali [PIC]

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