15 October, 2009

Deepavali Nal Vaazhtukal


This coming weekend, the Indian community in Malaysia all over the country will be celebrating the sacred holiday of Hari Deepavali, the ancient Festival of Lights symbolising the victory of good over evil.

As Malaysians continue to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Deepavali is a golden opportunity for ties between ethnic groups to be strengthened in true 1Malaysia spirit.  As is customary, members of the Indian community will be graciously welcoming their fellow Malaysians to open houses, permitting all to interact with one another and enjoy Indian delicacies such as jalebi and murukku in mutual respect, harmony and unity.  On Saturday, I will be attending such an open house, to be held at the Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur.  It is an event I am very much looking forward to, after receiving warm receptions from Malaysian Indians this year.

In this same breath, I thought about the walkabout in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, where I fondly recall chatting with traders over a refreshing glass of Teh O Ais Limau.   More recently, I was honoured to receive an invitation to the Hindu temple of Batu Caves.  There, I observed Malaysians of all cultural backgrounds taking part in the inaugural 1Malaysia Batu Caves Carnival and I hope to see many more celebrations of our diverse communities.

However and wherever you choose to celebrate this colourful festival, may Deepavali light up your weekend.  Selamat Hari Deepavali and Deepavali Nal Vaazhtukal!