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    The 272 steps lead to the vast Temple Cave, where numerous shrines to Lord Muruga have been erected A man wearing little more than a serene expression moves slowly past a huge crowd. He is supporting a many-spoked and brightly-coloured Kavadi (burden) in the form of an elaborately decorated semicircular…

    Ornately decorated lion heads with bright wide eyes, bob and weave their way dexterously through the dense crowds at a Chinese New Year’s parade. This is an event that repeats itself at lunar New Year celebrations around the world. The lion symbolises joy and happiness and is used to summon…

    Wesak or Vesak is a word used to name the month of May in a language spoken long ago in India. Wesak Day is a day when Buddhists who comprise a fifth of the world’s population reflect as well as celebrate the birth of the Buddha, his enlightenment and the…

    Otak-Otak - a snack made up of fish meat and spices grilled inside a banana leaf. Coming to Malaysia over the Ramadan period is always a unique experience. Despite being a very forward thinking Southeast Asian country, in many aspects, Malaysia’s religion and its ingrained culture lean towards not forgetting…

    It is time to welcome in 2015 and the Year of the Wood Goat is likely to be influential and fruitful for individuals who wish to discover more about what is in store for them. The 12 Animal Signs for 2015 will help provide a deep insight into every animal…

        Hari Raya Aidilfitri — which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadhan — literally means ‘day of celebration after the fast’ and is one of the most important religious festivals in Malaysia.   In the month leading up to Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Muslims carry out…

    Deepavali, or ‘row of lights’ in Sanskrit, is the biggest and brightest festival for Hindus around the world. Celebrated in November this year, the actual date is based on the lunisolar Hindu calendar and marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. Five days and nights of revelry, traditional food,…

    When one talks about Thaipusam, the legend foremost associated with its origins involves that of the demon Tharakasuran. After angering the saints one too many times, Lord Shiva and Parvati called upon their son Lord Murugan to destroy the demon and with vel in hand – one of the 12…

    Chinese New Year brings families and communities together to welcome the Year of the Monkey. As with any traditional festival, there is plenty to see, do and eat during this period and all across the country, there is a constant feast on show for your senses.   A SEA OF…

    Revel in the harvest celebrations as two events in Eastern Malaysia highlight the diverse culture of life on Borneo. Over the weekend of 29 April to 1 May, two massive celebrations will send shockwaves around the island and draw visitors from all over the world.   Sarawak’s globally-renowned World Harvest Festival…