Deepavali (or Diwali in short) is a Hindu festival of lights celebrated across Malaysia and around the world. As a multi-racial country, we Malaysians have the license to join in any celebration, and Deepavali is no stranger to us. Since rotting at home on a bank holiday isn’t the most productive idea for those who run on high gear, we from Sevenpie have gladly put together a few idiot proof, Diwali-friendly places for you to consider. You know, just in case you feel like taking part in the Festival of Lights.
1. Hindu Temples
Sri Kandaswamy Kovil Temple in Brickfields and Sri Mahamariamman Temple in Chinatown are two of popular ones which you can consider stopping by to get a feel of the religious celebration. These two temples are where our Hindus friends conduct their prayers and ceremonial rites during Deepavali. There are also stories behind the breath-taking architecture so read up a little about it to gain a whole new light about the origins. A friendly reminder to dress appropriately and be respectful when you’re around the holy vicinity.
2. Little India
Little India which is situated in Brickfields, is a bustling, vibrant street with pops of color during most days. Just imagine it during a major festival like Diwali. Clad in beautiful Sares, celebrants will take the street freely with their loved ones. Little India is also a fantastic shopping spot to look for beautiful traditional attires, colorful bangles, religious items and fresh spices. Do take note than some vendors might take a day off for a breather they deserve during the festive period, but there are still a number of shops and restaurants operating as usual.
3. Batu Caves
Batu Caves is hands down the most iconic spots to catch feels of Deepavali in Malaysia. Other than Thaipusam, celebrating Deepavali here is just equally (if not the most) amazing experience that you can get, with the large sized, gold plated statue of Lord Murugan who stands tall faithfully, rain or shine, to guard the foot by the cave.
4. Shopping Malls (Big or small alike)
Wahai putera dan puteri lilin, we never forget about thee. The mall is thy shelter in blasting air conditioner! Do expect intricate display of kolam-a mandala pattern made from rice flour or coloured powder in bright hues – which is also known as rangoli. If you’d like to avoid the tourist crowds at Pavilion or Mid Valley, feel free to check out The Mines shopping centre in Seri Kembangan as it features a 5.5m-tall peacock with a beautiful kolam for its tail. Other alternative malls with cool kolam themes to check out are IOI City Mall, Bangsar Village, Atria Shopping Gallery, and even Gateway@klia2!
We at Sevenpie wishes you a Happy Diwali and a happy (work free) hump day!