Malaysia is a federal constitutional monarchy in Southeast Asia. It consists of thirteen states and three federal territories and is separated by the South China Sea into two similarly sized regions, Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo. Land borders are shared with Thailand, Indonesia, and Brunei, and maritime borders exist with Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The capital and the largest city of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur, while Putrajaya is the seat of the federal government.
Christmas Celebrations in Malaysia :
Malaysia has a majority of Muslim community, but there are other community as well which includes a large number of Chinese, Indians, indigenous peoples, and many others and about 7% Christians also live here. and the other races are very tolerant and friendly people.
Although most people think of Malaysia as a Muslim country, which it is, it has an extremely diverse population living in harmony and celebrating different religious events together regardless of their personal faith.
Malaysia has its unique style of celebrating Christmas. Malaysia Christmas is for all races, where they allow Christmas caroling almost everywhere including shopping malls, compared to some other countries, and Christmas is a public bank holiday for everybody. Christmas in Malaysia an officially declared public holiday.
Christmas day usually begins with families going to church, and then having an “open house” where family and friends can stop by throughout the day. Shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur are decorated with huge Christmas trees, lights, and Christmas scenes, as are hotels and other places throughout the city.
Christmas trees are put up by the Christians at their homes one or two weeks before Christmas. All the shopping malls of Malaysia put up with lights and decoration and welcome Christmas, the festival of joy and merry making, with much fervor and enthusiasm. The practice of singing Christmas carols for this very special occasion begins in the middle of December with the carolers going around from house to house one week before Christmas in their respective zones. Along with the carolers there is also a person dressed as Santa Claus who gives out sweets to the children. Christians dress up in new clothes and visit the church for participating in the midnight mass on the eve of Christmas.
Before the beginning of the midnight mass, sketches or plays enacted by children take place along with the singing of Christmas carols. After the midnight mass service, people greet each other “Merry Christmas”. It is a part of the tradition to say a short prayer before doing anything else in most of the Christian houses in Malaysia. After the prayer is over at the church people generally have wine and fruit cake and after this gifts are exchanged along with snapping photographs and opening of the gifts.
How do you say Merry Christmas in Malaysia? – “Selamat Hari Krimas!”
Wishing all readers Merry Christmas 2019 & Happy New Year 2020 !!!