Penang has been promoting its living heritage in the recent years by organising cultural events during major celebrations. In conjunction with the Chinese New Year which falls on 23rd and 24th January 2012, the Penang state government, Penang Chinese Clan Council and the Penang Clan Associations Youth Committee will be organising a fun-filled cultural event on 29th January 2012. Read more »
There are many things about the earth and its living things that never fail to capture our interest and attention. One good example is the fascination that many people have regarding wild animals, in particular the way they move about in the jungle. Many inspirations have been derived from that one simple act, for instance incorporating animal-like movements into dances like the lion dance or a traditional Indian folk dance known as the Peacock dance.
In every culture, women’s wear has always been more elaborate than men’s wear. Women are often associated to beauty, and this usually extends to their attire. One of the more elaborate traditional women’s costumes in Malaysia has to be the saree of the Indians.
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Today is the last day of the Georgetown Festival celebrations that was happening around the city area. The last two days had seen thousands of people, both tourists and locals alike, swarming the city area to participate in the activities and cultural performances that went on. Though not many cultural performances are scheduled to happen today, I would not be surprised if I still find lots of tourists and locals hanging around the city centre to catch any of today’s events.
The second day of the festival started out a little bit more toned down compared to the first day. I guess it is always good to start something with a bang. Ever since I saw the brochure, one of the major events that I felt I had to catch was the Teochew puppet show performance. I have never had the chance to see such a show, one of the disadvantages of growing up in a big city. Cultural themed performances like the Chinese opera that is usually performed during the Chinese 7th month or even puppet shows like this are a rarity in the city. As this particular performance is scheduled to happen throughout the whole three days of the festival, I decided to schedule the visit to the second day.
The Textile Museum in Kuala Lumpur will be organising a talk on the proper ways of tying the ‘kain samping‘, an adornment that is typically worn with the Baju Melayu. The Baju Melayu is a traditional Malay outfit for men. Literally known as ‘Malay shirt’, the Baju Melayu is made out of two parts. The first part is the baju itself, which is normally long sleeved with a raised stiff collar known as the cekak musang. The second part of the outfit is of course the long pants that goes with it. The ‘kain samping‘ is a piece of cloth usually made out of songket cloth or kain sarung that is folded around the wearer’s waist.