Deepavali: The Festival of Lights in Malaysia:-
Deepavali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is celebrated every year on the Tamil month of Kartik which falls around October or November on the Gregorian calendar.
Significance of Deepavali – Deepavali means “row of lamps”,
The festival lasts for five days. The first day of Deepavali commemorates the victory of Lord Krishna over the demon Naraka, good over the evil, brightness over the darkness.
Deepavali in Malaysia
The celebration of Deepavali in Malaysia would be incomplete without arrays of “kolam”. “Kolam” is a decorative art with intricate designs drawn on the floor with a variety of materials such as turmeric powder, rice grains and rice flour in a fluorescent spectrum of vibrant colours. These “kolam” come in many sizes, many of which are in giant proportions in malls and public halls in the country. Traditionally, the “kolam” is smaller and drawn at the doorstep of an Indian home usually by a young lady. While the “kolam” is now a symbol of Deepavali, it is actually a daily practice at some homes who would draw the “kolam” at the front of their houses every morning.Open house to all relatives and friends of all races for a good time and a good traditional meal, sweets and snacks is served.