Colours of Malaysia

by Rozana

Colours of Malaysia, the country’s premier cultural event is ready to dazzle and entertain with spectacular traditional performances, colourful parades as well as exquisite arts and crafts.

There will be a flurry of activities throughout the country, as well as marvellous food fiestas. There will be a chance to sample mouth-watering delights such as Lemang Periuk Kera dan Opor Daging (Pahang), Kek Lapis (Sarawak), Nasi Kerabu (Kelantan), Nasi Dagang (Terengganu) and much more.

There will be many dishes to sample, traditional handicrafts on display (and buy!) such as tenun Pahang, tekat Perak, bakul Sia (Melaka), songket and even exquisite Sarawak pottery.

Locals as well as visitors will delight in the many unique cultural performances such as Kuda Kepang (Johor), Ulek Mayang (Terengganu), and Mak Yong (Kelantan). These are some of Malaysia’s rich cultural influences, reflected in Malaysia’s multi-cultural society.

Colours of Malaysia, with its humble beginnings in 1999 started as an ensemble of street performances introduced by the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia. Its main aim is to highlight and promote the rich cultural influences and heritage of the country through music, songs, and dance.

This year’s Colours of Malaysia 2009, with the theme “Malaysia Welcomes the World”, will showcase the best of Malaysian cultural extravaganza. This auspicious event will be graced by the King, Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Wathiqu Billah Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah.

Make sure to head your way to the national-level launching of the event at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur this 21st March, 2009. See you there!