Saturday, 6 October 2012

 Occasions or Festivals


1. Hari Raya Aidilfitri  

        The Malay term for Eid ul-Fitr. Hari Raya is also known as Lebaran. The term “Hari Raya” literally means “Day of Celebration”. The main greeting used by Muslims in Malaysia and Singapore is “Selamat Hari Raya” which  means “Happy Eid”. Another greeting is “maaf zahir  dan batin” which translates loosely to “I seek forgiveness (from you) physically and spiritually”, for Hari Raya is a time to ask for forgiveness, reconcile and renew relationships with others.



 
 2. Merry Christmas
     The Legend of Santa Claus explains the journey of St. Nicholas' transformation over the centuries into the beloved character of Santa Claus with a true tale that parallels much of the modern Christmas experience. This video gives context to the questions often raised about Santa and explores his deep love for Jesus Christ and the impact of his beliefs as a religious leader in his actions that would forever influence the celebration of Christmas. Appropriate for  young and old we believe this story needs to be told again and again and held in contrast to the modern portrayal of Santa Claus in popular media of our day. 



3. Deepavali
    Deepavali is also known as Diwali, or the Festival of Lights. Light is significant in Hinduism because it signifies goodness. So, during the Festival of Lights, 'deeps', or oil lamps, are burned throughout the day and into the night to ward off darkness and evil.Diwali is celebrated on the last day of the last month of lunar calendar.


4.  Chinese New Year  

       The most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. It is known as "Spring Festival". The festival begins on the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day. Chinese New Year's Eve or "Eve of the Passing Year", a day where Chinese families gather for their annual reunion dinner. During Chinese New Year, the younger will receive an 'ang pau" of the elder.

4 comments:

  1. Animation story-telling is easy for kids to understand and remember. If there's an animation about Indian's festival, Deepavali, so that will be completed to show the three main ethnics in Malaysia.

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  2. I never going to have a deep studied about the festivals back history, especially about the Deepavali. Thanks. Now, i knew it.

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  3. Thanks a lot for your comment,Joyee Yeep. I already inserted the animation of Deepavali.

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  4. Alex, you are welcome. Actually, we should appreciate that we have the opportunity to know others' cultures especially in Malaysia.

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