Celebrating Festival of Light

By Diana Ooi

As a country of diverse ethnicity, we Malaysians celebrate a whole list of festivals starting from the Calendar New Year in January followed by Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa, Hari Raya Haji,  Deepavali and many others.  The year will be wrapped up with Christmas celebrated at the end of the year.

It is the Home’s policy to celebrate each festival to let the children understand the different practices and traditions of the various group.

A week before Deepavali the children were excited and eager to create the “kolam” – a symbol of Deepavali.  Led by the Hindu children, the others joined in to create a beautiful “kolam”.  

We were fortunate to have the Rotary Club of Pantai Valley hosting the Lunch at the Home on Deepavali which fell on 18 October this year. The Hindu children of the Home were able to celebrate the occasion with their family members as they were invited to celebrate with us.  There were more than 20 members of the Rotary Club of Pantai Valley with their family members joined in the celebration together with our volunteers.

The children could not wait to dip their cutleries in the spread of sumptuous food.  After food, the guests spent some time getting to know our children better.

After only 2 days of training by Ashleigh Tang, our volunteer, the children bravely put up some dances for our guests.

Our volunteer Mahathir (called Abang Hansom by the children for whatever reason) and his team conducted a quiz session which started with the children taking part but eventually even the guests also joined in.

Guests started to leave by about 4pm afterwhich, the children tucked in to another round of food before they reluctantly agreed to help clear up for the day.

For a wonderful event, we would like to thank members of the Rotary Club of Pantai Valley especially Rotarian Santi and Rengga, the main sponsors of the event and also our other food sponsors.  We would also like to thank our volunteers who came in to help in various ways and not forgetting our reliable staff and our children who helped with the setting up, washing up and cleaning up!  Not only did they enjoyed themselves with the goodies, they contributed to its success too.


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