June 4, 2019, by Lisa Chin

Happy Festivities!

Triple Festivities

Selamat Hari Raya

Hari Raya, or the festival of Eid, is approaching soon, and by soon, it is just a day away!

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all Muslims a Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir dan Batin.

Our annual Raya celebration

We will have our annual Hari Raya celebration for all our postgraduate students on Wednesday 19 June 2019 at 1pm – 2pm in H1B12. So come and join us!

Tadau Kaamatan & Selamat Hari Gawai

Kaamatan is celebrated on 30 & 31 May by the ethnic groups in the state of Sabah while Gawai Dayak is celebrated on 1 & 2 June by the Dayak people in the state of Sarawak.

We would also like to wish all our fellow Sabahans and Sarawakians a belated Kotobian Tadau Tagazo Do Kaamatan & Selamat Ari Gawai Gayu Guru Gerai Nyamai.

Our favourite festive ads

A truly Malaysian tradition, festive season calls for festive commercial advertisements and short films. We have watched most of them; some got us laughing and some got us crying. So here are our top picks this year:

Konvoi Epik Fantastik (Epic Fantastic Convoy) 

Ad on preserving tradition

Yet another epically fantastic ad by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) following its ad with the similar name and theme last year Rumah Epik Fantastik (Epic Fantastic House). This 4.5-minute ad centres around a girl named Nabila who travels with her grandfather Tok Wan for Hari Raya open houses of his many siblings. It highlights the importance of visiting family members and relatives during the festive season.

Sama-Sama Balik Raya (Let’s go back for Raya)

Ad on balik kampung (coming home) 

This 3-minute ad by Malaysia Airlines (MAS) delves into the question as to why we travel miles to return home for the celebration although we feel that the experience is similar each time. It emphasises the significance of reunion with families and loved ones for the festive season.

A Journey Home

Film on sharing values and beauty of diversity. 

This 7-minute short film by a Sarawak-based social media platform, SukaSuka, tells a story of two best friends, Azizi and Jacob, and their teacher, Cikgu Muhamad. The story conveys a message of love, the beauty of diversity and finding a sense of belonging no matter where one is. It shows how unity can gather people to celebrate festive occasions regardless of background, race and belief, and that universal values such as respect and acceptance are the key to achieving harmony in a multiracial community.

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