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Feliz Navidad ... however you say it ...



Christmas in many parts of the world is both a secular and sacred holiday.

Many countries bring their own cultures and traditions to the Christmas season.

It is as much a celebration of spirituality as it is of goodwill.

Those who observe Christmas go to church, sing carols, exchange gifts and attend parties as well as family gatherings.
 
Christmas in Malaysia is celebrated in typical Malaysian fashion where people of multi-ethnic and multi-religious backgrounds thronged the homes of their Christian friends to soak in the festive spirit.

This is consistent with the concept of "rumah terbuka" or "open house" which makes the celebration of major festivals in Malaysia more meaningful.






Food is the main component of any festival.

Visitors to a Malaysian open house on Christmas Day may find traditional Western offerings of the season -- roast turkey, mince pies and fruit cakes -- sitting comfortably with local delicacies such as devil's curry, beef rendang and pineapple tarts.

For many the celebration continues well into the small hours.

Selamat Hari Raya Natal, Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noel, Merry Christmas.

However you say it, it means "have a good time"!

From me to you:

Merry Christmas or just enjoy your day off!

NOTE: Pictures by Jehan Mohd

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