Friday, August 13, 2010

Malaysia's 53rd Birthday!!!

Malaysia is turning 53! In conjunction with this National Day, I will publish Merdeka little articles until September 16.

The Community in Malaysia


  • Accounts for more than 50% of the Malaysian Population
  • Largest Ethnic in Malaysia
  • Language commonly spoken: Bahasa Melayu aka Bahasa Malaysia (National language)
  • Dialects: Kedah, Perak, Johore dialect, etc
  • Traditional Attire: Baju Kurung, Baju Kebaya, Baju Melayu, Songkok
  • Traditional Food: Lemang, Ketupat, Rendang, Sate...
  • Celebration: Based on their religion, Islam, namely Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Aidiladha
  • Music: Hadrah, Dondang Sayang etc
  • Dances: Inang, Joget, Zapin, Kuda Kepang etc


  • Accounts for around 30% of the Malaysian population
  • Second largest ethnic in Malaysia
  • Language commonly spoken: Mandarin
  • Dialect: Hokkien, Cantonese, Hakka, Teochew...
  • Traditional attire: Chinese Tang Zhuang (The ones you see in mythology, not common now), Samfu, Cheongsam (They are from the Manchurian reign!)
  • Traditional Food: Mooncakes, Kuih Bakul, Noodles, Rice dumplings, dim sum...
  • Celebration: (Customary) Chinese New Year, Dumpling Festival, Mooncake Festival, Ching Ming, Hungry Ghosts Festival, Dong Zhi; (Religious-mainly Buddhist) Wesak Day
  • Music: Opera, Chinese Folk Music, Chinese traditional music
  • Dances: Fan Dance, Lion Dance, Dragon Dance, etc


Third largest ethnic in Malaysia
Language commonly spoken: Tamil
Traditional attire: Saree, Dhoti, Salwar Kameez
Traditional Food: Capati, Idli, Sweetmeats etc
Celebration: (Mostly religious-main religion Hindu) Deepavali, Thaipusam, Thaiponggal
Dances: Bharatanatyam

I will only introduce briefly on the three main races here. We are of different races, yet we live harmoniously in the spirit of 1 Malaysia.

(P.S.: Please leave a comment to add information as the information is not really complete. Thanks!!!)

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