It’s a well-known fact that Malaysians love to enjoy festival seasons – thanks to the cultural diversity and most importantly, the influence of Western festivals.
To narrow down the topic, this entry is generally about most Malaysians celebrating certain festivals, especially the foreign Western ones, …
…by partying at the club. No?
Let’s face it. In the beginning of ever year, typical Malaysians celebrate the New Year by clubbing.
During St. Patrick’s Day, the Westerners gather, wear green, dance and drink beer. That’s how they describe it.
But generally for Malaysians, they go “clubbing” during St. Patrick’s Day.
Next, Merdeka Day. Historically, our independence day has nothing to do with “clubbing” at all.
But why do some Malaysians “countdown and celebrate” Merdeka Day at the clubs?
And during Christmas as well, some celebrate with “clubbing”. Furthermore, traffic jam would be everywhere throughout the whole day.
But Christmas in London is different – it makes the roads quite empty.
That’s what I saw when I was in London during Christmas Day.
Contrary to the ways Malaysia celebrates Christmas, most people in London stay at home. For them, it’s a day where they spend time with their family.
Typical Malaysians would go countdown on Christmas Eve and then hit the club, right?
And recently, it was Halloween Day and the common activities include trick-or-treating, wearing costumes and attending costume parties, carving jack-o’-lanterns, ghost tours, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, telling ghost stories and watching horror films.
One thing Malaysians did generally right is “wearing costumes” and it’ll be definitely be accompanied by “clubbing”.
Personally, I believe it’s fun to celebrate festivals – but somehow Malaysians don’t see the true meaning of certain Western festivals. Because to them, it’s all about partying at the club.
The photo above is a Penis Festival held in Japan. I certainly hope it doesn’t come to Malaysia because Malaysians will just go clubbing instead of enjoying penises.
Anyway, back to Halloween – if you go around trick-or-treating in Malaysia, you’ll definitely get the trick…
The “talk to the hand” trick.
Take note – this entry is not in any way against the clubbing culture of the Malaysians. It’s totally fine to go clubbing. The point is, understanding the true purpose of the festivals would make the celebration more memorable – rather than another “let’s celebrate with clubbing” session.
So now, I will start the proper Halloween activity.
Oh damn, I mixed up Halloween and Christmas!