Sunday, February 3, 2013

Ponggal Unity Festival

Salam 1Malaysia! Laziness struck me the moment I passed my hospital interview exam and I had rarely opened my textbooks ever since XD. Oh ya, I went to this Ponggal Unity Festival with my coursemates on Tuesday. It is a nationwide festive celebration held by the government at Dataran Merdeka to celebrate the Ponggal Festival with the Malaysian Indian community, meaning that all the political VIPs including our prime minister would be attending the festival as well. Ponggal is a harvest festival celebrated in South India at the end of the harvest season. It is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the Indian community in Malaysia. Traditionally, on Ponggal day, Indians prepare the sweet rice before giving thanks to the “life-giving” sun for a bountiful harvest. 

Us in the bus provided by our university.

Arrived at Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur at 5pm. The bus dropped us there because it was only a short walking distance away from Dataran Merdeka. Look at the crowd waiting to celebrate the festival.

Crowd moving towards Dataran Merdeka.

Banner with the image of our prime minister and MIC leader.

Another shot of the crowd.

Group photo!

The ladies.

The huge crowd at Dataran Merdeka. There were many stalls selling a variety of Indian food. We didn't try the food because the queue was long and the heat was inbearable.

Candid shot of our group walking to the event area.

Look at the bright sunny weather on that day and the sky was sooo blueee. It felt like paradise. Bright sunny weather is good for photos but not good for us haha. The sun was scorching hot and I felt burnt. All of us couldn't stand the heat and decided to leave once we had enough fun taking pictures. One good thing about bright sunlight is that all the photos came out looking stunning!

Me and Dodo, my lovely coursemate from Nigeria who graced the event with her beautiful traditional wear. My friend said this photo looks like we were at Miami beach with the sunnies and high fashion pose haha.

Second shot.

Love this shot of my coursemates.

More group photos. =D

The stage at the centre of Dataran Merdeka. Our prime minister would officiate the event and give speech later on this stage but we didn't wait until that moment. Haha.

Coconut tree leaves. My friend told me that Indians love to use coconut tree leaves for decoration during events or celebration.

A random shot of a beautifully dressed Indian lady. Love the vibrant colours of their traditional wear.

That's all!

Happy Ponggal to all the Indians out there! Chinese New Year is getting near and it's another good excuse for me to not come out from laziness. The high number of public holidays in these few weeks also contribute to the laziness as well. Oh well haha.


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