Malaysia government had announced earlier that this year (2015) Deepavali, there will be 2 days of holidays for the Hindu citizens to celebrate this happy festival.
Now, students and pupils all over Malaysia are thrilled over this Festival of Light because the Ministry of Education had announced that all schools will have 1 week of holiday, starting from Monday.
6 days to be exact for us the Southern region.
My son came back from school, smiling from ear to ear for 2 good reasons.
- He had his Report Card in his hands and was delighted with his final exam results.
- Deepavali School Holidays starts from Monday to Saturday, 6 days of no school days, no homework, able to sleep late at night.
Deepavali Coming to Live
For the last few days, neighbors around our residential area had been lighting fireworks and fire crackers to welcome Deepavali in advance. This is similar to Hari Raya Puasa and Chinese New Year. People are anxious to celebrate before the festival day arrives.
During Deepavali, you can see Hindu ladies wearing beautiful saree , makeup on, floral garland of sweet smelling flowers on their hair buns and dangling gold jewelry on necks, wrists or ankles.
Sometimes you may have the chance to watch open air concerts where there are Hindu dance troupes held in shopping malls, “Kolam” colorful decoration in most shopping malls and dazzling street decorations of bright lights to welcome this festival.
You will be amazed of the Henna art, printed or painted on the hands of the ladies and teens to show the uniqueness.
During these school holidays, some of his classmates will be going for a week vacation while others will be staying at home watching TV, playing online games or helping out their parents while earning pocket money.
How we spend our holiday
- 1 week school holiday will be an enjoyable rest day for students and pupils but not for their parents.
- Working parents are granted 2 days holiday unless they applied for unpaid leave to spend more family bonding time with their kids.
When I was a young child, my mom used to take me and my brother to visit out Hindu neighbors, wishing them “Happy Deepavali“.
They welcomed us with smiles, serve sweet carbonated drinks, murukus (spiral shape crispy crackers), pineapple tarts, sugee balls, peanut crackers and sweet cakes.
I sure missed those days. Now, it is rare to have neighbors that invite non-Hindu friends or neighbors to their homes.
Wishing all Hindu friends a Happy Deepavali and happy school holidays.
Enjoy yourself and exercise later!
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