A joyful but quiet Christmas in Malaysia

Posted On December 27, 2006

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Christians in Malaysia celebrated a quiet Christmas despite fine weather in some places and floods in several states having abated.

As usual, they went to church in the morning before visiting relatives and friends to forge closer ties among themselves in conjunction with the festival. In the capital, city folks of various races took advantage of the holiday to take their families to shopping complexes and recreational areas.

In Johor, Christians celebrated Christmas moderately as the state was still badly affected by the floods. The rain had prevented them from singing carols from house to house like in previous years, but some managed to go sightseeing with their families. A check at the 60-year-old Church of the Immaculate Conception in Jalan Gereja showed that about 200 Christians including from Singapore attended mass there.

In Malacca, with the flood having abated, thousands of locals and tourists celebrated Christmas merrily, especially at the Ujung Pasir Portuguese Village. They also decorated a 7.5m-high Christmas tree to instil the Christmas Spirit at the village. The tree received the Malaysia Book of Records’ recognition yesterday. The Portuguese community in Ujung Pasir and Banda Hilir also served their guests with traditional dishes like bahulu, karisenko, semur and karidebel.

In Penang, Christmas was also celebrated in moderation with Christians attending mass at churches and the Penang Christian Centre since morning. Thousands also flooded tourist spots like Batu Ferringhi, apart from shopping complexes.

In Sabah, Christmas was celebrated moderately but merrily with several community leaders and politicians hosting open house.