Adventures at Matheran Hill Station
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Matheran is a Hill Station located near Mumbai, Karjat.   It is located 800 meters above sea level in the Jambol Forest of Maharashtra.  It was found by Hugh Poynts Malet in May 1850.  It spreads over an area of 8 square kilometers in Sahyadri Mountains.  It is one of the best places to spend a two-day holiday if you are in Mumbai or in the vicinity of Mumbai or its suburbs.  To reach Matheran,  [...]

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Cultural View Of Kuala Lumpur

Posted on November 11, 2009 | Fascinating CitiesNo Comment


Kuala Lumpur is the cultural centre of Malaysia. Together the population over 6 million together  with the rest of the Klang Valley, Kuala Lumpur becomes a melting pot of cultures and traditions blending with the modern and new elements of cosmopolitan lifestyle and stands different as a metropolitan city. The three most dominant cultures are from the Malays, Chinese and Indians, who form the majority of Malaysia’s population. KL’s metropolitan area also has its fair share of local residents as well as large numbers of immigrants from nearby nations, especially Indonesia, the Philippines, India, Burma and Bangladesh. The city has many places of worship, thus catering to the multi religious population.

malaysMalays are the majority of the population in Malaysia and also a large population that resides in the outskirts and areas located just outside the city.  According to the constitution the Malays are Muslims and were traditionally farmers and fishermen. Also they originated from Palembang in Sumatra. They speak the national language which is Bahasa Malaysia, a form of Malay language which is similar to that of Indonesia. Malays have a very rich tradition in weaving fabrics and making wooden handicrafts. This works are till date witnessed in Malay-centric states such as Terengganu and Kelantan. Malays also form the majority of Parliament and dominate the political scene in Malaysia.

chineseChinese have made Malaysia their home in the early 15th century but it was only in late 18 Century that they came to Malaysia from Fujian and Guangdong in China to work for the booming tin industry. Many of them got settled in Kuala Lumpur and played and important role for making the city as prosperous as it is today. Within the Chinese community, you will find many different dialects but the majorities in Kuala Lumpur are of Cantonese descent, followed by the Hokkiens.

Economic power of Malaysia and in Kuala Lumpur is in the hand of Chinese, this is easily proved by the large number of Chinese inhabiting the urban and city areas of Malaysia. Besides being the second largest race in Malaysia, the Chinese are known for their colorful customs and traditions especially during the Chinese New Year. During this time, they put up fantastic displays of ‘Lion’ dancing besides providing ‘Ang Pows’ – red packets in money to children, a practice that has carried over to the Malays and Indians of Malaysia. Today, many Chinese in Kuala Lumpur are English-educated, speaking primarily English with some Chinese dialects in between. The Chinese also pride themselves on good education and to bridge the divide between local dialects. An overwhelming majority of Chinese are involved with the corporate and commercial business sector of Malaysia.

kuala lumpur templeThe third largest race in Malaysia is of Indians. A large number of  Indian originally from South India speaking Tamil or Hindi moved to Kuala Lumpur. They carried their religion, traditions and rituals with them. Hinduism is thus followed in Kuala Lumpur. During the popular Hindu festivals such as Deepavali, Indians will perform colourful rites and visit temples. They were traditionally estate workers for tapping rubber when they first came in Malaysia. Today, many Indians are involved in the business sector, especially in restaurants.

Originally from the Punjab province of India, Punjabis migrated to Malaysia. In the Punjabi community, the male is known as ‘Sikh’ and the female is known as ‘Kaur’. Punjabis are known for their colorful culture, Bhangra a traditional Punjabi musical art form is increasing its popularity all over the world. Their traditional costumes consist of a ‘kurta’ or ‘baana’ for the male – normally worn with a turban – and a Punjabi suit or ‘lenga’ for the female. The Punjabis celebrate Baisakhi, the Sikh’s New Year and Harvest Festival.

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