Close to 100 Malaysians gathered at the Embassy in Phnom Penh yesterday to celebrate the Festival of Lights, known fondly as Deepavali.
In Malaysia, it is celebrated by the Hindu community, which makes up a significant amount of the population. Also known as Diwali, the celebration typically signifies the victory of good over evil.
Malaysian Ambassador Eldeen Husaini Mohd Hashim said despite being away from home, celebration of all festivities is a must to echo the spirit of solidarity that Malaysia propagates.
“This is a celebration for all Malaysians. More than anything, we get the chance to meet and talk to fellow countrymen during such celebrations. It might be smaller than the ones we are used to back home, but it is still very meaningful,” he said.
The event saw guests having a jolly good time as they feasted on Malaysian delights such as nasi minyak with sambal chicken (fragrant rice with chicken cooked in chilli), chicken satay, roasted chicken and traditional desserts.