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Deepavali merriment at Malaysian Embassy

Anith Adilah Othman / Khmer Times Share:
The family-friendly event was a good opportunity for Malaysians here to form closer ties. KT/Pann Rachana

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.

Ambassador H.E. Eldeen Husaini Mohd Hashim says celebrations abroad are small but meaningful. KT/Pann Rachana

“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.

Members of the Ladies Association of the Embassy of Malaysia with Ambassador’s wife Masdiana Mohamad (two from left). KT/Pann Rachana
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