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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Malls favour traditional themes for Hari Raya decor

SungeiWang Plaza, where the stage has been transformed into a mosque-like structure.

SungeiWang Plaza, where the stage has been transformed into a mosque-like structure.

From ketupat and wau bulan to a Moorish garden, shopping centres in the Klang Valley are dazzling patrons with their beautiful Hari Raya decor.

HARI Raya Aidilfitri is around the corner and shopping centres are putting their best foot forward when it comes to festive decorations, with most of them adopting a traditional theme.

In the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Suria KLCC welcomes shoppers with colourful Malacca-inspired kampung houses in the Centre Court, bringing to the fore the spirit of togetherness usually associated with the season.

Decorative coconut trees complement the village houses perfectly, setting the scene for a traditional atmosphere.

In addition, the classic ketupat is given a modern twist and displayed throughout the mall, while the KLCC Esplanade area is beautifully decked out in giant oil lamps.

The stage in Sungei Wang Plaza has been transformed with influences from Arabic architecture. The structure, consisting of a series of arches, is made from plywood with light green, turquoise and blue curtains.

Sungei Wang Plaza senior manager marketing communications KK Lim said it was challenging to come up with the perfect Hari Raya theme.

“Hari Raya decorations are usually concentrated on the ketupat and pelita but this year, we have managed to create something unique to go with our stage performance,” he said.

He added that the Arabic mosque complemented the shopping complex’s Zapin dance showcase, as Zapin was believed to originate from the Middle East.

The arches have bright cut-out stars and graphic motifs brightened up by huge yellow light bulbs.

Huge stand-alone pillars are decorated with interesting motifs to add a glamorous and elegant feel to the place.

Palm trees are placed strategically, while antique colourful lamps adorned with crystal beads are hung at the centre of the stage set elevated on a platform.

Meanwhile, visitors to Mid Valley Megamall will be transported back to their childhood with its nostalgic theme.

The sight of intricately-designed Malaysian wau bulan and the sounds of a festive village can be heard reverberating throughout the mall.

Rediscover the joy of returning home to a small village in celebration of the festive season, a traditional market has been brought to life with over 20 quaint wooden stalls, complete with the hustle and bustle of traders and shoppers.

Shoppers can look forward to kuih raya, other traditional treats as well as the latest Hari Raya fashion.

Those visiting Berjaya Times Square will be treated to an Arabic theme complete with a series of magnificent chandeliers as well as elaborate domes with distinctive Islamic art and architecture at its main entrance.

In the meantime, the traditional songket takes centre stage at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, with an exhibition to feature the rich origins of the traditional cloth.

From songket-weaving demonstrations to a contemporary art display, the mall is showcasing the country’s rich cultural heritage at its Centre Court, from now to Aug 3.

Visitors will be able to browse and buy songket at kiosks and view exhibits of modern and traditional attire as well as home interiors utilising songket.

Works by Malaysia’s international painter and royal portraitist, Ken Yang, featuring his Malaysian-inspired series, will also be on display throughout the Raya celebrations.

In Petaling Jaya, 1Utama shopping centre has opted to go with the “Splendours of Eid” theme featuring Ottoman Turkish art and architecture.

At the Lower Ground Oval concourse, one can find domes of teal and gold forming a bustling bazaar with real palm trees lining the walkway and charming water fountains to express an idyllic market place. Vendors selling festive goods, clothes, decorative items and a variety of merchandise can be found here and elsewhere in the mall.

At the Curve, shoppers are soaking in the lively Hari Raya ambience featuring authentic traditional Malay music and dances.

There is a colourful, contemporary backdrop of intricate kerawang motifs at the Centre Court to marvel at. The kerawang is a time-honoured Malay handicraft design that can be found on traditional Malay wooden houses.

These vibrant motifs are popular images during Hari Raya and a prominent feature for the “Budaya Raya Dance Musical,” the highlight of the Curve’s Raya celebration.

The Curve centre manager Jazmi Kamarudin said the mall hoped to cultivate the spirit of Hari Raya among shoppers via its decorations.

“We are pleased to be able to revive these traditional elements of the Malay culture, giving our patrons of all races a greater appreciation of authentic Raya festivities,” he said.

Its sister mall, eCurve has decorated the Centre Atrium to represent a leafy world in full bloom with charming and uniquely Malaysian flora such as the Rafflesia, wild orchids and pitcher plants.

Lamps are placed so that their light shine through the leaves of low-hanging branches, creating an illusion for visitors that they are in a tropical rainforest.

Placed around the atrium in the midst of the lush surroundings is the traditional pangkin, where visitors can rest their feet and enjoy the view at the same time.

Themed Mekar Raya, this natural haven will also be the main stage for a lively dance performance, which is the highlight of eCurve’s Raya celebrations.

eCurve centre manager Azizul Hisham Ahmad said: “With the Mekar Raya performances eCurve has lined up, we hope our shoppers can immerse themselves in this tropical ambience.

Over in Sunway Pyramid, the theme is Manisnya Raya, inspired by the colourful kuih-muih that are must-haves especially during the month of Ramadan.

Shoppers heading to the mall’s LG2 Blue Concourse will be able to see quirky and colourful kuih-inspired kampung house called Anjung Kasih, which opens to a comfortable verandah and is surrounded by other kampung houses featuring baju raya, cookies and desserts.

At Setia City Mall (SCM), traditional and vibrant decorations are set to wow visitors, with a Moorish Garden set up along with a dazzling fountain filled with exotic plants and flowers.

The main display showcases Moorish architecture with its intricate arches and benches located around the fountain feature in a garden setting, providing a picturesque backdrop for visitors.

Adding to the bazaar feel are the retailers’ kiosks with numerous offerings such as baju kurung, sampin and baju Melayu.

“We want our shoppers to enjoy the architecture and colours of the Moorish garden,” said SCM general manager Tim Hill, adding that there were Arabian performances lined up, such as a musical performance, Sufi Dance and Arabian String Band.

Tags / Keywords: Community , Central Region , Events , Family Community , Shopping malls , Klang Valley , Raya deco


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