Creative day of colouring rangoli

Two of the participants concentrating as they use a mixture of colours to create a vibrant Deepavali rangoli.

CHRISTOPHER Low, 10, had an illuminating Sunday afternoon when he took part in the Rangoli Decoration Contest at The Mines Shopping Mall.

“I am happy to be here because I learnt something about Indian culture. I have experienced how my Indian friends would decorate their rangoli at home for Deepavali.

“Best of all, I get to spend time with my mummy for this competition as she helped me in the rangoli decoration,” said Low who emerged champion.

Children aged 12 years old and below like Low were among the 30 participants in the family-oriented event.

Wong Ming Ming, 43, from Kajang was more than happy to let her son Low experience the art of decorating the rangoli in the spirit of racial unity.

“An art competition like this is a good platform for children like my son to experience other cultures. It is also good for him to interact with other children,” she said.

The contest was among an assortment of activities held by the shopping centre to commemorate the Festival of Light.

Hoping that every participant would walk away with newfound knowledge of Indian culture, CapitaLand Malaysia Mall Trust marketing communications executive Kitty Yap highlighted the importance of the event.

“The teamwork of the parents and their children can do wonders when they collaborate to express their creativity freely on the rangoli.

“This event is more than a fun time out for families as adults and children from different ethnicities get to immerse themselves in Deepavali celebration and experience it themselves,” she said.

The champion of the contest walked home with a Giant cash voucher worth RM200 and Spotlight gift card worth RM50. The first and second runners-up received prizes worth RM200 and RM150 respectively.

The other participants received consolation prizes of a RM20 Giant cash voucher each.

Walking away with the consolation prize did not dampen Mischa Sama Kaur’s spirit as the nine-year-old from Sungai Besi summed up her feelings for the competition.

“Winning is not everything to me because having fun with my mum at the competition and expressing myself through the colours on the rangoli is more important,” she concluded.

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