WITH Hari Raya just around the corner, many people can be seen doing their last-minute shopping at malls in the Klang Valley, which are decked with festive decorations, each with its own special theme.
At Bangsar Shopping Centre (BSC), the neighbourhood mall is ushering in Hari Raya with fabric designs inspired by Malaysia’s own cultural treasure, the traditional batik.
Known for its geometrical and floral motifs, Malaysian batik often features a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours.
Visitors can browse and do their Raya shopping while feasting their eyes on the decorated tapestries and designs throughout the mall. There are also stalls selling clothes, accessories and food on the ground floor.
Subang Parade’s festive campaign draws attention to the importance of giving during Ramadan and Hari Raya with the theme “Memberi Dengan Keikhlasan” (Give with Sincerity).
The mall has been transformed into a quaint fishing village with the objective of evoking a sense of nostalgia.
Also featured is an array of vendors displaying their latest Hari Raya fashion collection, jewellery and a variety of delicacies, such as pineapple cheese tarts, bepeng (ground almond cookies) and traditional cookies, to ensure shoppers experience a wholesome Raya celebration.
The main atrium area welcomes shoppers with its jetty-inspired stage, lively decorations with fish traps, Raya food preparation, fisherman’s house with vintage furnishings and fishing boat structures.
Until June 9, Gabungan Pendikir Lembah Klang will perform dikir barat at the mall to entertain visitors.
Meanwhile, 3 Damansara (formerly Tropicana City Mall) has a theme called “Radiance of Ramadan”, featuring a fusion concept with local design and a touch of Middle Eastern architecture at its main concourse.
It also features colourful elements that symbolise the branding of 3 Damansara.
The concourse is designed to emulate a marketplace with decorated structures and booths that are Islamic art-inspired, and colourful ornaments to reflect the festive atmosphere.
The concourse also has lights and lanterns hung along the booths and the main structure, representing the joy of Ramadan and Hari Raya.
There are six booths which feature a variety of goods.
At 1 Utama Shopping Centre in Petaling Jaya, the theme this year is “Sulaman Kasih”, where the decorations revolve around the art of weaving and bamboo.
As such, the mall has workshops like rattan and basket weaving as well as wau making.
The lower ground Oval concourse is embellished according to the theme with fluid structures of wood, rattan and palm trees made out of batik.
At Sogo KL, the theme of “Raikan Keindahan Syawal” (Celebrating the beauty of Syawal) takes on a Moroccan architecture theme.
KL Sogo senior general manager Ronnie Tan said they went for artistic features, displaying modern Islamic designs with a play on colours like turquoise and orange, and patterns.
Moroccan tiles and lamps deck the mannequin displays to add texture to the festive ambience.
In line with its fun and food-centric theme this festive season, the ground floor centre court of Atria Shopping Gallery in Damansara Jaya adds a warm touch to the season for its
“Fun-Tastic Hari Raya” ambience with a variety of activities for the whole family.
Taking centre stage is a mini traditional kampung house, complete with a gazebo to evoke the traditional Hari Raya spirit with a balik kampung-style celebration.
At IPC Shopping Centre, an exclusive collaboration with property developer EcoWorld sees a lavish Mediterranean garden with Morroccan-styled gazebos in line with the theme “Blossoming Syawal”.
At the heart of the shopping centre, dazzling geometric art and architecture take up the concourse area to accentuate the classic Mediterranean design. The three main gazebos are inspired by EcoWorld properties – Eco Ardence, Eco Grandeur and Eco Sanctuary – where each structure has its own characteristics to provide shoppers a different look and feel when they rest, relax or simply break fast.
Shoppers will get to immerse themselves in the decorative ambience and engage in Hari Raya activities until June 16.