WHILE this Hari Raya Aidilfitri will be comparatively low-key, shopping malls in Penang have done their bit to ensure it would not be totally devoid of a festive ambience.
Festive decorations have gone up at several locations -- albeit on a much smaller scale than what shoppers are accustomed to seeing in previous years.
Simplicity and open concepts are the current approach, to prevent crowds from clustering in spots due to the need for continued social distancing during this conditional movement control order (MCO) period.
Those visiting Gurney Plaza to do last-minute Hari Raya shopping will notice a large crescent and several stars floating above arches and palm trees.
Centre manager Peter Chan said many precautionary factors were taken into consideration before they settled on the design, as the safety of shoppers remained the top priority.
“Festive celebrations are the most joyful aspect of living in a vibrant multicultural country. For every occasion, we look forward to the preparation process and sharing the festivity with shoppers through such decorations.
“Despite being in the conditional MCO, we decided to dress up our Centre Atrium. Our Salam Aidilfitri theme this year focuses on the familiar motifs of Hari Raya.
“We hope everyone who visits during this unprecedented period will still be able to get into the festive mood,” Chan added.
Over at Gurney Paragon Mall, a rustic kampung house and bus stop framed with stars and a crescent moon are the main decorative features seen at its atrium.
Marketing communications head Jasmine Tai said: “Hari Raya is one of Malaysia’s major celebrations, and we wanted to try and keep the festive spirit alive despite the challenges the country finds itself in.
“Our decorations were designed before the MCO so we’ve had to alter it with the new normal in mind, including scaling it down. We also have reminders put up and safety ambassadors stationed to remind people about distancing.”
At Queensbay Mall, numerous lighted stars, traditional motifs and wau bulan descend over its various atriums as part of its Riang Raya display.
Fabrics in shades of green, gold and yellow are the other simple yet cheerful embellishments aimed at keeping shoppers’ spirits up through these trying times.
In Kedah, the multi-faceted Warna-Warna Raya backdrop of Aman Central is clean, colourful and uncluttered.
Marketing communication senior manager Ken Chin said:
“We decided to still put up some minimal Hari Raya decor to bring shoppers some joy and excitement after the long period of MCO.
“It’s a gift to thank everyone for their continuous support. We all need that positivity to keep the festive spirit alive. May this season of forgiveness bring abiding peace to fill your hearts and homes.
“Selamat Hari Raya!”
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