Igniting spirit of Deepavali amid muted celebrations


The Deepavali kolam at Queensbay Mall, Penang.

THE Festival of Lights or Deepavali is almost here and shoppers at Queensbay Mall, Penang, are in for a treat this month.

A host of activities and events is being planned but on a smaller scale due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Among them is the Get Creative with eKolam event happening until Nov 15.

Snap a picture of the mall’s kolam and enhance it with the various filters on a smartphone before uploading it to social media sites with the hashtag #lightsofhopeqbm.

Kolam is floor art made of coloured flour or rice with agal vilakku (oil lamps) placed around it to symbolise auspiciousness.

The best five pictures stand to win a beauty gift set from Bath & Body Works.

Children have not been left out as a similar event is also being organised where they are required to scan the QR code at various locations of the mall to download different kolam designs.

They can then beautify them by using the digital applications on their smartphones.

Once completed, the pictures can be sent via direct message to the mall’s Facebook account by Nov 15.

Fifty children stand a chance to win vouchers to dine at Queens Hall.

Shoppers spending RM200 (in two combined receipts on the same day) can redeem Deepavali money packets (while stocks last) at the information counter.

Also, shoppers can redeem RM10 cash rebate vouchers at Manhattan Fish Market with a spending of RM250 (in two

combined receipts on the same day), limited to 100 redemptions only.

Meanwhile, CapitaStar members can redeem 35gm of Winter Warmers Rosebud Tea with 2,500 Stars from Nov 9.

Deepavali falls on Nov 14 this year.

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