Festival showcasing village life to start on March 3

A tug-of-war taking place during a previous edition of Pesta Angin Timur or East Wind Festival in Perlis. — Filepic

PESTA Angin Timur (PAT2023) is making a comeback from March 3 to 5 at Kampung Sungai Padang, Simpang Empat in Perlis.

Fisherman Mohd Zaini Ahmad, 56, said this was the first time their village had been chosen as the venue for the event, also known as East Wind Festival.

There will be a fishing competition, duck catching and tug-of-war, among others.

Food trader, Mohd Muhaimin Ab Nasir, 30, was overjoyed that the festival was returning.

He said petty traders were waiting for PAT2023, as it would be a big opportunity for them to boost their income.

“I have made an early booking to secure a stall at the site to sell drinks and satay,” said the father of two.

Mohd Muhaimin said he had only recently moved to Perlis, and this programme was an opportunity for him to change careers from fisherman to food trader.

University graduate, Nur Farahani Abdullah, 25, said that PAT2023 was a good avenue to promote community sports.

“It will help instil togetherness especially among children as many of them have forgotten these activities,” she said.

Additionally, she said PAT2023 will give visitors a chance to experience village life.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, PAT2021 was held online while PAT2022 was oganised in a hybrid manner.

PAT2023 is the 11th edition of the annual programme by the Perlis government to draw tourists.

The festival also aims to highlight the uniqueness of village life, including its local arts and traditional heritage. — Bernama

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