DURING each festive period, shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur will never cease to amaze their customers and tourists with massive decorations.
The mood of the celebration is felt at even though there has been some cutting down on unnecessary expenditure.
At Sungei Wang Plaza, shoppers would be brought back in time to the days of Saloma and P. Ramlee as the popular mall along Jalan Bukit Bintang plans to revive the good old days with its customers this Aidilfitri.
“Every year we try our best to come up with fresh ideas, this time around the oldies idea came from seeing how shows from P. Ramlee’s days are now shown on theatre.
“Hence our team thought it would be a good way to uphold such interest not only among the older generation but with the younger ones too,” said Sungei Wang Plaza public relations manager K.K. Lim.
The backdrop of the mall’s centrestage is decorated with wooden doors, arches with floral motifs as well as props like old clocks, gramophones and photos of popular celebrities from the 60s and 70s.
Providing a warm glow over the atrium area of the mall is a huge iron wrought chandelier with little lamps hanging around it.
Adding to the festive air are 12 stalls occupying the Aidifitri Bazaar area. They sell all the festive must-haves such as apparel, cookies and home decor.
“Shoppers can also enjoy listening to evergreen tunes of the late Tan Sri P.Ramlee, Saloma, Datuk Ahmad Jais and Aishah while they shop at our mall this festive month,” said Lim.
Themed ‘Memori Aidilfitri’ shoppers will also be entertained by dancers from Swatari Dance Group which will be showcasing colourful dance routines from the 60s to 90s while local artistes such as Ramlah Ram, Roslan Shah, Ziana Zain, Mamat, Aishah and Datuk Ahmad Jais will also be making an appearance at the mall this month.
A similar concept is adopted by Suria KLCC. However, the iconic shopping mall turned its centre court area into a kampung-styled environment.
Themed ‘Memories of Raya’ the indoor landscape features coconut trees alongside traditional Malay houses together with a replica of a sampan in a true kampung scene.
“Most of us stay in cities with modern infrastructures and sometimes we tend to forget the days when our forefathers spend their time in the kampung with just basic amenities, yet they still observe Ramadan and celebrate Raya with humility and full of enthusiasm,” said Suria KLCC development marketing and communication senior manager Zurina Hassan.
Throughout Ramadan, shoppers will be entertained with performances such as silat, dondang sayang and traditional dances.
All things look bright and cheerful at the Berjaya Times Square with different shades of green inspired by ketupat, a traditional Malay delicacy.
A structure in a shape of a mosque sits in the middle at the main entrance of the shopping mall surrounded by ceiling high pillars all wrapped in the green.
Themed ‘Kilauan Aidilfitri’ the mall plans to rekindle the tradition and nostalgia of Hari Raya.
Various cultural celebrations such as Gamelan Ritnasari, Musical Strollers, Gambus Quartet, Ghazal Sri Kencana and Gendang Silat.