Christmas a time to bond with family and friends

  • Nation
  • Monday, 23 Dec 2019

A Christmas tree is pictured in front of the the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 9,2019. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng

KUALA LUMPUR: For many people, the Yuletide season is not just about celebration but the opportunity to spend some quality time with their loved ones as well.

Despite coming from a background of different races and religions, Malaysians are looking forward to the festive season with many taking a break with their families and friends during the Christmas holidays to usher in the new year.

For Nur Syafiqah Azman, 23, the holiday season is a time to bask in the warmth of family and friendship.

“Even though I do not celebrate Christmas, I still take this opportunity to celebrate my holidays with my loved ones.

“It is not just about giving gifts, singing classic carols, lights and decorations, but how you spend quality time with your family and friends, ” she added.

This year, tourist Suzanne Brooke, 33, and her family will be celebrating their Christmas in Kuala Lumpur, some 15,000km from their home in the United States.

“We are here because my sister just got married to a Malaysian a few days ago.

“So, since they got married here, we thought why not stay here until after Christmas. We’ve never been to Malaysia but I heard a lot of good things from our friends who have been here.

“Malaysia is the perfect country for us to celebrate. The people are warm and I love the weather!

“I’m looking forward to going to other parts of Malaysia soon.

“This holiday is the bonding season with my family and my brother in-law’s family, ” she added.

Christmas trees and other decorations are up in many of the tourist spots and malls in the city.

Among them are Jalan Bukit Bintang and the Petronas Twin Towers, where tourists and locals could be seen snapping their holiday photos. — Bernama

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