Dazzling Deepavali festivities

The majestic elephant draped in marigold garlands, is the centerpiece of Gurney.

LET the dazzling lights of Deepavali light up your hearts this festive season at Gurney Plaza.

The mall in Penang has a spectacular celebration lined up and visitors of all ages are bound to take away plentiful memories.

Be sure to check out the gorgeous display at the Center Atrium - with a 2.45m high elephant draped with marigold garlands standing tall amidst a sea of kaleidoscopic colours, floral embellishments, flickering lamps and intricate motifs inspired by the feathers of peacocks.

Shades of purple, yellow, orange and green make for a vibrant and welcoming ambience, beckoning visitors to capture memorable snapshots that will perk up any social media feed.

Be sure to check out the stunning kolam at the heart of the display, as well as the graceful peacocks perched at entrances. The much-loved birds represent good luck and prosperity.

Hanging lavenders add a final touch, making the scene a true feast for the eyes - as well as a splendid testament to Malaysia's rich cultural heritage.

Enchanting performances

But there is even more to look forward to. There are several Indian traditional performances lined up.

Delivered by The Temple of Fine Arts on weekends, these will further immerse one in the traditions of Deepavali, otherwise known as Diwali or the Festival of Lights. Two of these took place last weekend.

Dancers striking a pose while performing the Bharatanatyam Dance on Oct 28.Dancers striking a pose while performing the Bharatanatyam Dance on Oct 28.

On Oct 28, crowds were beguiled by the Bharatanatyam Dance, a classical dance form which is considered to be the oldest dance form in India.

Originated by temple dancers in Tamil Nadu, it eventually flourished across Southern India. The name comprises two separate words, 'Bharata' which is a portmanteau of 'bhava', 'raga' and 'tala' which mean emotions, melody and rhythm respectively. 'Natyam' is Sanskit for dance.

On Oct 29, there was a Sitar and Tabla recital by a four-member ensemble. Its captivating chords and beats attracted shoppers old and young alike.

If you missed those, mark your calendars for Nov 5 at 2pm as there will be a Traditional Peacock Dance.

This is characterised by soft and elegant body movements to represent the gracefulness of the bird, interspersed by prompt leg and eye movements as a nod to its agility.

Rewarding redemptions

Gurney Plaza has also prepared several redemption programmes for shoppers.

Those eager to get their hands on exclusive Deepavali packets better act fast, as they were available from Oct 28 and are being snapped up like hotcakes. Minimum spending of RM200 is required for one to redeem two packs.

Gurney Plaza's exclusive Deepavali packets are a hot redemption item.Gurney Plaza's exclusive Deepavali packets are a hot redemption item.

From Nov 1 onwards, those spending RM650 and above will be entitled to redeem a 30ml Aveda Nutriplenish Leave-In Conditioner.

On Nov 4, between 2pm and 6pm, there is Henna Painting Redemption. Spend RM200 or more to be eligible to get your hands painted with beautiful Henna art.

All redemptions are valid only while stocks last, must be made at the information counter at the Ground Floor and is limited to one per shopper per day.

Spending amounts must be in a maximum of two combined same-day receipts. Other terms and conditions may apply.

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