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Sunday August 12, 2012

Villages shine bright to mark end of Ramadan

KUALA TERENGGANU: Five villages in Tepuh are keeping the tradition of Malam Tujuh Likur (last seven days of Ramadan) alive by lighting up their homes with lamps and they are doing it with style.

The villages of Kampung Padang Hangus, Kampung Baru Tepuh, Kampung Pagar Ubi, Kampung Pondok Lalang and Kampung Lebam Besar are famous for their lamp event because of the creativity put in.

The villagers design replicas of trishaws, archways and even cars made out of recyclable items.

Housewife Zaleha Mohd Amin, 50, from Kampung Padang Hangus, said the lamp decoration was a labour of love she shared with her husband Mat Kassim Mat Isa, 55.

Let there be light: Children enjoying the festive atmosphere amid bright decorations creatively made out of recyclable items and lit up with lamps. Let there be light: Children enjoying the festive atmosphere amid bright decorations creatively made out of recyclable items and lit up with lamps.

“This year we are going with the National Day theme. We used about 700 soft drink cans for the design which took us three days to complete,” she said.

Fellow villager Rostam Naman, 54, decided to surprise his children, who are coming back for Hari Raya, with a replica of his dream vehicle the Toyota Hilux.

His used 500 aluminium cans and 50 coconut shells to make his version of his dream car.

“I don't have money to buy the real thing, this also jadi lah (this will have to do),” he said with a laugh.

Moo-ving
piece:
A villager of
Kampung
Padang Hangus
posing with a lit
up replica of a
‘kereta lembu’
(ox cart). Moo-ving piece: A villager of Kampung Padang Hangus posing with a lit up replica of a ‘kereta lembu’ (ox cart).

Rostam's neighbour Roslim Ismail, 41, considered his design this year a “simple one”, as he used to make replicas of landmarks such as the Penang Bridge and the National monument.

Tepuh assemblyman Ramli Noh said after 10 years of such celebrations, the state government might even include the event in its tourism calendar.

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