While the Tik-Tok generation is clamouring for instant likes, funny memes, and what the Kardashians are up to this morning, some of our older cultural customs and traditions are slowly declining into obscurity.
Thankfully there is the George Town Heritage Celebrations, an annual festival to commemorate the inscription of George Town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. The weekend extravaganza, which took place from 6 to 8 July 2019, presented various rituals and festivities that are unique to Malaysia such as birth celebrations, funeral rites, as well as the colourful wedding ceremonies of minor ethnic groups including the Eurasian, Gujaratti and Peranakan Chinese.
Peranakan is a term used in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia which refers to a native-born person of mixed local and foreign ancestry. Also known as Baba (male) and Nyonya (female), the Peranakan Chinese in pre-independence Malaya lived in Straits Settlements like Penang and Melaka, and adapted some aspects of the local Malay food, clothing and language into their everyday life.
The travel360.com team had the pleasure of visiting a re-enactment of a traditional Peranakan Chinese wedding during the festival, and it was beautiful. Staying true to their ancestral heritage whilst also incorporating some local elements into the affair, Peranakan weddings are a grandiose affair which typically goes on for 12 days.
Here are some highlights from the event:
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