Open House Tradition

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OPEN HOUSE TRADITION – A Unique Malaysian Experience

Celebrate life in multi-racial, multi-religious Malaysia, where there is an astonishing array of cultural observances. More than just ritual and traditions, they are a way of life mutually respected by all. The open house or rumah terbuka tradition is unique to Malaysia. Open houses are usually held during major festivals and celebrations like Han Raya Aidilfitri, Chinese New Year, Gawai, Christmas and Deepavali. During open houses, Malaysians literally open their doors and welcome friends, relatives and even strangers into their homes to celebrate the festivities together. Even tourists who happen to be in the country at the time of the functions join in the fun too.

Gawai Dayak

Such gatherings foster goodwill and provide the opportunity to renew social ties in a convivial mood with the host usually feting their guests to a generous spread of food and drinks. Indeed, the tradition of the open house is something to be admired and emulated. It has been replicated by the government at the notional-level celebration of all major festivals. Large-scale open houses like those organised by political figures are announced in the moss media and held at public venues. Visitors attending these open houses hove the chance to meet the country’s leaders and enjoy local delicacies. Many a time, these festivals coincide and are celebrated together with great joy.

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