Deepa Raya – Scenes from Little India, Penang

We went to Little India yesterday because my husband wanted to buy dates by the cartons. I love visiting Little India because the atmosphere is really errr…India.


These banners were everywhere and added to the atmosphere. Deepavali and Hari Raya are coming and going to be celebrated within a day next to each other.

Deepavali is the festival of lights celebrated by the Hindus. (Some fact : Please note that not all Indians celebrate Deepavali. Only Indians who are Hindus celebrate Deepavali. Indians who are Christians or Muslims do NOT celebrate Deepavali.)

Hari Raya or Aidil Fitri is celebrated by Muslims all over the world. Malaysia being a multi-racial country celebrates Hari Raya and Deepavali on a grand scale.


Little India has shops operated by Indian Muslims and Indians who are Hindus (sorry for the very confusing racial/religion clarification, need to do it to explain the different celebrations) and therefore, has the Raya and Deepavali atmosphere everywhere.

They sells lots and lots of dates for Ramadhan. A lot of Muslims were shopping for spices and baking stuffs. At the same time, Hindus are shopping for new clothes.


I am very tempted to get one of these salwar kameezs which are so colourful. BTW, salwar kameezs are Punjabi suits which is the traditional costumes of the Sikhs. It costs about RM200 per suit. Should I? Hmm…it certainly can hide some flabs here and there. Plus the colours are really nice.

4 Replies to “Deepa Raya – Scenes from Little India, Penang”

  1. Lilian, do buy a salwar kameez, I used to wear them and they are pretty nice and very comfy. You can wear it to visit friends during Deepavali. Thanks for reminding me to visit the bazaars at Little India and Brickfields.

  2. i think i’m going to brickfields again this year armed wid my camera! lilian, do get one and look around ok cos some costed less than rm150.

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