You know it’s coming close to Deepavali when Brickfields gets busy, the scent of jasmine flowers fills the air, and you start seeing the different types of giant colourful kolam popping up in malls, offices and hotels in the Klang Valley. Check them out over the next few days!
Dubbed the ‘Unity Kolam’, this kolam that measures over 7.5m in diameter was made by over 100 Limkokwing University of Creative Technology from 18 countries, including Saudi Arabia, China, Maldives, Pakistan, Venezuela, Morocco and Brazil. The kolam also acts as the backdrop for special Deepavali dance performances taking place at 3pm on October 14, 15, 18, 21 & 22.
It’s impossible to miss the giant peacock that overlooks the kolam near Suria KLCC’s park entrance. To celebrate the festival, the mall is offering shoppers a chance to win a pair of Malaysia Airlines Business Class flight tickets to New Delhi, India with every RM600 spent.
This impressive 100ft-long kolam located on the G Walkway of Paradigm Mall is the work of Ruben Prakash, director of S4SKY Rangoli Kolam. Apart from the impressive kolam, the mall is also organising kolam workshops and complimentary henna sessions every weekend until October 22.
Another creation of Ruben Prakash, this kolam located on the West Gate Entrance is a dazzling peacock-inspired work. Aside from the kolam, Publika is also holding its Deepavali Bazaar until October 15, which features a variety of handmade Deepavali gifts as well as creative art workshops, cooking demos and more.
This chain of seven pieces adorns the ground floor of Mid Valley, and is also where passers-by can catch special sitar performances at 3pm on October 14 and 18, with an additional 6.30pm performance on October 18.
Located at the Arrival Hall, this kolam greeting travellers measures an impressive 19.5 metres long and three metres wide. As part of the celebrations, the Malaysian Buskers Club will be performing to popular Deepavali tunes until October 15 from 3pm to 7pm in front of Sunglass Hut, Level 2.
We know this one is out of the Klang Valley, but we couldn’t have a kolam list without mentioning the massive specimen at the Golden Sands Resort in Penang. The work of over 100 volunteers who toiled over ten consecutive days to make, this exhibit entered the Malaysia Book of Records as the country’s largest floating kolam. The peacock and lotus kolam measures 6,867 sq ft, and made with 87 bags of dry coconut flakes, 37.9kg of sticker glue and 5,000 bulbs of fresh pompom chrysanthemums.