Sunday, April 12, 2015

Vaisakhi Festival To Be Listed In Malaysia's Tourism Calendar

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KUALA LUMPUR, April 11 (Bernama) -- The Vaisakhi Festival will be listed in Malaysia's tourism calendar to promote the rich culture and heritage diversity to put Malaysia on the map as a must visit destination.

Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said the festival with amazing music, wonderful performance, exuberance and delectable cuisine would attract more tourist to visit Malaysia.

"Our multi culturalism has made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise and home to hundreds of colourful festivals.

"I sincerely believe our warmth and hospitality is unparalleled and we do it in our truly unique Malaysian way," he said during his speech at the official launch of the Festival Vaisakhi 1Malaysia (MyViasakhiFest2015), here Saturday.

For the first time, the MyViasakhiFest2015 was organised by the Tourism and Culture Ministry and Malaysian Punjabi Chambers of Commerce and Industries to allow tourist to experience this colorful and vibrant festival.

Vaisakhi festival also known as Baisakhi celebrated by Punjabi-Sikhs marks the birth of the 'Khalsa' also known as the Harvest Festival that falls on April 14 of every year.

Although Vaisakhi is not a public holiday in Malaysia, nevertheless Sikhs civil servants are allowed to be take unrecorded leave as stipulated in the Public Services Department circular.

MyVaisakhiFest, a three day festival began yesterday, takes place at the Malaysia Tourist Centre (Matic) is packed with a host of activities to recreate the festival of 'renewal and rebirth' and showcase the hospitality of the Sikhs.

"We have artistes flown in from Punjab, India for this event, and they will be accompanied by talented Bhangra dancers and singers also from Malaysia who will mesmerise you with their energetic acts," Mohamed Nazri added.

-bernama.

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