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The Beauty of a Baba Nyonya Wedding in Photos

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…

Nine Emperor Gods Festival, Penang, Malaysia

Every year on the ninth month in the lunar calendar, devotees revel in age-old traditions to appease the spirits of the Nine Emperor Gods in Taoism. Known as Kew Ong Yeah in the Hokkien dialect, the Nine Emperor Gods Festival is an ancient Taoist tradition celebrated by Chinese…

Resurrecting the Past

A horse-drawn carruaje (carriage) rumbled along a leafy side street while two giggling girls in flouncy red dresses sauntered across the sun-dappled cobblestone plaza. Towering over them were several colonial mansions that seemed from a different era entirely. I felt as though I’d stepped into a wrinkled sepia…

Sacred Ink

The longhouse was enveloped in darkness. The howls of a dog pierced the still of the night and sent a shiver down my spine. Seated cross-legged on a mat, I listened with rapt attention to the tuai rumah (headman) as he recounted tales of courage and daring –…

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