People

To understand Malaysian culture, you must first get to know its people.

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About Malaysia

Malaysia is a multi-cultural society. It is a federal constitutional monarchy located in Southeast Asia. It consists of thirteen states and three federal territories. Find out more about Malaysia and much more here.

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Malaysian History

Content covering history from the early Malay people, the traders who came, the sultanate of Malacca and to the colonization by European powers to independence. Find out more about Malaysian history and much more here.

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Malaysian Festivals

Malaysia has a number of festivals and celebrations, most of which are either religious or cultural in origin, and are swathed in traditions and rituals.

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Pastimes & Martial Arts

Malaysians’ strong sense of community is reflected in many of their traditional games and pastimes. These activities are still played by local children on cool afternoons and are also a communal activity during festivities such as before or after the rice harvest season and weddings.

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Malaysian Cuisines

Malaysia’s culinary style is a melange of traditions from its Malay, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian and ethnic Bornean peoples, with some colonial influences. The result is a symphony of flavours, colours and textures.

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Traditional Attire

From magnificent tribal head-feathers with bark body-covers to antique gold-woven royal songket fabric, the array of Malaysia’s traditional costumes and textiles are stunningly diverse and colorful.

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Music & Dance

Malaysia’s multi-cultural and multi-racial heritage is most prominently exhibited in its diverse music and dance forms. The dances of the indigenous Malay, Orang Asli and different ethnic peoples of Sabah and Sarawak are truly exotic and enchanting. As the Chinese, Indians and Portuguese settled in Malaysia, the traditional dances of their homelands became a part of Malaysia’s culture and heritage.

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Handicrafts

Malaysia boasts a delightful variety of traditional handicrafts. Choices range from priceless authentic antiques to exquisite modern hand-made crafts. As most artisans are Muslims, Malaysian handicraft designs are heavily influenced by Islam. The religion prohibits the depiction of the human form in art. Hence, most designs are based on natural elements such as the interlacing of leaves or vines, flowers and animals.

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Literature, Cinema & Storytelling

Arts and music have a long tradition in Malaysia. Find out more about our local stories, oral literature, movies and much more here.

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Architectures

Malaysia is a multi racial country with its population consisting of the predominantly Malay population with the Chinese, Indian and other ethnical groups. Consequently, the architectural development of Malaysia is also influenced by these various cultures and styles.

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Overview of Malaysian Culture

Malaysia is a melting pot of race, religion and cultures. Malaysia has a multi-ethnic, multicultural, and multilingual society. Here you find contents related to the the various religions, customs and way of life of the different ethnicities found here in Malaysia.

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