Tis the season of giving! But us Malaysians have a more practical gift exchange by giving out ang paos instead and receivers can buy themselves anything they want with the money. Who wouldn’t want extra cash as a present?
Having satay instead of roast turkey for parties
Who needs turkey when you’ve got fresh sticks of unlimited satay from the BBQ pit? Nothing says festive like an endless supply of food to keep your guests happy.
Lights and decor: USA vs. Malaysia
In many parts of the world, neighbouring houses compete to see which reigns supreme for having the best christmas decor in the street. In Malaysia however, instead of dazzling up houses, major malls around the city make headlines every year for its intricate interior that is sure to enlighten the christmas spirit.
Other places: artisanal cheese spread. Malaysia: kuih spread
Cheese spreads are often seen in many christmas gatherings. But we Malaysians like colours on a plate and what better than to have an assortment of yummy kuih. Pleasing to the eyes and the palette, the colours of kuih make it a more joyous occasion.
Christmas carolling vs. Mariah Carey on every radio station
In countries where Christmas is heavily celebrated, you’d come across groups of people going door-to-door, or even in any public spaces for Christmas carolling. This happens very rarely in Malaysia, but one thing that’s for sure to happen, is that it’s impossible to miss Mariah Carey’s famous christmas album on every radio station and every mall.
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