Vaisakhi exhibition on Punjabi history, heritage and culture in Kuala Lumpur

| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 17 April 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Rashidi (right) holds up a traditional Sikh musical instrument as Daljit Singh looks on. - PHOTO / THE STAR
Rashidi (right) holds up a traditional Sikh musical instrument as Daljit Singh looks on. – PHOTO / THE STAR

An exhibition on Punjabi history, heritage and culture is now going on in Kuala Lumpur until 30 April as Sikhs celebrate Vaisakh.

Organised by the Malaysian Punjabi Chambers of Commerce and Industries (MPCCI), Prime Minister Najib Razak is expected to attend the event at Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTIC) in Jalan Ampang on 23 April.

The event is also set to  break the Malaysia Book of Records by making 2,000 chappatis, reports The Star.

Some 4,000 guests are expected to turn up at the 1Malaysia Vaisakhi Open House on April 23. Deputy Prime Minister Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is also expected to attend.

Tourism and Culture Ministry deputy secretary-general (tourism) Rashidi Hasbullah, who visited the exhibition recently, was quoted by the newspaper as saying: “We are looking to include the open house in the tourism calendar of events and encourage tourists to join in this celebration.”

The exhibition is being held between 10am and 9pm from now until April 30. It  includes pictures of old gurdwara, musical instruments and items used for weddings, among others

MPCCI president Datuk Daljit Singh Dhaliwal said at the 1Malaysia Vaisakhi open house, chapatti and other authentic Punjabi cuisine will be served to guests and VIPs free of charge.

Aside from dances and cultural shows, there will also be inflatables, go-kart rides, sand art, bull rides, game stalls, turban-tying booth and henna art.

“This is the second year we are holding this event on a grand scale. I hope that people from other races will join us in our celebration.

“The Sikh community comprises 2% of the world population and has existed since the 16th century.

“We want to showcase our culture, tradition and history so the younger generation can learn about where they come from and embrace their culture,” he told the newspaper.

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