Last night, we were treated to an extraordinary celebration in the city of Putrajaya. It was the annual “Colours of Malaysia” spectaclur, where the Malays celebate their rich heritage and cluture. To make a long story shot, here is the basic history of Malasia.
– First an Indian prince showed up a few hundred years ago.
– Then a Chinese guy who happened to by Muslim showed up next.
– Then the Portuguese
– Then the Dutch
– Finally the British in the mid-eighteen hundreds
– Then they became their own country 50 years ago.
In Malaysia, there are four religious groups that practice in harmony (imagine that!). The Muslims (majority), the Hindus, the Buddhists, and the Christians.
It is amazing seeing a whole society respecting and honoring others’ religions so positively. Us Americans can really learn for this harmony. I have to say that I was very surprised by this peace and acceptance. When I first was invited to Malaysia I was a bit apprehensive. I knew that it was a Muslim country and I really did not understand the culture. At first, I had visions of women walking around in burkas and NO BARS. The NO BARS scared me. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Malaysians love socializing and drinking is no big deal (but as I mentioned, alcohol is a bit pricy). Malaysia is one of the most accepting countries I have ever visited. It is nothing like the prejudices and fears that I held.
This, my Divas, is an example of how travel changes us. Through this trip, I learned about a country and culture that is so different than my expectations.