To be honest, that was really fun! I have never seen such happy people of different ages, nationalities, and religions, gathered in one place, forgetting their problems at least for now and having fun kidding around.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! – I heard these words all the time in songs and movies about Christmas, but I, myself, have never celebrated a Christmas, which is 25 of December. In Kazakhstan, we are all usually looking forward to New Year, that moment, when the whole family gather round the festive table and then through the annual scheme: tasty dishes, New Year songs, TV, champagne …
When I came in Kuala Lumpur I realized that it was the place, where I will definitely see how people celebrate this mysterious holiday and even will take part in it. Of course, I was missing the snow, Christmas trees and that breath misting, but none of these did not stop me from celebration of Christmas Asian style. I do felt that marvelous Christmas mood, the same thing that was shown in American movies.
In my case, my colleagues and I went to one of the central streets of the city (Bukit Bintang), where a surprise was waiting for us. It was almost 11 PM when lots of people gather on this street, with the fake snow spray cans, which they bought here or beforehand. I knew what was going to happen at Christmas night, but couldn’t believe my eyes. 11.30 pm, Bukit Bintang Street, Kuala Lumpur, 1000+ people with spray cans, literally going crazy. They were spraying fake snow not simply in the air, but on everyone around. To be honest, that was really fun! I have never seen such happy people of different ages, nationalities, and religions, gathered in one place, forgetting their problems at least for now and having fun kidding around.
I like such holidays. Divali and Holi in India; Christmas and Chinese New Year in Malaysia; Nauryz and Maslenitsa in Kazakhstan, and many other holidays, which make me happier, which has it’s own history, and which we, unfortunately, forget little by little, which are the appear to be an occasion for gathering together the whole family, friends and wish all the best to each other.
And along with the peal of bells, I wish each person and each family to have lots of such great, kind, and magic moments and occasions in upcoming New Year.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!