Friday, July 3, 2009

A Double Cultural Event - BCF & National Chinese Cultural Festival

The grand stage. Photo: Meng Lei
A scene with jostling crowds. Photo: Meng Lei

Sibu is ushering in two cultural events of promunence - the 8th Borneo Cultural Festival and the 26th National Chinese Cultural Festival ( or Pesta Kebudayaan Tionghua Ke-26 in our national language).

The twinning of the two has made Sibu a bustling town with a lot of outside guests coming in to partake of the grand events. The Foochow town is instantly submerged in a sea of cultural atmosphere.

I was very much moved by the colourful cultural extravaganza. The blend truly fasters our appreciation for the richly diverse culture in Malaysia. In essence, this promotes harmony in our multi-racial society where tolerance and understanding are crucial.

I took about one hour to make a round in Sibu Town Square where BCF and NCCF are held back to back.

There was this impression that the crowd this time was less than the previous year. Could the A(H1N1) influenza outbreak have held back some?

Maybe my mind is too preoccupied with the disease!
Thank you, Meng Lei, for the photos.

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