The beautiful world of Malaysian rice art
Malaysia is one of the most diverse nations in the world, as reflected in its ethnic cuisine and cultural heritage. Many Malaysians celebrate the Chinese New Year, observe Ramadan, and take part in Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. What's unique about this festival is one of the rituals, in which grains of rice are painted and meticulously positioned together to create an incredible art piece full of life and color.
Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is an ancient Hindu festival that takes place every year around the end of October. It celebrates the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair. Like many annual festivals, preparations are made long in advance, and if you saw these incredible Diwali rice paintings, you'll know exactly one of the reasons why.
Seen all over Little India, in hotels and shopping malls, these paintings are sure to make you feel the positive energy of the artists, all of whom have spent hours and hours expressing their appreciation for all that's good in life.
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