A traditional oil lamp made purely of clay was unveiled at Ayer Keroh Height for the inaugural Deepavali Wonderland celebration. The one metre oil lamp with a diameter of 1.5m, complete with a giant wick braided by Indian dhotis, is expected to be a crowd-puller.
It is expected to clinch the title of the tallest of its kind in the country and be noted in the Malaysia Book of Records. Organising Chairman Gobee Achudan said it took 10 days to complete the oil lamp. He said the giant oil lamp weighed about one tonne and was transported to the site yesterday evening using a sky lift.
The three-day carnival, he said, was meant for people from all walks of life. Gobee said the event, apart from showcasing cultural dances, food and music, would also feature multi-ethnic performances. There would also be activities for children, he added.“We are planning to turn the event into a tourist attraction,” he said.
Deepavali is a huge festival among the Hindu community across the world. In Malaysia also it is celebrated grandly as a public function and features various cultural activities to showcase the talent of the local people and also get people from other communities to get a glimpse of the festival.