Check out the Deepavali kolam in the KLIA Ekspres/Transit Arrival area at KL Sentral Station until 31st October. A kolam is a traditional floor decoration made using rice, for festivals and celebrations like Thaipusam and Deepavali. Deepavali, also known as Diwali, Dipavali, Dewali, Deepawali, or the Festival of Lights. The festival is celebrated in areas with a sizeable population of Tamil Hindus from Southern India.
Express Rail Link (ERL) partnered with fashion and lifestyle Lashini.my to produce the beautiful kolam which was unveiled on 22nd October. To kick off the celebrations, a Kuthu Vilakku (traditional Indian lamp) was lit, symbolising the triumph of light over darkness.
Deepavali kolam – best view
Guests enjoyed a lively Dhol (double-sided barrel drum) performance by Dhol Airlines musicians. This followed an Indian classical dance performance by two young dancers from Sri Saraswati Devi Barathalaya Dance School. The event also served as an early taste of the Visit Malaysia 2020 Campaign, for visitors arriving in Kuala Lumpur or passing through the Arrival Foyer.
View the Deepavali kolam from the highest spot available, try the first floor balcony accessible by the lift on the opposite side of the lobby. The kolam, covering more than 1,600 square feet, was drawn using 500kg of broken rice mixed with organic colours. It’s currently the largest freehand Kolam in a public space. Kolam are usually drawn outside the doorstep and ushers in goodness. They symbolise the celebration of life and are a beautiful invitation to welcome all visitors into the home.
The Kolam is on display at KL Sentral until 31st October 2019. You can view the stunning display, pose at the Kolam and tag #deepavali #diwalilights #kliaekspres #VM2020 #VisitMalaysia2020 on social media.