The best way to experience Malaysian hospitality is to attend Open Houses during major festivals in Malaysia such as Hari Raya Puasa (Eid ul-Fitr), Chinese New Year, Deepavali, Christmas, Gawai Festival and Ka’amatan Festival. Open House helps foster closer ties among the visitors and organisers regardless of their race and background. It is a unique concept of Malaysia which reflects the generousity, warmth and hospitality of Malaysians. Tourists will be able to understand the lifestyle and culture of the diverse ethnic groups and how they can live together in harmony.
At the Open Houses, tourists will be treated with sumptuous Malaysian cuisines of the particular community. For instance, for Hari Raya, they can enjoy satay, lemang, ketupat and Raya cookies while for Chinese New Year (CNY), they will be treated to CNY cookies as well as given red packet (ang pow) containing money or well wishes from the host. During their visit to these Open Houses, tourists can trade stories and experiences with other guests and make new friends. So the next time you visit Malaysia, remember to attend the Open House.
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