Program

You are welcome to join us in any of the events below. You are welcome to bring your friends along.

Congkak

Known as the Southeast Asian Mancala game, congkak is played on long wooden carved boat-shaped boards with holes shaped like cups  by two people. Most variants have two sets of seven holes for each player in addition to two larger holes at the end of each player’s side, commonly known as stores.  However, the number of holes may differ sometimes, ranging from three to nine or more (excluding the stores), and these variants may also co-exist together in one area. As a fun fact, the 10 sen coin in Malaysia depicts a congkak board on the reverse side.

Batik

Malaysian Batik is a traditional textile art found prominently on the east coasts of West Malaysia. It is the process by which  people dye fabric by making use of a resist technique- covering areas of cloth with a dye-resistant substance, wax, to prevent them absorbing colours. A pen-like tool called Canting is used to apply the wax in the batik-making process. Traditional motifs include leaves and flowers and due to the paint used, the textiles are usually very colorful and popular among local residents and tourists alike. It has been worn widely during celebrations or festivities. 

Batu Seremban

Selambut or also known as Batu Seremban or Serembat is a traditional game played in Malaysia. It is commonly played individually or in groups of two to five people. First, items such as rubber seeds, sewn cloth bags filled with saga seeds, pebbles etc. are needed. There are many levels in the game, which players have to complete. For instance, level one requires players to toss the objects into the air and catch one of them before it hits the ground while for level 3, players catch 3 stones on the first toss and one stone on the second toss.

Henna

Henna is a natural substance derived from a shrubby plant with leaves that can produce a reddish brown stain when crushed. It has been used as a hair and skin dye for a very long time in Malaysia. Henna is also used in many traditional ceremonies, for instance the adorn the bride and groom’s hands before a wedding (malam berinai). Furthermore, its growing prominence as a natural and temporary alternative for body art has caused the resurgence of Henna in recent times.

Sepak Yem

Also known as Chapteh, a shuttlecock made out colorful feathers attached to a rubber or plastic base is used as a ball of sorts. The idea of the game is to keep the shuttlecock airborne for as long as possible by kicking it. The winner is the player who manages the most number of kicks.The player starts by kicking the Sepak Yem (usually with the in-step), either with one leg or alternating with both legs. He continues to count each kick until he misses. When he misses, he stops playing and surrenders his turn to the next player, and waits for his turn to come again. 

Kolam

Kolam is a form of drawing that is drawn by using rice flour, chalk, chalk powder or rock powder. It is thought to bring prosperity to homes. However, the origin of Kolam stems from the fact that in the olden days, the rice powder acts as an invitation for birds to come eat it, hence welcoming other beings into one’s dwelling in everyday living. It is sort of a daily tribute to everlasting harmony and co-existence. The Kolam patterns are derived from many sources, including religious motifs and abstract designs which blend together with experimental and contemporary interpretations to create new forms of art. Motifs may include birds, fish and zodiac symbols.