Happy Deepavali!屠妖节快乐

October brings with it a festive celebrated by all Malaysians. Deepavali is here!

I have lots of Indian friends, many of them I’ve known for more than a decade. They are hardworking, humble, religious, and friendly.

Malaysian Indians are special. Their ancestors settled in Malaysia, working on rubber plantations, barbershops, or grocery stores. When I was young, I often cycled to these Indian grocers to help my mum with groceries. The shop owner was this friendly and hardworking man with pearly white teeth—till today I remember how warm and helpful he was.

This year, I received many open house invitations as usual. Many of them are from old friends who have been out of touch for years, so getting an invitation is a pleasant surprise. I guess it only goes to show that interracial friendships can work just as well as any other friendship. As long as we treat each other sincerely and embrace our differences, it is not difficult at all to for us all to get along.

This festival of lights, I want to wish all my Indian friends—Happy Deepavali!

十月有一个大马人普天同庆的大日子,那就是屠妖节又来临了!

我有许多印度朋友,当中更有相交十多年的好友。印度朋友勤奋又谦和,拥有虔诚的宗教信仰,他们热爱交友,对人友善。

大马的印度人非常具有特色,祖先南来大马定居,从事割橡胶工作丶理发店或是经营小本杂货店。小时候常常骑脚踏车帮妈妈到印度杂货店买杂货,哪位有着一口白牙的印度叔叔是我对印度同胞的第一印象,亲切又勤劳。

在长大一点,知道印度朋友对宗教非常虔诚,提起信仰时,脸上柔和的线条总是叫人动容,而且他们喜爱热闹,一年之间总有好多节庆庆祝,他们做open house时候,常邀请我去同欢,吃饭聚会聊天。

今年的屠妖节也不例外,我收到了好多印度朋友的邀请出席他们的屠妖节聚餐,当中还有一些是许久未联络的老朋友,对於他们还记得要发请柬给我这件事,我惊讶又感动。其实啊,异族之间的友谊也可以细水长流,只要我们以心待人,包容彼此的差异,异族之间和谐共处不是一件艰辛的事。

在这个佳节喜庆日,我在此祝贺各界的印度朋友们,屠妖节快乐,Happy Deepavali!