KUALA LUMPUR Â– His Majesty the King of Malaysia will officially launch Visit Malaysia
Year’s Colors of Malaysia celebration this May 26 at Dataran Putrajaya. This year’s
theme Â– Millions of Colors, Millions of Smiles Â– reflects the joy and splendor of the
annual event, especially in light of Malaysia’s 50th year of anniversary.
Colors of Malaysia will kick off in style and pomp later this month with food promotions,
craft exhibitions and cultural shows. These events will be featured at various hotels,
shopping malls and prominent tourist spots around the Klang Valley from May 26 to June
The event launch will break into five parts: pre-show, launch, cultural performances,
finale and departure of the royal entourage. The pre-show begins with cultural dance
groups performing along the parade route, a fashion show celebrating Malaysian
designers and a Bicycle Ballet show.
After the royal couple arrives and the Minister of Tourism and the Prime Minister of
Malaysia deliver their speeches, His Majesty the King will officially launch Colors of
Malaysia 2007. The evening will showcase Malaysia’s multi-cultural history and heritage
through drum performances and dance, ranging from the traditional Orang Asli masked
dance to the Sarawak warrior dance. Finally, the conclusion of the program will feature
a brilliant display of lights, pyrotechnics and songs before the royal entourage departs
from the festivities.
The Colors of Malaysia is also a celebration of the “Flavors of Malaysia,” which spotlights
the country’s delectable selection of cuisine. Hotels, tourist attractions and shopping
malls are coordinating to organize food and culture promotions sure to indulge any
visitor’s palate. Most events will give travelers a delicious chance to sample authentic
food of the Malaysian states while enjoying folk dances and cultural performances.
May’s cultural events don’t stop here Â– the month is also home to the Tadau Kaamtan
(Harvest Festival) in Malaysian Borneo’s Sabah state. The festival is celebrated by the
KadazanDusun and Murut communities, the largest ethnic group in Sabah. It is an annual
thanksgiving commemorating each year’s bountiful rice harvest.
For more information on these events, or to learn how to join in the Visit Malaysia Year
2007 celebration, please visit www.tourismmalaysiausa.com or www.tourism.gov.my.