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Awal Muharram

Stage

The main stage set up in front of the Masjid

The first day of the Islamic New Year is a national holiday in Malaysia, but it usually passes unremarked. This year, the State Mosque decided to host a day of activities on the grounds around the mosque. It was grand: there was a marathon, sports competitions, a bazaar, a stage with silat, traditional dance and nasheed presentations, a portable planetarium-in-a-tent, and of course food food food.  The highlight for my children was the exotic animal tent, where a pet store had pythons, horned lizards, skinks and lemurs on display … or on your shoulders!

Off-duty dancers flash Naruto moves

Off-duty dancers flash Naruto moves

Courtly cultural displays require a dignitary, who is never hard to find

Courtly cultural displays require a dignitary, who is never hard to find

The masjid veranda offered a cooler place to rest

The masjid veranda offered a cooler place to rest

Skinks: pets or food?

Skinks: pets or food?

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