Dazzling display of festive decorations, dance performances and ‘murukku’ giveaways
to welcome airport guests for Deepavali

Malaysia Airports is celebrating the Festival of Lights in true Malaysian style. More commonly known as ‘Diwali’ or ‘Deepavali’, this is one of the major celebrations in the country for Hindus where the festival represents the symbolic victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil.
This year, Deepavali is being heralded with decorations that are both simple and refined at the two terminals of KL International Airport (KLIA) – KLIA Main and klia2. Complementing the dazzling and festive ambience at the airports are a unique and colourful ‘kolam’ – a mandala pattern made from coloured flour and rice grains – which is also known as ‘rangoli’. The kolam consists of various layers and gradient tones that illustrate several dimensions, giving the kolam a unique effect compared to conventional creations.
Festive period set to take off with special kolam installation at KLIA

Find the special kolam installation at the stage area on Level 5 of the Departure Hall, KLIA

The kolams at KLIA Main and klia2 are created by a professional kolam artist who holds the Malaysia Book of Records for the largest kolam ever made in 2009.
Thirty-seven-year-old Mehnaga Mathivanan -- fondly known as Anjali -- used a total of 49 colours over a period of 19 hours to create her unique kolam design that depicts the true meaning of Deepavali. A huge oil lamp, which symbolises goodness, good luck and power takes centre stage at both KLIA Main and klia2.
Malaysia Airports senior general manager for Commercial Services, Nazli Aziz, said: 
“We welcome all airport guests to come view the kolam installation and witness this amazing piece of art. The beauty of Malaysia lies within its culture and tradition as well as the astonishing harmonious environment that we live in. With respect for each other’s cultures, we can open ourselves up to learn more about one another. Creating joyful experiences for travellers and visitors is paramount in what we do at Malaysia Airports.”

Taking centre stage, the kolam installation at klia2 Departure Hall took 19 hours to create

A total of 49 colours were used to achieve this unique kolam creation situated at klia2’s Departure Hall

Apart from the beautiful kolam, travellers and visitors also have the opportunity to immerse themselves further in the cultural experience with captivating Indian dance children performances. These dance performances will be held on 6 November (12.00pm at KLIA Main & 3.00pm at klia2).
As every celebration calls for scrumptious food and delicious snacks, there will also be ‘murukku’ giveaways (crunchy fried twists made from rice and urad dal flour) at the terminals during the dance performances.
Spreading the joy and spirit of Deepavali, Malaysia Airports is also organising a social media contest where airport guests are encouraged to take photos with the Deepavali decorations at KLIA Main and klia2 to win an exclusive Kembara travel bag courtesy of Malaysia Airports.

For more information on MAHB, please visit www.malaysiaairports.com.my


About Malaysia Airports

Malaysia Airports is one of the world’s largest airport operator groups in terms of number of passengers handled. It manages and operates 39 airports in Malaysia and one international airport in Istanbul, Turkey. The 39 airports in Malaysia comprise five international airports, 16 domestic airports and 18 Short Take-Off and Landing Ports (STOLports). Its main airport, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, which also houses klia2, the 4th best terminal serving low-cost carriers (as rated by Skytrax for year 2018) is striving towards being the preferred global aviation hub. The two latest marketing awards won by Malaysia Airports at the prestigious Routes Asia 2018 for the “Overall” and “Over 20 Million Passengers” categories are a testimony to the organisation’s commitment in providing the best connectivity at all its airports. Over the years, Malaysia Airports and its airports have also received numerous other awards that acknowledged its commitment towards excellence in various areas such as service, engagement, corporate responsibility and governance.

Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad is listed on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad (“Bursa Malaysia”)

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