Christmas in the mountains of Sarawak

By Carolyn Hong

December 2015 FOOTPRINTS
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Golden fields of Ba Kelalan.
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The small villages of Ba Kelalan in Sarawak celebrate Christmas the rustic way, and with a real tree!Shopping malls nowadays may be decorating for Christmas as early in the year as possible, but they are not alone in their enthusiasm! Christmas also comes very early to the countryside in Sarawak, but thankfully not in a commercialised deck-the-halls manner.In the villages of Ba Kelalan in northern Sarawak, Christmas is a time set aside for reflection, and is dedicated to family and...

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Carolyn Hong

lives in Ba Kelalan sometimes, in KL sometimes. A former journalist who once chased the big stories for a regional newspaper, she now hunts for the small stories in Malaysia’s smallest places.


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