An Asean cultural festival kicked off on Friday to promote Melayu culture and tradition.
The “Melayu Day @Yala” festival was co-hosted by Consuls General of Malaysia and Indonesia in Songkhla, the Embassy of Brunei, the Yala Provincial Culture Office and Yala Municipality.
Yala Mayor Pongsak Yingchoncharoen said the festival began in 2014 to highlight Melayu culture of Yala. After its debut, the event captured the interest of various sectors, leading to offers to be co-organisers in the following years.
The event, now in its fifth year, features Melayu cultural parades from Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei, a seminar on Melayu language, an elephant parade, a kite-flying competition, a Thai-Malayu speech contest, local cooking demonstrations, and cultural performances from Malaysia and Indonesia to highlight the cultural harmony.
Melayu Day@Yala will take place until Sunday at White Elephant Park, Yala Municipality.