We arrived in Penang, Malaysia just in time for the George Town Heritage Celebration, which is geared toward honoring the unique multicultural charms of this heritage rich city. This years event was themed “Living Legacies”. A number of events, open houses, displays, and markets were set up to showcase traditional cuisine and crafts that have been lovingly practiced and passed down through generations.
Malaysia being a Muslim country and us not having much familiarity with that rich tradition, we decided to attend an open house at the Lebuh Acheh Interpretation Center to view a gallery and a demonstration devoted to Islamic Calligraphy.
Islamic calligraphy is strongly tied to the Qur’an and the pieces that we viewed were excerpts of chapters or prayers. We learned an interesting bit of information: many Muslim Malaysians write in Arabic script, but they are spelling out Malay words rather than Arabic.
Our son had his name written in Arabic script. You can see Ethan’s name written on the bookmark. We tried our hand at calligraphy and purchased a bamboo pen and some ink for Ethan.
Lebuh Acheh Intepretation Centre
Address: 83, Lebuh Acheh, George Town, Penang