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    Portuguese Eurasian Community

    by SLLiew Updated Aug 28, 2007

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    We visited the Portuguese Eurasian community fishing village in Melaka at Ujong Pasir. Unfortunately, the shoreline was reclaimed for expansion of Melaka town.

    Still on festive occasions like Fiesta de Pedro (June 29) and Christmas , you will see the gatherings of Portuguese Eurasian with their traditonal costume, dances and music.

    Many Malaysians with last names like DeSouza, De Witt, have Portuguese Eurasian bloodline.

    Several famous local dishes have strong Portuguese influence. Head for the Portuguese Square where there shops, restaurants and performances on Saturday.

    There are many Malay words that are originated from Portuguese.
    almari (armário) = cupboard
    bangku (banco) = stool
    bendera (bandeira) = flag
    bomba (bomba) = fire brigade
    boneka (boneka) = doll
    garfu (garfo) = fork
    gereja (igreja) = church
    kereta (carreta) = carriage, car
    meja(mesa) = desk
    pesta (festa) = festival
    sekolah (escola) = school
    sepatu (sapato) = shoes
    tuala (toalha) = towel
    tukar (trocar) = exchange

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    Additional State Holidays - Melaka

    by SLLiew Updated Jan 16, 2007

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    The last Melaka Sultan went into exile after the Portuguese overtook Melaka in 1511. There has been official recognition of any descendant to the throne.

    The State Governor is appointed to serve as Head of State.

    15 April 2007 Sunday
    Declaration Day of Malacca as A Historical City Malacca

    13 September 2007 Saturday
    First Ramadhan
    (Johor, Kedah, Malacca only)

    13 October 2007 Saturday
    Birthday of Malacca State Governor

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