Culture Malacca began more than six centuries in which various ethnic customs and traditions blended perfectly. Peaceful life of the people of Melaka races due to the life that gave birth to the Malay, Chinese, Indian, Baba and Nyonya, Portuguese, Chitty and Eurasia. Each ethnic group gives a different taste of the famous people of Melaka as a friendly people.
Each of these races uphold their tradition and this is reflected in the food, religious customs, festivals, culture, design, application, jewelery and handicrafts.
Today Melaka has many things to offer to tourists such as culture, customs istiadar, historic sites, religious festivals, traditional celebrations in the city as well and Jasin.
Malay social organizations in Melaka is divided into two, namely those customary Temenggong the family of the wife by the husband and customs Perpatih, where the husband by the wife's family.
Malay women wear loose clothing and long sleeves called baju and sarong worn with little or tight clothes baju kebaya. Malay Male Malay dress worn with loose pants with a cloth known as well as tied at the waist. For weddings and feasts, songket cloth to be used as well. Traditions and other characters of the Malays as illustrated in the song Love Dondang Malay martial arts such as Silat Melayu.
The Chinese came to Malacca since the mass migration of Chinese from South province in central China. Communities such as Hokkien, Cantonese, Hakka, Teochew and Hainanese still follow customs, traditions, food, language and their cultural characteristics.
Indians in Melaka are the Tamils of South India where they inhabit the rubber. However, there are also among those who work in the business of jewelry, fabrics, retailers, merchants and money-lenders.
Baba and Nyonya Peranakan Chinese in Malacca is where their ancestors came and married local women. Such intermarriage has produced a unique Chinese culture and Malay traditions.
Baba and Nyonya ethnic introduced unique furniture, porcelain and crockery, style and delicious food that can only be found in Malacca. Nyonya race wore kebaya with "brooches" various forms and jewelry made from silver or gold.
As well as Baba and Nyonya, Melaka has a small community called Chitty of people of Indian origin procreation or children of Indian traders who married Malay women. Village known as Kampung Chitty and is located towards the west Maman Elephant Road, one mile northwest of Chinatown. The entrance to the village is adorned with carved elephants Mutamariman adjacent to the temple. Like Kampung Morten, it is a beautiful area to visit and see the village houses are characterized by Malay villages. The best time to visit is during Mariamman Festival or Festival Mayor Char-char in May. It is a Hindu festival where you may have the opportunity to witness the Indian wedding ceremony.
Malacca is the only state that has a Portuguese settlement founded in 1930. The inhabitants of this place named Sua Chang Padre (Father Land) in conjunction with its founder. People living here are Eurasian of Portuguese descent living as fishermen. The Portuguese Catholic religious practice and speak Cristang or Cristao.
Ethnic Portuguese in Malacca provides traditional life, language, customs and music that appears unique. The most popular dance is Beranyo and Frapeirra. Christians also celebrate festivals with great including Christmas Day and Easter Festival San Pedra.
Religious places that can be visited include the Church of Christ, Church of St. Paul, Vinayagar Moorthi Temple Sri Poyyatha, Kampung Kling Mosque, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, Mosque, Church St. Peter, Sam Poh Kong Temple and the Lamb.
Source : www.melaka.gov.my