Saturday, October 02, 2010
Living In Malaysia: Yellow is a Royal Colour
Today the cats and dogs of the bloggosphers are celebrating LIVE Day that will hopefully raise awareness and funds for the fight against cancer.
The group behind it is Livestrong. If you live in Malaysia, check out the National Cancer Society.
Livestrong has lots of info on their web site so if you're surfing for helpful info, start there. The National Cancer Society's web site is less useful but do pick up the phone and give them a ring. They're great people, and very supportive. Plus, you don't need to give your name if you're shy.
Livestrong has chosen yellow as their colour, which is interesting as yellow is a royal colour in Malaysia and has special cultural significance.
Malaysia has 13 states, 9 of which are headed by hereditary Sultans. The Sultans elect one of their members to be Agong, King of Malaysia. These appointments run for 5 years.
While the post is elected, in practice the royal houses take it in turn. The current Agong is Mizan Zainal Abidin, the Sultan of Terengganu.
Other heads of state that are elected include The Pope, and the royals of Cambodia. In the movies there's Star Wars queen Padmé Amidala.
Yellow is a royal colour in Malaysia, so if one of the Sultans happens to invite you to an official party, you can't wear yellow clothes. However, you can wear yellow any other time you like.
Yellow is popular here because Malaysians tend to look good in it, especially if they have darker skin tones. I avoid it like the plague because with my skin and hair it makes me look like a banana.
If you are a cat or dog and want to take part in this day, check out zoolatry blog, and Milocat blog.