Photo blog: Batu Caves hosts MIC Deepavali open house

The Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) held its Deepavali open house at the Batu Caves temple grounds recently.

It was the first time the political party had held its annual bash there, and marks a change from previous years, when the MIC open house was held at the Putra World Trade Centre, in middle of Kuala Lumpur.

The event attracted a large multi-racial crowd who mingled like old friends while enjoying the abundant food, to the accompaniment of traditional Indian music performed live.

Below is a selection of photos that captures the spirit of the occasion at that most iconic of locations, Batu Caves.

The estimated 10,000 people beneath the capacious tent at the MIC Deepavali open house held at the Batu Caves temple grounds
The hosts and hostess with the mostest: MIC president G Palanivel (second from left) and his wife
Distribution of "ang pow" is not limited to children
The crowd greets Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak on his arrival
An impressively large MIC banner at the SJK Tamil Batu Caves welcoming Prime Minister Najib Razak and wife Rosmah to the Deepavali open house
No Malaysian political party's open house is complete without food. Minor miracle: no ugly Malaysians spotted among the orderly crowd
Minor miracle continues! Courteous guests wait their turn at the wok of life
Live traditional music by real musicians, no less
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'Kolam' art attracts the interest of Australian tourists Susannah and Philipp Herrmann
Muhammad Zulkernain and wife Kelesunnayati visit the open house to discover the unique cultures of the other races
Mok Siew Leng and Ivan Puah always come for the Deepavali open house every year because it promotes national unity
Lord Murugan stands above all