As night fell, we were led to an open air stage where we were entertained by a variety of of performances. One of which is Malaysia’s most popular dance, the Zapin.
We clapped and cheered as we were entertained by Tea Setyet another one of Malaysia’s traditional dance.
Zapin is a dance form that is popular in Malaysia (especially in the state of Johor) and in Indonesia (Jambi province). It is believed to have been introduced by Arab, Muslim missionaries from the Middle East in the fourteenth century.
In the old days, only males were allowed to perform; nowadays, female dancers are included. It used to be performed exclusively for religious ceremonies but through the years it has become a form of traditional entertainment, hence the participation of female dancers are allowed.
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