As a nation, we’ve made it through one of the toughest times in our history. In a true display of unity, Malaysians from all walks of life stepped up to help each other. It is thanks to this spirit that we were able to overcome the hardest obstacles. After nearly two years in the dark, we’re now approaching the light in the endemic phase of COVID-19.

It's nearing Deepavali, one of the major holidays celebrated by all Malaysians. Everyone loves a public holiday! Even if you aren’t Hindu, you’ll still be invited to attend a friend’s home for a meal, or you might celebrate with colleagues at work. It’s time to celebrate the light in your life.

Deepavali is a festival of lights, celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month of Kartik. Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, and Ganesh, god of wisdom and remover of obstacles, are widely associated with the festival, which symbolises the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.

In the days leading up to Deepavali, celebrants prepare by cleaning their homes and decorating their doorways with lamps and colourful patterns. On the day itself, people wear their finest clothes, perform prayers, and open their homes and hearts for visitors to share in a feast. It’s a time to celebrate our achievements, be thankful for our blessings and welcome the light of prosperity and victory.

Let’s take a step back from our busy lives to celebrate and continue to show the solidarity that got us through the pandemic. Success is never achieved alone, and prosperity is meant to be shared. RHB’s #JomSapot platform is the perfect way to both celebrate and share our good fortune to sapot our fellow Malaysians. A little bit truly goes a long way.

One of the effects of the pandemic was the loss of jobs. All industries and sectors were affected, especially SMEs. These businesses range from the burger stall around the corner, to supermarket franchises employing thousands of Malaysians. Although we are now in the endemic phase, many of these businesses are still trying to get back on their feet, so let’s do whatever we can to help.

Through #JomSapot, you can pledge your support to SMEs from all sectors, who form the backbone of our economy. When these SMEs stay in business, thousands of Malaysians can keep their jobs and contribute to the recovery and growth of our economy. In return, you get exclusive discounts and offers. Everybody wins. All it takes is a few clicks.

Once you’ve pledged your sapot to your chosen merchants, you can start planning your Deepavali celebrations by buying directly from these businesses.

As Malaysians, we’re very fortunate to live in a multicultural society where all major holidays are celebrated. It’s the perfect excuse to decorate your home, no matter what your religious background is.

A favourite spot for all Malaysians to get festive decorations is MR. DIY. Each year, MR. DIY puts up selected Deepavali items on offer. This year, it’s wall décor. Adorn the walls of your home and workplace with these colourful decorations. The great thing about these wall decorations is that they are reusable and timeless, so you can use them again next year and reduce your waste.

Perhaps you’re bored of your plain walls and want a slightly more permanent (but still flexible) change. You might consider a new wallpaper to change the look of your home, instantly. Wallpaper is a budget-friendly, low-commitment alternative to repainting your home, and there are so many themed options to choose from that can set the vibe. Wallcovering World offers a wide range of wallpaper made from materials like vinyl, textile, or even natural handcrafted and hand painted, if you’re feeling a bit fancy.

Decorations done, let’s get to the practical side – the cleaning. This is a necessary chore, even if you’re not expecting guests. Vacuuming is often left to the last minute, and before you know it, you’re sitting in a pile of dust. In this wonderful age of artificial intelligence, there are robot vacuum cleaners that take care of this for you, 24 hours a day, so you can focus on more important matters. Head over to Supreme Home’s website for the latest offers on robot vacuums, and other practical home appliances.

As we approach Deepavali, let’s take the time to appreciate each other. Say hello to a neighbour or check in on an old friend. We’re Malaysians, after all, and our warmth is our special quality.

From all of us at RHB, Happy Deepavali. May the light continue to shine brightly in your life.

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