Sunday, 8 December 2013

Malaysian First Day Cover - The Baba & Nyonya Heritage - 29 Nov. 2013


2.   BABA & NYONYA HERITAGE - Peranakan Chinese and Baba Nyonya are terms used for the descendants of late 15th. to 19th. century Chinese immigrants to the Malay archipelago.   Members of this community in Melacca  address themselves as " Baba & Nyonya " Baba is the address for the men and Nyonya for the women.  The Baba & The Nyonya were partially assimilated into the Malay culture, especially in food, dress and language used, while still retaining some of the Chinese traditions and culture like religion, name, folk medicine and festival  celebrations, thereby creating a new culture.   

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