Every year it happens like a clockwork. The city will be left empty for the miscreants, the immigrants and those who don't really have any where else to go. The people who comes from all over Malaysia, to work in the big city of Kuala Lumpur, to find that piece of heaven by toiling away the whole year which turn into a struggle to make end meets, have all go back to the place which they called their hometown. Whether their friends and family consider them a part of them or not. Whether they have really made it or not. For the students, of course they will be rushing back home expecing to receive those red packets which will sustain whatever lifestyle they are living back in the city.
This migration of city dwellers to their hometown whether it's another town albeit smaller or a real village with rice fields and vintage kampung house, is a never ending cycle that people the whole world do either because it is a long holiday or they are celebrating whatever festival which is being celebrated. Whether it is just to be with their love ones or just for them to show off whatever they have attain while they were in the city.
In Malaysia, there are a lot of different type of festivals celebrated differently by different type of people, either due to their religious affiliation or due to their race. The earliest sign of a festival being near is the banks filling to the brim with people queuing up to take out their hard earned money. The malls starting to decorate their halls and shops with various decorations. The shops offering sales reserved for that particular festival and the theme that particular fashion brand carries. Don't forget the songs that are being played on radio by all the radio stations. All will make you feel like you are a part of the celebration although you are not in any particular way are associated with the festival.
This Chinese New Year, again, the shops will really close down again. It has been going on for years. It shows who really control the economy. Only those shops affiliated with it's western counterparts which are determined to keep on doing business no matter what the occasion will be open. Year after year, the amount of these shops are getting more and more. Now, the locals are also the doing the same. Staying open although there is a festivity going on. Maybe business is brisk during this time or maybe it is the sign of change in time.