Man In Baju Melayu Wows Netizens With Zapin Dance Performance At New York's Times Square

The Singaporean performed the dance to commemorate the recent Hari Raya Aidiladha celebration.

Cover image via @hafizoid (Instagram)

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A Singaporean dancer recently drew the attention of netizens after he posted a video of himself cheerfully dancing at Times Square in New York City (NYC)

In the 38-second clip, the dancer, who goes by @hafizoid on Instagram, could be seen performing the traditional Zapin Gemersik Ombak dance at the busy square as hundreds of passersby looked on.

Lights from the NYC billboards were also shining brightly behind the man, who was dressed in an orange baju Melayu with a songkok and sampin songket.

According to the caption, the Singaporean performed the dance to commemorate the recent Hari Raya Aidiladha season.

"Celebrating Aidiladha with Malay dance in Times Square 'cause why not? Life is as festive as you make it!" he wrote.

Netizens were blown away by his dance performance and left supportive comments

Some users felt represented seeing the dancer perform their cultural dance.

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"So proud and so in awe of you," wrote one user.

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"Yay, Malay culture at Times Square!" wrote another.

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At the time of writing, the video has garnered over 21,600 views.

In May, Malaysian actress Nabila Huda received praise online after she wore 30 kebayas for 30 days in New York City:

In April, a Malaysian marathon runner earned a Guinness World Record after completing the 2023 TCS London Marathon in full traditional baju Melayu:

Meanwhile, this Malaysian designer made headlines for his out-of-the-box baju Melayu looks and runway:

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