The ‘lumba kuda’ or Horse Racing calendars were and still are a true legacy of Malaysia. They must have been around for donkey years – or should I say, horsey years – even before I was born. When I was young I always wondered why there were horses on Saturdays and Sundays, and they seemed to run from Penang, to Ipoh to KL even to Singapore. Horse racing and related gambling activities must have been closely intertwined with the lives of the people.
Besides showing the race days and the location of these races, these old time calendars also incorporated a wealth of other information, such as School Holidays, festive occasions, the Chinese as well as Muslim calendars. Older ones in the past also incorporated information from the classical Chinese Almanac. Often we used them as Work Planners !
Sundry shops still give these out to regular customers at the end of the year, though these calendars have also shrunk in size over the years.