Zapin is a traditional dance that is believed to have been originally introduced by Middle-Eastern settlers back in the 14th Century. It brings together local cultural practices and a selective adaptation of the Arabic dance ‘Zaffan’, which has prominent Islamic influences, and is performed in accordance with the religious code of gender segregation.
There was a time when it was performed exclusively by men. Today, you will find women Zapin dancers a common sight.
This dance is accepted as both, a religious and secular form of traditional entertainment.