Happy Valley is a populous area in Hong Kong close to the race course. The name “Happy Valley” comes from the area’s use as a burial ground during the early days of the colony. Even today, the cemeteries of Happy Valley are its most prominent and unique feature. There is the St. Micheal's Catholic, Hindu, Parsee, Hong Kong and the Muslim cemeteries here, side by side. The headstones, dating from throughout Hong Kong’s history, are written in varying combinations of Arabic, Chinese and English. The Muslim cemetery occupies a number of slopes wrapped around a hill, which makes it an excellent vantage point for viewing the lower, flatter Catholic cemetery below. The Muslim Cemetery includes civilian burials as well as Commonwealth burials of the First and Second World War.