This year the Chinese New Year falls in the month of February. Being one of the traditional festivals that are celebrated in Malaysia, Chinese New Year is the grandest and the most important annual event for Chinese people. It marks the first day of the New Year in the Chinese calendar.
It is also known as the Lunar New Year and every year is represented by a zodiac animal sign. This year marks the Year of the Monkey. As part of the tradition in Malaysia; the Chinese New Year is never complete without the sounds of gong, drums and cymbals accompanied with the acrobatic lion dancing which ends with a loud and elaborate line of firecrackers going off.
The lion dance has been a traditional part of the Chinese culture for many centuries, and is still practice till this day. The intensity of the sounds of the gong, drum and the cymbals add to the excitement of the lion dance performance which is believed to bring good fortune, luck, and prosperity. It is known that the loud sounds of the gong, drums, cymbals and the firecrackers are to scare away and ward off evil spirits in addition to bring good fortunes.
Eastin Hotel Kuala Lumpur had a grand Lion Dance performance at the hotel lobby to usher in the Year of the Monkey with full of prosperity, happiness and good fortune. The performance by Lion Dance troupe on the 18th February 2016 at 11am was well greeted by hotel guests and the hotel team.
The hotel’s atmosphere was hyped up and many were cheering and enthusiastically as they watch the lion dance performing some of its outstanding acrobat stunts; agilely and gracefully as the “lion” jumped from one pole to another, with multiple amounts of difficult stunts. The performances of the lion dance troupe and the drummers bestow wishes of good fortune and prosperity on the hotel in the Year of the Monkey.
General Manager of Eastin Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Ms. Jane Suppiah together with the Executive Chairman, Dato’Tan Chew Piau & Directors also joined to celebrate the performance.
“The “Dance of the Lions” symbolically ushers in good luck and good fortune and we hope the performance is enjoyed by our foreign as well as local guests. It is an opportune for tourists and visitors to Malaysia to experience the many facets of our multi-national culture,” Ms Suppiah said.
May all our readers have a prosperous and Happy Chinese New Year.
“Gong Xi Fa Cai”