1. group photo of directors and management staff of Syeun Hotel prior to the lion dance performance

1. group photo of directors and management staff of Syeun Hotel prior to the lion dance performance

It is a brand new year again according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Day 3 of the Year of the fiery Rooster saw me joining in the hour-long celebration of Spring Festival at Syeun Hotel Ipoh.

2. setting off firecrackers

2. setting off firecrackers

3. the lions march up to the hotel lobby

3. the lions march up to the hotel lobby

It has become the tradition of Syeun Hotel, one of the premier hotels in Ipoh, to usher in the New Year in a grand fashion on the third day of every Lunar New Year, at 1pm. Do take note of this event if you wish to be part of the festivity next year.

4. with the F&B crew

4. with the F&B crew

5. paying homage at the office altar

5. paying homage at the office altar

As usual, the award-winning troupe from Ipoh Chin Woo Athletic Association provided two pairs of lions and a dragon to bless the hotel with better business in the year ahead.

6. Director of Syeun Hotel, Ms. Maggie Ong, welcomes the lion into her office

6. Director of Syeun Hotel, Ms. Maggie Ong, welcomes the lion into her office

7. at the office

7. at the office

According to legend, the presence of the ferocious lions and fiery dragon was also to chase away whatever negative qi (energy) lurking around, amidst the beating of drums, gongs and cymbals as loudly as possible. The din first began with the setting off of long, red firecrackers.

8. “plucking the greens” ritual (cai cheng) at Garden View Coffee House

8. “plucking the greens” ritual (cai cheng) at Garden View Coffee House

9. blessings for Syeun Hotel

9. blessings for Syeun Hotel

The lions “visited” the different business areas of the hotel, such as the management and sales offices, ballroom, coffee house, kitchen as well as lobby, showering blessings upon the staff and bringing good fortune to their work place.

10. one pair of lions

10. one pair of lions

11. “plucking the greens” ritual (cai cheng)

11. “plucking the greens” ritual (cai cheng)

The auspicious gathering was joined in by business partners and associates, as well as hotel guests who were at the right place at the right time.

12. blessings of better business for the year ahead

12. blessings of better business for the year ahead

13. dragon dance

13. dragon dance

While excited children trailed after the lions and dragon from floor to floor, the excitement level of their parents was just as high, scrambling for mandarin oranges that were distributed by the lions and dragon, symbolising good fortune.

14. the dragon blesses the hotel reception counter

14. the dragon blesses the hotel reception counter

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15. “gold” from the dragon

Event: 2017 Chinese New Year Celebration
Venue: Syeun Hotel Ipoh
Date: 30th Jan, 2017
Time: 1pm

16. dragon dance

16. dragon dance

17. the celebration wraps up with a group photo of hotel directors, management and staff

17. the celebration wraps up with a group photo of hotel directors, management and staff

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