Impiana Hotel Ipoh CNY

staff of Impiana Hotel Ipoh (L-R) Sharinah, Ahmad & Maya, wish Gong Xi Fa Cai

Chinese New Year was celebrated in grand style this year at Impiana Hotel Ipoh, not only with the energetic prancing of lions and the graceful dragon dance inside the hotel building and compound, provided by top lion dance troupe in town, Chin Woo Ipoh.

Impiana Hotel Ipoh CNY

in the grand ballroom

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at the Bistro

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then the Deli

To the delight of invited guests, hotel guests, and curious onlookers, there was also the appearance of the God of Prosperity. He was a popular figure that morning, judging from the many requests for photo shoots.

Impiana Hotel Ipoh CNY

Impiana Hotel Ipoh General Manager Kamarudin Kassim receives a tray of “gold” from the lion

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“choy cheng”

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GM Kamarudin receives all the goodies from the lions on behalf of the hotel

The climax of the double lion and dragon dances was the explosive setting off of a 88-foot long red firecracker. The first spark until the final bang took some 3.5 minutes! The deafening noise certainly scared away whatever evil spirits that dared to linger around after the lion and dragon dance performances!

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musical ensemble that accompanies the lion dancers

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dragon dance

Impiana Hotel Ipoh CNY

the management and staff of Impiana Hotel Ipoh pose with the dragon

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the beginning of the 88ft-long red firecrackers

Video (below): Setting-off of the 88-foot long red firecrackers

Although Chinese New Year is celebrated annually, this year, the main attraction was the gigantic 6-foot vegetable “yee sang”, which was tossed by the hotel management, staff and guests.

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setting up of the 6ft giant yee sang

Impiana Hotel Ipoh CNY

The tossing of “yee sang”, with each ingredient symbolises something special, the high tossing action is to wish for a great year ahead filled with an abundance of health, prosperity, happiness, and all good things.

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an hour-long performance by Simson Chinese Orchestra

The morning’s activities mellowed down with an hour-long performance by Simson Chinese Orchestra. The four-piece local orchestra consisted of the GuZheng, Yangqin, Erhu and Dizi.

Event: Chinese New Year Celebration 2013
Venue: Impiana Hotel Ipoh
Date: 12th Feb, 2013
Time: 10.30am

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