1. (first row L-R): Syeun Hotel Director Maggie Ong, Marketing Manager Rains Choong and Director of Sales & Marketing Elena Phor along with staff extend their best wishes to guests for the Year of the Rooster

1. (first row L-R): Syeun Hotel Director Maggie Ong, Marketing Manager Rains Choong and Director of Sales & Marketing Elena Phor along with staff extend their best wishes to guests for the Year of the Rooster

Chinese New Year is a wonderful opportunity for families to get together. After all, for many families, it is only a once-a-year occasion.

2. the chicken makes an appearance

2. the chicken makes an appearance

3. Chinese fan dance

3. Chinese fan dance

Although the modern generation may skip making a trip home for Chinese New Year, or would rather spend the “holidays” on an overseas vacation, traditionally, people do not mind braving the miles, crowd and traffic just to be home for this auspicious gathering.

4. Chinese New Year singing

4. Chinese New Year singing

5. Indian dance

5. Indian dance

Ushering in the Lunar New Year is meaningful with family over a scrumptious meal but it is more special and memorable when celebrated with ninety-nine other families.

6. solo singing

6. solo singing

7. sweet and pure

7. sweet and pure

This was what happened last evening at Syeun Hotel, which organised a Chinese New Year reunion extravaganza for the seventh consecutive year.

8. just one section of the ballroom

8. just one section of the ballroom

9. complimentary family photo - this is a shot of the family of Syeun Hotel

9. complimentary family photo – this is a shot of the family of Syeun Hotel

As we sat down for the most important meal of the year, we were entertained by stage performances that included festive signing and dancing.

10. The God of Prosperity has arrived! Here's a family photo of Syeun Hotel Director Maggie Ong (in red dress). Huat ah!

10. The God of Prosperity has arrived! Here’s a family photo of Syeun Hotel Director Maggie Ong (in red dress). Huat ah!

11. dancing

11. dancing

Needless to say, dinner began with the customary prosperity toss, also known as “lo hei yee sang”. It was “tossed” simultaneously by 100 families, with gusto, as you can imagine!.

12. more stage performances

12. more stage performances

13. singing Frank Sinatra's evergreen hit, My Way

13. singing Frank Sinatra’s evergreen hit, My Way

The interesting line-up of entertainment ensured that the evening remained joyous and merry throughout the meal, which kicked off with a humorous dance by a chicken mascot, to mark the beginning of the Year of the Rooster.

14. a couple of face mask changers

14. a couple of face mask changers

15. more dancing

15. more dancing

Our excitement went up a couple of notches when the God of Prosperity made an appearance, spreading wealth to diners! Huat ah! May the Year of the fiery Rooster be a prosperous one for all of us!

16. one of my favourite shots from the evening

16. one of my favourite shots from the evening

17. ....and singing

17. ….and singing

Enjoying a sit-down course dinner amongst family members during Chinese New Year is certainly an unforgettable occasion but doing so with ninety-nine other families, including those from other races, is another level of festivity altogether.

18. kids these days are so talented

18. kids these days are so talented

19. very festive feel

19. very festive feel

It is heartening to see this inclusiveness among Malaysians, irrespective of race and religion. When we eat together, we stay together, as the saying goes.

20. I like her costume

20. I like her costume

21. a piece of burning newspaper cone sits on her nose while she renders a Malay song

21. a piece of burning newspaper cone sits on her nose while she renders a Malay song

If you wish to seek this extent of merriment during your reunion dinner, be sure to reserve a table or two with Syeun Hotel soonest possible as their bookings are in demand. See you there in 2018!

22. female William Tell

22. female William Tell

23. This is really tricky-cum-risky!

23. This is really tricky-cum-risky!

Event: Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner for 100 Families at Syeun Hotel Ipoh
Venue: Grand Ballroom, Syeun Hotel
Date: 27th Jan, 2017
Time: 7pm

24. fire eating

24. fire eating

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