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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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