Even before we officially gallop into the Year of the Horse on Jan 31, Sin Chew Daily, Guang Ming Daily and Tow Boh Keong organised a “Miao Hui”, which means “Chinese New Year temple fair” at the temple compound.
Temple fairs are Chinese cultural gatherings traditioanlly held in or adjacent to temples, and held just before Chinese New Year. Besides worshipping of deities, activities lined up are lion and dragon dance performances, stage entertainment and shopping for Chinese New Year related food and paraphernalia.
Traditionally, temple fairs were organised to popularise Taoism or Buddhism, and to gain a larger base of followers for the temple. In modern times, organisers of temple fairs have adopted many different themes.
This temple fair at Tow Boh Keong temple in Ipoh is a three-day event. It is a mega showcase of Chinese culture and tradition, particularly related to Spring Festival (Chinese New Year).
For those of you who have missed the first two days of this event, fret not as there’s still one more day of activities to enjoy later today (Sunday, Jan 19). Besides lion and dragon dances, there are stage performances and food fair.
Event: Chinese New Year Temple Fair (Miao Hui)
Venue: Tow Boh Keong Temple, Ipoh
Date: 17th – 19th Jan, 2014
Time: full day
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