The annual reunion dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve is said to be the most important aspect of the Lunar New Year.
Therefore, it is no surprise that this is the season where we witness the biggest migration of people as they make their way to their home town to usher in a brand new year with those near and dear.
As a Chinese, the reunion dinner is not new to me as we observe the culture and tradition of our race on every Chinese New Year’s Eve.
This year, we decided that we won’t just celebrate within the family, but join 99 other families to welcome the Year of the Fire Monkey.
What….? Reunion dinner for 100 families? Yes, you’ve read correctly. This mass “Family Reunion Dinner” is the sixth consecutive year that has been organised by Syeun Hotel Ipoh, to make the celebration more joyous and merrier.
Besides spending quality time together over an appetising Chinese course dinner to welcome the Lunar New Year, a series of entertainment was lined up to ensure the evening was more meaningful and enjoyable.
Undoubtedly, the occasion began with the customary tossing of the prosperity salad (lou hei yee sang). Every ingredient served in the dish carries a particularly auspicious meaning and while being tossed for seven times, diners shout out favourable phrases and New Year wishes with gusto, showering all participants with blessings for the coming year.
To the delight of diners, the cute little monkey mascot gave out candies to signify a “sweet” year ahead while the God of Prosperity made a special appearance, giving out “ang pow” to everyone with the blessing of good fortune.
What caught us by surprise was the arrival of the agile Fire Monkey, of great significance for the coming year. Diners couldn’t wait for the opportunity to take a photo with him!
Meanwhile, the dinner was interspersed with Chinese New Year song and dance performances to render the event a touch of festive air.
Wowing the guests was also the acrobatic troupe from China, especially the contortionist with her extreme physical flexibility. Although I have watched such shows numerous times, even a live show in Beijing, I was still impressed.
Certainly, enjoying an eight-course reunion dinner amongst family members is unforgettable but doing so with ninety nine other families is another level of celebration altogether. I highly recommend it.
So, now you know where to go for your next Chinese New Year reunion dinner, right?
Event: Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner with 100 Families at Syeun Hotel Ipoh
Venue: Grand Ballroom, Syeun Hotel, Ipoh
Date: 7th Feb, 2016
Time: 7pm – 11pm
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