September 19, 2010

Colourful and vibrant show at Lantern Tourism Festival 2010

The Malaysian Chinese celebrate the mooncake festival in a big way in Kuala Lumpur.

A crowd of thousands including foreign tourists thronged the open car park of Central Market Kuala Lumpur on Friday 17th September 2010 to watch the colourful cultural performances including dragon dance, acrobatic lion dance, fireworks and a grand lantern parade which started from Central Market and made its way through KL’s Chinatown streets and back.

Visitors were amazed by the brilliant display of cultural performances including the “Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia" dance and dazzled by the colourful lantern procession of various shapes and sizes carried by children and adults alike.

The Lantern Tourism Festival 2010 (Pesta Pelancongan Tanglung 2010) was organized by the Federation of Malaysia Chinese Guilds Association jointly with the Tourism Ministry and more than 100 associations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Tourism Minister Dato’ Sri Ng Yen Yen officially opened the festival which started from 4.00 pm and ended at close to midnight.

The Mid-Autumn Festival or Tung Chiu (also known as the Mooncake Festival or Lantern Festival) is celebrated by the Chinese on the fifteenth day of the eight month of the Chinese lunar calendar which falls on Wednesday 18th September this year.

A Chinese fan dance performance entertaining the crowd during the Lantern Tourism Festival 2010 at Central Market, Kuala Lumpur.

The crowd were mesmerized with colourful cultural dance.

A beautiful Chinese fan dance that kep the crowd enthralled.

A singer belting out songs at the festival.

Red lanterns were hung across the open air park of Central Market, KL.

Dancers in colourful traditional costumes posed for a photograph.

St John Ambulance members on duty.

Graceful dancers at the celebration.

Singing performance by Sharon Ou.

The dancers giving a good performance.

Harmonica performance by Champion Harmonica Trio : Mastro World-Class Harmonica Ensemble.

A dancer showng her dance moves.

Arrival of Minister of Tourism, YB Dato' Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen (in blue blouse).

Dato' Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen was warmly greeted on her arrival.

Dato' Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen gets a warm welcome from guests.

Singing the national anthem Negaraku.

Dato' Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen (centre) and other VIPs and guests were entertained by the 1 Malaysia Dance performance.

The captivating 1 Malaysia dance that combines various cultural dance elements performed by articulate dance troupes donning vibrant costumes.

The multi cultural Malaysia Drum Symphony Performance is made up drums from the three major races in Malaysia with the concept of ‘1 Malaysia!’, an amazing fusion of Malay, Chinese and Indian drums.

A section of the crowd watching the various performances on stage.

The deputy president of the Federation of Malaysia Chinese Guilds Association and organizing chairman Wee Hong delivers his welcome speech.

Minister of Tourism Dato' Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen delivers her speech.

Artiste Shuhana Jasmy entertaining the crowd with the song Setia.

The emcees for the night. On the right is the famous Mahathir Lokman.

Artiste Xiao Hei singing a Chinese song to the delight of the crowd.

Official opening: Dato' Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen taking the mooncake....

... and slots the mooncake into the lantern.

Dato' Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen and other VIPs showing the 1Malaysia sign after the official launch of the Lantern Tourism Festival 2010.

Dato' Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen presenting a mock cheque of RM250,000 to the deputy president of The Federation of Malaysia Chinese Guilds Association Wee Hong. The money is an allocation from the government to support NGOs which were involved in the festival.

The large crowd of people watching the performance.

A Chinese cultural performance.

A short play based on the popular Chinese legend of the Moon Princess Chang Er and archer Hou Ti.

Hou Ti shoots down nine of the suns (out of ten which appeared together one day) with his bow and arrow as the Earth got too hot.

The story of the Legend of Hou Ti and Chang Er is told in the background in a recorded narration.

Lantern parade:
The lantern parade starts from Central Market in Jalan Hang Kasturi and pass through the Chinatown streets of Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Jalan Sultan, Jalan Hang Lekir and Jalan Petaling.

Dato' Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen (in blue blouse and pants) led the lantern street procession.

Colourful lion troupes taking to the streets during the lantern parade.

The lion dance troupes making their way in front of Bangunan Hong Leong at Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock.

The dragon dance performance at Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock near Bangunan Hong Leong.

The lion dance performance in front of Kotaraya shopping complex at Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock.

The dragon dance performance at the intersection of Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock and Jalan Petaling.

The dragon dance troupe performing at the intersection of Jalan Sultan and Jalan Hang Lekir.

The lantern parade proceeded along Jalan Petaling.

A group photo taken in front of the famous Chinatown arch at the Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock entrance.

The dragon dance performance at Central Market after its tour of Chinatown.

A big crowd watching the cultural performances on stage.

Children carrying colourful lanterns.

An acrobatic lion dance on high poles.

The lions with its graceful and majestic acrobatic performance.

A traditional Malay dance executed with extreme grace and poise.

Performers showing off their dance moves.

Fireworks ligth up in the sky during the celebration.

Everyone, including Malaysia's celebrity Chef Wan, is invited to dance along with the performers.

Tourists dancing along with the performers.

Organizing chairman Wee Hong (in red batik shirt) dancing along with the performers.

Welcome to 1Malaysia.

A foreign tourist poses with Tourism Minister Dato' Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen.

Displaying the 1Malaysia sign together as one.

Performers display the 1Malaysia sign.

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