In conjunction with the Mid-Autumn Festival, Petaling Jaya City Council (Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya) got together with Cempaka Buddhist Lodge in Section SS23 Taman SEA and organized the first-ever Petaling Jaya Lantern Festival 2010 (Pesta Tanglung Petaling Jaya 2010) for all residents on Saturday 25th September.
Thousands of residents from all races and all walks of life attended the event and each received goodie bags containing the delicious traditional mooncakes and paper lanterns.
It was a grand celebration with the presence of two Selangor state executive councillors YB Ronnie Liu and YB Teresa Kok who officiated the event which received an overwhelming response from residents.
Also present at the event were Chief High Priest of Malaysia Venerable Reverand K. Sri Dhammaratana Nayaka Maha Thera who is also the Chief Abbot of the Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple in Brickfields, MBPJ councillors and officials.
It was a fun night out for the residents who were entertained with cultural shows such as dance performances by students and MBPJ cultural troupe, wushu demonstration, mask-changing act and other cultural performances.
The highlight of the celebration was the 3.5 km lantern parade where residents were led by Selangor state exco YB Teresa Kok and accompanied by colourful and brightly-lit floats, stilt walkers, lion dance troupes and convoy of mini cars that make their way through Jalan SS23/25, SS24/1, SS23/17, SS23/13, SS24/10 and back to SS24/1 and SS23/25.
The street lights along the lantern parade routes were decorated with brightly lit red lanterns.
The festive event was held to strenthen unity and promote social integration among Petaling Jaya residents in line with Local Agenda 21 (LA21).
Lion dance troupes perform to the cheers of the large crowd at the Petaling Jaya Lantern Festival at Cempaka Buddhist Lodge, Section SS23, Taman SEA.
Selangor state exco YB Ronnie Liu was given a rousing welcome on his arrival at the event.
A kompang troupe greets the arrival of Selangor stae exco YB Ronnie Liu.
Six men and two women dressed up as the legendary "Eight Immortals" greet the arrival of Selangor state exco YB Ronnie Liu.
Chief High Priest of Malaysia Venerable Reverand K. Sri Dhammaratana Nayaka Maha Thera (in orange robe) meets Selangor state exco YB Ronnie Liu at the Petaling Jaya Lantern Festival event.
A wushu demonstration.
Thousands of people of all races came to share the joy of the festival.
Chief High Priest of Malaysia Venerable Reverand K. Sri Dhammaratana Nayaka Maha Thera (in orange robe) watching a wushu demonstration.
From left: Chief High Priest of Malaysia Venerable Reverand K. Sri Dhammaratana Nayaka Maha Thera, Kelana Jaya Rukun Tetangga (RT) chairman Sanggat Singh Peshi, MBPJ official Lee Lih Shyan and MBPJ councillor.
A large turnout at the festival.
A pair of impressive stilt walkers make their presence felt at the event.
Among those who turned up was Kelana Jaya MP Loh Gwo-Burne (left).
A clown making sculptured balloons to delighted children.
Six men aand two women dressed up as the legendary "Eight Immortals" pose in front of their float.
Selangor state exco YB Teresa Kok arrives to a warm welcome.
YB Teresa Kok's arrival causes much excitement.
There was excitement at the news of her arrival.
Everyone extends their hand to greet her.
The event brings her close to the people.
Many people got the chance to meet and greet the YBs and other leaders present at the event.
YB Teresa Kok sharign a light moment with Chief High Priest of Malaysia Venerable Reverand K. Sri Dhammaratana Nayaka Maha Thera.
Kelana Jaya Rukun Tetangga (RT) chairman Sanggat Singh Peshi (right) greeting YB Teresa Kok on her arrival.
At the start of the event, the national anthem Negaraku was sung.
YB Teresa Kok (second from right) and MBPJ councillor and organizing chairperson Tiew Way Kheng watching a cultural performance.
A Malay traditional dance performance by MBPJ cultural troupe.
The colourful traditional dance and music entertaining the crowd.
A Malay singer delighted the crowd with her rendition of popular Mandarin songs.
A Chinese fan dance presented by pupils from SRJK (C) Yuk Chai, Taman Megah.
MBPJ councillor and organizing chairperson Tiew Way Kheng delivered her welcome speech.
Selangor state exco YB Teresa Kok delivered her welcome speech.
Official launch: Getting ready for the cutting ribbon ceremony to launch the Petaling Jaya Lantern Festival 2010.
Cutting the ribbon to release the balloons.
Coloured balloons go up, up and away!
A group photo session before the start of the lantern street parade.
YB Teresa Kok flagging-off a convoy of mini cars.
A convoy 0f mini cars taking part in the lantern street parade.
Getting the lighted lanterns ready to begin the lantern procession.
YB Teresa Kok leading the lantern parade at the Cempaka Buddhist Lodge in Jalan SS23/25 Taman SEA, Petaling Jaya.
Children having fun with their colourful lanterns.
MBPJ councillor and organizing chairperson Tiew Way Kheng accompanied YB Teresa Kok during the 3.5 km walkabout.
Kelana Jaya Rukun Tetangga (RT) chairman Sanggat Singh Peshi (left) and friends share in the joy of the festival.
Children accompanied by adults taking part in the lantern street procession.
Lion dance troupes during the walkabout.
The lion dance troupes are accompanied by musicians playing a large drum, cymbals and a gong.
Stilt walkers taking to the street during the walkabout.
From left: MBPJ councillor and organizing chairperson Tiew Way Kheng, YB Teresa Kok and Kelana Jaya MP YB Loh Gwo-Burne making their way through Jalan SS24/1 near the Badminton Hall, Taman Megah.
Colourful floats on the move during the lantern street procession.