February 6, 2011

Chinese New Year celebrations on photos

It is always nice to capture the festive mood especially the 15-day Chinese New Year celebrations from Feb 3 - 17, 2011 which herald the Year of the Golden Rabbit.

Mai Tomyam snapped everything from banner greeting, exciting lion dance, tossing yee sang to flying sky lantern.

Chinese New Year greeting:
Hoardings or banners are put up at various locations to wish the Chinese community here in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration.

The large hoarding with Chinese New Year greeting from the President, council members and staff of Teluk Intan Municipal Council.

A banner with traditional Chinese greeting reads: "Happy Chinese New Year from Chairman National Unity & PAS Supporters Club of Teluk Intan".

A banner from UMNO Teluk Intan division wishing the Chinese community "Gong Xi Fa Cai".

Chinese New Year greeting from Kampung Tunku state assemblyman (ADUN) YB Lau Weng San.

Lion Dance:
The traditional lion dance is much sought after throughout the 15-day Chinese New Year festival as a symbolic way to ward off bad luck and spirits, and to usher in prosperity and a happy new year.

The lions perform from door to door at residences.

The lions bring joy, happiness and good luck.

The lion dance is accompanied by loud music played on large drum, gong and cymbals.

Family members pose with the lions during its house call.

Tossing Yee Sang:
Chinese New year is a time for family members, relatives and friends to come together to enjoy meals and catch up on each other’s live. No Chinese New Year feast is complete without "Yee Sang" which means raw fish and sounds like “increase in abundances”. It is served throughout the 15-day Lunar New Year celebration. On these days, people get together to toss yee sang and wish for wealth, happiness, prosperity, good luck, longevity and good health.

Yee Sang is a raw fish salad and a must-have dish for a Chinese New Year meal. Eating “yee sang” is auspicious.

Tossing Yee Sang for great fortune during Chinese New Year.

The higher you toss, the greater your luck and fortune!

Flying lantern:
The Chinese sky lantern or Kongming Deng is prohibited in Malaysia on safety grounds as it can cause fire. These flying lanterns are released by some revellers during Chinese New Year celebrations to bring them good luck and fortune in the new year ahead.

The wick or fuel pod attached inside the paper lantern is ignited using a lighted candle.

The flame causes the air inside the lantern to heat up.

After two minutes, the lantern rises like a hot air balloon.

The lantern can reach up to 1,000 metres in height and fly for several minutes before the fuel runs out.

The flying lantern can be mistaken for an UFO.

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