A lion dance performance livened up the atmosphere and kept visitors entertained at the Chinese New Year Open House 2011 at Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday 15th February 2011.
More than 600 visitors to the open house were feted with a Chinese vegetarian buffet while being entertained by a pair of dancing lions performing vigorous and energetic rountine accompanied by the resounding beat of a traditional Chinese drum, gong and cymbal.
The lion is a symbol of power, wisdom and good fortune and lion dances are performed during Chinese New Year to chase away evil spirits and bad luck and brings happiness, longevity and good luck.
Buddhist Maha Vihara Kuala Lumpur president Tilak Leslie Jayawardena, who is also president of Sasana Abhiwurdhi Wardhana Society, members of Friends of the Vihara and volunteers were on hand to greet and welcome their guests and visitors.
A lion dance performance in front of the Shrine Hall.
The pair of 'lions' paying respect to Lord Buddha in the Shrine Hall.
Lord Buddha in seated meditation in the Shrine Hall.
The 'lions' climbing up the steps of Wisma Dharma Cakra in the Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple complex.
The pair of lions performing at the Asoka Hall of Wisma Dharma Cakra in the Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple complex.
The pair of lions entertain guests as well as spread good luck, good fortune, good health and prosperity.
Food was ample and guests were served Chinese vegetarian food buffet lunch from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm.
Guests enjoy delicious Chinese vegetarian food.
Buddhist Maha Vihara Kuala Lumpur president Tilak Leslie Jayawardena (centre, in red shirt), Friends of the Vihara committee Grace Ong (right) and volunteers welcomed their guests for the Chinese New Year open house.
One for the album: Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple Kuala Lumpur president Tilak Leslie Jayawardena, Friends of the Vihara committee and dedicated volunteers pose with the lion dance troupes in front of Wisma Dharma Cakra in the Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple complex.
A dedicated volunteer poses for the camera outside the Asoka Hall where Chinese vegetarian buffet lunch and lion dance performance were held.
A group of visitors to the Chinese New Year open house pose with the lion's heads in the Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple complex in Kuala Lumpur.
A monk from England who resides at the Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple Kuala Lumpur offers his Chinese New Year blessing.