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AN elaborate lighting ceremony was held at the Thean Hou temple in Persiaran Endah, Kuala Lumpur, recently which saw thousands of red lanterns lit up to welcome the Lunar New Year.
Hainan Association of Selangor and Federal Territory president Datuk Woo Ser Chai, along with other VIPs, launched the decorations on a stage erected in the temple’s courtyard to the accompaniment of lion dancers and drums.
The roof of the temple has been decorated with lanterns and LEDs (light emitting diodes) blinking red, white, blue and yellow to represent the flag of Malaysia and its multiracial community.
The courtyard has been similarly decorated with red lanterns, while one part has been sectioned off to form a walk featuring all 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.
There is also a lantern of the “God of Prosperity” affixed to a blimp with words of prosperity written on it, hanging in front of the temple’s marriage registry.
Earlier in the evening, the association had hosted a “sou-gong” (finishing work) dinner for its employees, along with a lucky draw in which participants walked away with bottles of medicinal wine, ang pow and other prizes.
The association also presented a cheque for RM7,670 to Pua Jia Qi, who suffers from Hirschsprung disease during the dinner.
The association’s chief executive secretary Jean Lum said Thean Hou would be hosting a number of activities to usher in the Lunar New Year, from Feb 9.
“There will be acrobats from China performing from Chinese New Year eve until Chap Goh Mei, lion dances and calligraphy competitions,” said Lum.
He added that the temple would also be hosting charity dinners for disadvantaged children and senior citizens, and that those who wished to contribute could get in touch with the association’s secretariat.
During the two-week Chinese New Year celebration, Lum said there would be free shuttle bus services to ferry devotees to the temple.
Australian Shanthi Broersen, who was visiting the temple during the lighting ceremony, said the decorations were eye-catching.
“It was just a coincidence that I came to visit the temple during the lighting ceremony and I was impressed,”said Broersen.
For details on the shuttle bus service pick-up points or to donate to the charity dinners, contact the Selangor and Federal Territory Hainan Association at 03-2274 7088.
The public can also log on to www.hainannet.com.my or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
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