Students performing a traditional dance during the Chap Goh Meh celebrations in Wan Fo Tien temple.
KUANTAN: A host of activities on the 15th day of the new lunar new year attracted some 10,000 people to the Wan Fo Tien temple in Jalan Bukit Ubi here.
The programme, held in conjunction with Chap Goh Meh celebrations, started with a brief dharma talk by Pahang Buddhist Association (PBA) adviser Venerable Sik Ji Xing.
Venerable Sik urged devotees to start the Year of the Horse by doing good deeds throughout the year which could benefit other sentient beings.
“Let’s be forgiving to others who may have hurt us, smile more every day and treat everyone as part of the family.
“Only a sincere and happy heart can erase our mind from pain and sorrows,” he said, adding that the young should also respect and take good care of the elderly.
Later, a chanting session was held together accompanied by PBA president Hor Chin Sim and other committee members.
About 300 National Service trainees from four camps also joined in the colourful and meaningful celebrations.
Among the activities and performances include cultural and festive songs and dances, Chinese traditional instruments, a Chinese opera, solving of riddles, in addition to reflective dragon and lion dances at the main prayer’s hall.
There was also a Goddess of Prosperity making rounds to give out red packets to the people.
Many took the opportunity to take photographs with the reflective dragon and colourful surroundings.
The evening was capped off with a spectacular fireworks display.
Hor said the celebration was an annual programme organised by the temple to mark the 15th day of the new year.
“This is a good platform to preserve Chinese culture and tradition as well as foster closer ties among the people,” he said.