By ALISON ONGmetro@thestar.com.my
TO start the Chinese New Year celebrations at 1 Utama Shopping Complex were the Kwong Ngai Lion Dance Troupe, who performed several acrobatic flips across poles.
Themed Spring Reunion, the next few weeks of Chinese New Year at 1 Utama will be a showcase of more lion dance, acrobatic Wushu and even a Broadway musical.
“We wish to bring forward the message of a joyful reunion among family and friends,” said 1 Utama Centre manager Kenny Chin.
The highlight of the event is, of course, the Chinese Courtyard House, which follows the original design.
It is in the Oval Court, Lower Ground Floor of 1 Utama.
Surrounding the area are 20 shopping booths that have been cleverly built to look like a group of family house units that surround a courtyard.
These booths sell anything from Chinese art, silk knitting, apparel, Chinese New Year cookies and Chinese calligraphy.
Traditionally used for drinking tea and recreation, the Chinese Courtyard House set up in 1 Utama has eight auspicious entrances, which feature Chinese screens and carvings.
The main entrance of the house features Chinese couplets to spread good luck and good fortune to those who enter the area.
To give it a more Chinese New Year feel, giant lanterns, arrangements made out of bamboo and bonsai as well as cherry blossom trees also decorate the surrounding areas.
The festive ambience doesn’t stop there though. At 7pm every day, festive lighting will be switched on along Central Park Avenue, which has been lined with lanterns and other Chinese New Year decorations.
In addition to this, the God of Prosperity, or Choy San Yeh, will also be making his appearance at 7.30pm everyday to hand out ang pow and goodies.
Chinese New Year celebration at 1 Utama promised to be a lively one with all the performances and activities planned.
The events will be on until Feb 2.
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