Learn about Chinese customs and traditions at spring cultural festival

Ready to wow visitors: Young dancers in colourful, traditional Chinese costumes preparing to perform at the event.

The inaugural Klang Spring Cultural Festival 2015 to be held at GM Klang Wholesale City in Bandar Botanic, Klang, from Jan 17 to Feb15 is much more than just another event in conjunction with Chinese New Year.

The month-long event aims to present a unique opportunity for Malaysians of all races as well as foreign visitors to experience first-hand and appreciate the colourful culture, rich history and well-preserved traditions and customs of the Chinese community in this country.

The festival will feature some 150 booths and stalls spread out over 70,000 sq ft of indoor and outdoor space, making it the largest event of its kind in Malaysia. It was launched by Tourism Malaysia deputy director-general (Planning) Chong Yoke Har, who represented Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.

The festival is jointly organised by Gamuda GM Klang Sdn Bhd and Astro channel Wah Lai Toi and co-organised by Malaysian Wholesalers Association (PPM).

Speaking at the launch, Gamuda GM Klang managing director Datuk Lim Seng Kok said the company was delighted to play its part in promoting racial interaction, understanding and harmony in the country through GM Klang Wholesale City, a product-sourcing destination for entrepreneurs and small-business owners.

“We are glad to use the extensive space at this site to host meaningful events that cater to different communities and are easily accessible to all. The success of our Ramadan bazaar last year gave us the confidence to take on this largest ever Chinese New Year-related festival,” he said.

Nazri praised the organisers for their initiative in coming up with an event that could help achieve multiple objectives, including possibly being an annual attraction for both domestic and foreign tourists.

“This is a great platform to showcase the uniqueness of the Malaysian Chinese culture and traditions that have been preserved over the generations. I am sure even visitors from China will find something new and interesting,” he said in his speech that was read out by Chong.

Visitors to the Klang Spring Cultural Festival can look forward to an exciting line-up of programmes and activities for the next 30 days.

Major attractions include an indoor and outdoor art lantern exhibition, a record-breaking attempt in creating a 91.4m-long traditional Chinese painting, a creative Chinese calligraphy competition, demonstration of traditional Chinese wedding customs, fengshui seminar, mask-changing performance and cheongsam fashion shows.

There will also be special booths taken up by the various Chinese associations in Klang to showcase the unique heritage of the respective clans such as Hokkien, Hakka, Teochew and Cantonese.

In the evening, the outdoor area comes alive with stalls selling a variety of festive goods and delicacies. Numerous singing and dancing competitions and performances are scheduled to be held at the outdoor stage.

The indoor booths will open from noon to 10pm daily while the outdoor stalls will open from 5pm.

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