SHOPPING centres in Kuala Lumpur are seeing lots of red as they try to outdo each other in putting up the most creative Chinese New Year decorations to usher in the Year of the Goat.
One of the highlights this year is the 9.1m tall Golden Goat which stands in the main concourse of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur to help pave the way towards prosperity and fortune.
Dubbed the biggest goat replica in the Malaysia Book of Records, this Golden Goat can be seen as visitors enter through the Bukit Bintang entrance decorated with an arched walkway of red lanterns.
Themed Peak of Prosperity, visitors can also take colourful pictures at the mall’s Floral Garden of Prosperity.
Meanwhile, over at Fahrenheit88, visitors will be dazzled by a garden of cherry blossoms as they decorate to fit their theme, Petals of Prosperity.
With two drums at its main entrance symbolising good energy and luck, there is also a 150-feet walkway titled Walk of Prosperity, which is fitted with a canopy of cherry blossoms.
Experience the wonders of spring with a vibrant combination of fuschia and pink cherry blossoms and peonies.
Going along with the Chinese drums theme is Suria KLCC, which aims to unite people though collective rhythm and tempo of the Chinese drum.
It is believed that in Chinese music, the single tone is of greater importance than melody, which shows strength.
Visitors to the shopping centre will get to see the centre court, main entrances and walkways decorated with Chinese drums of various sizes and designs.
Over at Nu Sentral, the decoration seems to invite shoppers to muse over the good old days with their theme Olden Golden KL.
They do this by transforming the mall’s concourse into a quaint setting reminiscent of the city’s yesteryear.
It is decked with replicas of old buildings complete with antique adornments and furniture.
The shopping centre is seeking to create something everlasting that is different and meaningful for all Malaysians.
In Mid Valley Megamall, coloured cloth hanging from lattices can be seen to also inculcate the traditional Chinese New Year spirit in shoppers.
With their decorations mostly red to signify great fortune, the mall also has a series of “loud” performances scheduled to scare away evil spirits and bring good luck to all.
Amidst this, there will also be people trading at pedestrian streets decorated and transformed into scenes from Chinese history to mimic the olden days.
Over at their neighbouring mall, get “Under the Wisteria Spell” at The Gardens mall, through a land of blossoming wisteria.
Wisteria blossoms that eloquently fall in tapered clusters, are considered as a visual indication of bowing or kneeling in honour and respect, making it truly befitting for the season of rekindling family ties.
Apart from that, be inspired with decorations of the delicate flower, vintage lanterns and patterned furniture around the mall.
Standing majestically at 8.6m tall at the ground floor of Berjaya Times Square is a sculpture of three goats to represent the Chinese saying “san yang kai tai”.
In Chinese, that phrase means “three goats depicted in different states, which is wealth, longevity and prosperity”.
Berjaya Times Square is also filled with traditional red lanterns hanging all over, from the ceilings to the pillars on each floor.
Meanwhile, enjoy a game of Chinese Chess at Bangsar Shopping Centre during the festive season and feast your eyes on art pieces at the shopping centre.
Also on display is their elegant centerpiece, an intricate golden bird cage reminiscent of the ‘80s.
The cage comes with a spiral staircase, where guests are welcomed to take pictures or sit and relax there.