Goats and lions come out to play

Awesome moves: The Kun Seng Keng lion dance troupe thrilling the crowd with their agility.

A THRONG of local and foreign visitors assembled at the Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur lobby to join in on the hotel’s annual Chinese New Year festivities on Feb 20.

One of the highlights of the celebration was a much-anticipated performance by world champion lion dance troupe, Kun Seng Keng (KSK) from Muar, Johor.

Hotel general manager Gary Lee said the award-winning dance troupe was invited to perform for hotel guests and visitors every year.

KSK secretary Kai Xin said the lion and dragon dance association had coveted 58 international championship titles and 69 national championship titles since 1988.

Hotel guest Leona Hain, 70, from Queensland, Australia was thrilled when the sound of drums, gong and cymbals filled the air of the hotel lobby prior to the entrance of the lion dancers.

The crowd roared with excitement and clapped when the KSK lion dancers performed a number of impressive acrobatic movements, lifts and jumps on some high poles placed outside the hotel lobby.

Another major highlight of the event was when the Concorde Hotel guests and visitors joined the VIPs to toss the yee sang.

This act of tradition signifies good fortune, luck, longevity, prosperity and success.

Ampang Hotel Sdn Bhd director Tan Sri Syed Yusof Tun Syed Nasir said the hotel had been organising the event for over five years.

“We wanted to host such festivities as we essentially intend to do something memorable in conjunction with Chinese New Year. In fact, each year the crowd grows larger,” he added.

Prior to the start of the lion dance performance, visitors were seen jovially crowding around and taking photos with shanon and janapuri goats which were at a booth outside the hotel lobby.

“This year we brought in goats for the Chinese New Year celebration.

“Next year, we might bring in monkeys,” said Syed Yusof.

The event closed on a high note with a stellar performance by Beijing’s ‘The Amazing China Acrobat’ which featured a number of tricky balancing acts.

Also present at the event was Ampang Hotel Sdn Bhd chairman Tan Sri Sallehuddin Mohamed.

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