Temple promotes Chinese paper-cutting and chess game this festive season


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  • Monday, 30 Jan 2017

Chew (centre, in red) with temple committee members as she admires the giant rooster lantern during the lighting-up ceremony at Thean Hou Temple. — Photos: GLENN GUAN/The Star

A GIANT rooster lantern is set up near the entrance of the iconic Thean Hou temple in Kuala Lumpur to welcome visitors this Chinese New Year (CNY).

Standing tall at 3.66m, the rooster is equipped with a motor which enables it to rotate, spreading hope and a bright future to all in the Year of the Rooster.

The temple, located at the hilltop of Robson Heights here, is also light-up for CNY.

Each year, its committee comes out with a different theme to introduce Chinese traditional culture, arts and good moral values.

This year, they want to promote the ancient Chinese paper-cutting art, which has a history of 1,500 years, to the public.

Selangor and Federal Territory Hainan Association president Dr Tang Chai Yoong said the patterns of the paper-cutting arts displayed at the temple were based on the 24-solar term of the Lunar calender.

The 24 solar terms, which splits a year into 24 sections, was widely used as a guideline for farming more than 2,000 years ago.

Chew (centre, in red) joins temple committee members at the lighting and launching ceremony.
Chew (centre, in red) joins temple committee members at the lighting and launching ceremony.

It was also listed as Unesco’s Intangible Cultural Heritage last month.

“This ancient art form of our forefathers should be preserved and passed on to the future generations,” he said at the lighting up ceremony of the temple on Tuesday night while thanking the Sasaran Art Association for their help in the artworks.

A huge Chinese chess game, or known as Xiang Qi in Chinese, has also been put up on a hill at the back of the temple to promote the ancient game, which can be traced back to some 3,000 years ago.

The chessboard measures at 12.8-metre by 10-metre.

“This is the hard work of the employees, who have spent three months to turn this wasteland slope into an attractive chessboard,” said Dr Tang.

Chew (centre, in red) launching the huge Chinese chessboard at Thean Hou Temple. On her right is Dr Tang and on her left is Selangor and Federal Territory Hainan Association secretary-general Wong Liang Yew.
Chew (centre, in red) launching the huge Chinese chessboard at Thean Hou Temple. On her right is Dr Tang and on her left is Selangor and Federal Territory Hainan Association secretary-general Wong Liang Yew.

MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, who officiated at the lighting-up ceremony, said our lives were like a game of chess, every move must have purpose and strategy.

“We must be careful and every move must be made with rationale knowledge.

Sometimes you just have to hang in there for a while; to avoid making a hasty decision.

“In life, we have to compromise sometimes but holding it back does not mean we are giving up, we could gain more in the future,” she added.

A drum performance enthrals visitors during the lantern lighting and launch of the Spring Festival Chinese Culture Folk Artwork at the temple.
A drum performance enthrals visitors during the lantern lighting and launch of the Spring Festival Chinese Culture Folk Artwork at the temple.

She also urged the Chinese community to stay united to reject religion extremism.

A long list of activities have also been lined-up at the temple until Chap Goh Mei (the 15th day of the festival) which among others include lion dance performances, concerts, fireworks, arts and culture party, Chinese calligraphy contest and special gathering for the senior citizens.

For details, visit www.hainannet.com.my or “theanhoutemple” Facebook.



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