KUCHING: The Kuching North City Council (DBKU) will be holding a Chap Goh Mei celebration on Feb 11 at the Esplanade Kuching, Gambier Road.
Scheduled to be held at 8.30pm on the last day of the Lunar New Year celebration, this festival is also known as the Chinese Valentine Day or Lantern festival to mark the end of the festivities.
The event will be attended by head of state Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud and wife Toh Puan Raghad Kurdi Taib as well as Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg and wife Datin Amar Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang.
Kuching North mayor Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai said this is the first Chap Goh Mei festival organised by DBKU and it is a multiracial event that should not be missed.
DBKU will work with the Federation of Kuching Community Associations, Kuching Chinese General Chamber of Commerce and Industry, India Street Merchants Association, Plaza Merdeka Shopping centre and The Waterfront hotel for this festival.
Among the activities lined up for the celebration this Saturday are a lion dance performance, wushu demonstration, fireworks and firecrackers show, Chinese orchestra performance, lantern show, tang yuan (traditional glutinous rice flour balls) presentation as well as the orange-throwing ritual, a traditional practice in China for unmarried people to find their partner.
The mayor assured that the oranges would not go to waste as they will be collected and given away to the public or turned into compost to avoid polluting the river.
There will also be a lantern competition where 20 large lanterns will be displayed during the event along the waterfront.
Organising chairman Datuk Wee Hong Seng thanked DBKU for providing the necessary manpower for the event.
“The theme of the night is ‘Unity as One’. We are maintaining our City of Unity title in 2017,” said Wee during a press conference for the festival yesterday at Waterfront hotel.
“We are not having a fun fair or food fair, we’re shining the spotlight on the Chinese culture to help both the younger generation and the non-Chinese to understand it better,” he said.
He said Chap Goh Mei is the final day of Chinese New Year and most family members will have a final reunion dinner but this festival by DBKU will gather all the races together to have a big reunion dinner in Sarawak.
For more information on the Chap Goh Mei festival 2017, call DBKU at 082-446688 (ext 325). The event will be open to the public and admission is free.