Gopeng residents take pleasure in buying ornaments to usher in the new year


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  • Monday, 02 Feb 2015

Auspicious: The solar-powered God of Prosperity can wave his hand. This item, which also features three golden goats and gold ingots, is the perfect Chinese New Year decoration.

THE laser pineapple, solar-powered God of Prosperity and singing God of Prosperity are the new decorative items for this Chinese New Year.

They are among the countless colourful decorations on sale in a shop in Gopeng town.

Shopowner Sally Lee said the laser pineapple would glow all day long, especially at night, without the use of battery or electricity.

Pineapple (wong lai in Cantonese), which rhymes with “the arrival of prosperity”, has always been a popular decoration.

“This (laser pineapple) is from China and comes in various sizes to fit the customers’ needs.

“You can hang the small ones, costing RM1.20 each, in a row and they really look striking,” Sally said when met at her shop on Wednesday.

Popular choice: Laser pineapples which glow all day long are hot decorative items for this Chinese New Year.
Popular choice: Laser pineapples which glow all day long are hot decorative items for this Chinese New Year.

The shop has always been the only place to get Chinese New Year decorations for the Gopeng folk.

Located along Jalan Tasik in Gopeng town, Medan Ceria lends an air of festivity to the town with pots of colourful blooms lining its entrance.

“We started selling Chinese New Year decorations two weeks ago,” said Sally, who runs the business together with her elder sister Karen Lee.

Sally said the majority of their customers were senior citizens who loved to decorate their houses to usher in the new year.

“A group of aunties just came to shop for their Chinese New Year decorations this morning after their dance exercise.

“Everybody was so excited. They exchanged views on the type of decorations.

“In a small place like Gopeng, we like to decorate our house to welcome the new year and also admire the decorations of one another’s homes as well,” she said.

Beautiful tune: A God of Prosperity that can sing phrases of Chinese New Year songs.
Beautiful tune: A God of Prosperity that can sing phrases of Chinese New Year songs.

Sally said her younger customers were mostly those who bought decorations for their shops and offices.

“For business people, good tidings are also very important,” she said, while Karen explained the meaning of those most sought-after couplets printed in gold colour on bright red papers.

The phrases include choy yuen kong choon (which means “wealth and money arriving from all over” in Cantonese) and kat cheong yue yi (“everlasting good luck and smooth sailing”).

Sally said they also expected sales to pick up in the last few days before Chinese New Year.

“Many of the youngsters in Gopeng are working out of town, including Singapore.

“They like to shop for decorations to add to what their parents have already put up,” Sally said.

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