Thousands throng Jelapang for Chinese New Year do


  • Metro News
  • Monday, 12 Feb 2018

A dance troupe putting on a traditional Chinese performance at the event.

THOUSANDS of people flocked to Jelapang for the Chinese New Year Carnival held over the weekend.

Many did not mind the drizzle as they began to arrive at the town in the Kinta district, waiting patiently for the eye-dotting ceremony of the country’s longest dragon.

The eye-dotting ceremony symbolises the spirit of the dragon coming alive.

As the clock struck 6pm, the eyes of the 154.8m-long dragon were dotted and the dragon dance performance began on the main street, amid colourful lanterns hung on street lamps and across the street.

Apart from the dragon dance, there were lion dances, cultural dances and a Chinese orchestra performance.

Along the street were a variety of Chinese New Year snacks on sale, including dried meat, cookies and flowers.

A dance troupe from Xiamen in China added to the festive atmosphere by putting on a cultural performance.

Stalls selling food, flowers and Chinese New Year products at the carnival.
Stalls selling food, flowers and Chinese New Year products at the carnival.

Over at the basketball court, Perak executive council member Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon, who launched the carnival, joined guests and contributors on the stage for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

In his speech, Dr Mah said it was businessman Frankie Gui’s vision and initiative to have the event.

“He always wanted to have an extravagant programme in his hometown.

A candy artist showing off his skill at the carnival.
A candy artist showing off his skill at the carnival.

“With the assistance of the people here, his dream has come true,” he said.

Neon lights and Chinese lanterns illuminating the street in Jelapang during the Chinese New Year carnival. — Photos: RONNIE CHIN/The Star
Neon lights and Chinese lanterns illuminating the street in Jelapang during the Chinese New Year carnival. — Photos: RONNIE CHIN/The Star

In his speech, Gui said the carnival was meant to bring life to the sleepy town.

Dr Mah (centre, in red) greeting the guests at the opening of the event flanked by the lion dance group.
Dr Mah (centre, in red) greeting the guests at the opening of the event flanked by the lion dance group.

“I want to create a joyous and happy atmosphere to celebrate Chinese New Year.

A fireworks display lighting up the night sky in Jelapang.
A fireworks display lighting up the night sky in Jelapang.

“The carnival will spur the economic activity here and further promote our traditional Chinese culture.

“This event can strengthen ties between races and the community here can live harmoniously,” he added.

Thousands of people dining together during the Chinese New Year carnival.
Thousands of people dining together during the Chinese New Year carnival.

Gui thanked the people in Jelapang for making the event a success.

“I was worried at first that we would have problems holding the event because of a shortage in manpower and funds.

“Our dream came true as everyone, including the residents, businessmen and generous donors helped us.”


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