VISITORS to the Lunar New Year 2019 Get Together at the Seh Tek Tong Cheah Kongsi in Armenian Street, Penang, were treated to a plethora of Chinese cultural performances.
Exciting performances like the acrobatic lion dance on stilts, LED dragon dance, phoenix dance and drums of victory kept the big crowd entertained.
Cheah Kongsi chairman Cheah Swee Huat extended his greetings to the guests at the Chinese New Year celebration.
“This is the second year we are having the performances for the general public, so as to be connected to society.
“Similarly, Cheah Kongsi will also be focusing on the intangible cultural heritage, by organising various annual cultural festivals like the Duan Wu Jie and Zhong Qiu Jie.
“Most significantly is the promotion of the Hokkien dialect orminnan yu this November and we also have plans to produce a book to record the history, restoration and the future plans to preserve the culture and language,” he added.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow congratulated Cheah Kongsi in his speech, saying that the efforts in organising the annual traditional Chinese New Year event will become one of the annual activities in George Town.
“This celebration within the magnificent premises will become an added value for George Town to attract more tourists and visitors to Penang,” he said.
Guests were treated to a generous buffet spread of local delights.
Chow and VIP guests then joined in for a yee sang tossing while wishing for good health and fortune in the new year.
Also present at the celebration were Penang Island City Council mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang, Penang police chief Comm Datuk T. Narenasagaran and state Tourism Development, Heritage, Culture and Arts Committeechairman Yeoh Soon Hin.