As THE Lunar New Year springs forth, malls around the Klang Valley seem to be blossoming with the joy of the season with spectrums of red welcoming the auspicious celebration’s arrival.
Besides photo opportunities for families, friends and visitors, these decorations serve to enliven the atmosphere with festive cheer, beckoning shoppers to enjoy memorable moments amidst the beauty. Here’s a look at what can be seen around some malls.
Bangsar Shopping Centre
Chinese New Year would not be complete without red lanterns hoisted up. Inspired by traditional Shanghai elements with a twist of modernity, the intricately designed custom-made lanterns hung throughout Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur, especially at the Main Concourse area, give visitors a beautiful visual feast.
Themed “Bountiful Blossoms”, this year sees Bangsar Shopping Centre showcasing traditional wooden home door designs from the 1900s, embellished with floral elements and cherry blossom trees. Besides that, visitors can donate as well as write their wishes on the golden wishing cards and hang them on the wishing tree.
Bangsar Village 2
In line with the Golden Rat lunar year, Bangsar Village 2, Kuala Lumpur, has used gold as their main motif. Plenty of velvet yellow lanterns with gold accents decorate the entire concourse area of the shopping centre, creating a warm and joyful atmosphere for visitors. Fairy lights also decorate the mall, apart from lanterns shining like shimmering stars in the sky.
Da Men Mall
Celebrating “Happy Prosperity”, Da Men Mall, Subang Jaya, is showcasing festive decor with abundant oriental lanterns and blooming cherry blossom trees bringing to mind a springtime wonderland. Day or evening, discover plenty of photo opportunities to light up your social media. Shoppers can look out for zany Pocotee & Friends cartoon character cut-outs throughout the mall through Da Men’s exclusive partnership with the cartoon brand.
The decor became the perfect backdrop for the auspicious launch of “Happy Prosperity” and CNY-themed activities like a calligraphy workshop for old folks which was graced by local community leaders including Subang MP Wong Chen, Subang Jaya assemblyman Michelle Ng Mei Sze, Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) Zone 4 councillor Kamarul Hisham Yeop Hashim alongside Da Men Mall adviser Datuk Wahab Abdul Khalil, Pavilion REIT Malls marketing director Kung Suan Ai and Pocotee & Friends founder Dylan Ang Beng Leong.
Intermark Mall, Kuala Lumpur, welcomes shoppers to revel in the East-meets-West style inspired by the beauty of chinoiserie charm with “Shanghai Splendour” and to immerse in exquisite oriental festive decor, abundant shopping and dining options, rewards as well as new stores to explore during Chinese New Year.
The centrepiece of its decor is resplendent with colourful pastel lanterns reminiscent of elegant birdcages, bursting forth with vibrant blooms of red, pink and cream-coloured peonies — the traditional Chinese symbol of wealth, honour and romance. Chinese wooden cabinets placed alongside several vendors’ displays around the booth area bring to life the ambience of old Shanghai.
IOI City Mall
A walk through the lantern tunnel near the entrance of IOI City Mall, Putrajaya, symbolises the end of the past year and the beginning of a new year.
The mall celebrates Chinese New Year with the theme “Blessings of Longevity” featuring the lucky peach tree and peach fruits, which are symbols of longevity, peace and tranquillity living in harmony with the Golden Rat.
Filled with blooming cherry blossoms to usher in the celebration of this auspicious annual spring festival, visitors can look forward to a line-up of festive performances and activities, especially for families.
Mid Valley Megamall
Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur, always strives to come up with ideas to attract children’s attention with their festive decorations.
Inspired by Chinese markets and temple fairs, this year, it takes visitors back to the old streets of small and quaint town squares with a unique spin in the form of Lego bricks.
Various workshops have been organised including making dough art, sugar painting and Chinese knots so visitors can pick up a new skill or two.
The Gardens Mall
With something different from other shopping centres, The Gardens Mall, Kuala Lumpur, has brought the traditional paper crane centre stage.
Themed “On the Wings of Hope”, the decor centred around origami reflects the hope for a great year ahead.
The classic and elegant cranes that look like they are about to take flight throughout the mall will be sure to transport visitors to a different world. Cranes are said to symbolise good fortune and longevity.
LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION AT KL MALLS
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