HOTEL Istana Kuala Lumpur hosted a Chinese New Year party for residents of Rumah Charis as part of its annual tradition.
Hotel Istana general manager Noorazzudin Omar said this was the first time the hotel had a big festive celebration in one day as previously, separate corporate social responsibility programmes were held during Chinese New Year.
“This celebration is so meaningful for Hotel Istana, as giving back to community is what we believe in, ” he said.
The celebration included a 30-minute performance by eight lions from a lion dance troupe.
The elaborate performance involved a series of ascending pillars, with the risk factor heightening the thrill for the hotel’s guests.
“Usually, we only see one or two lions, this time we get to see eight lions which is good as it is a lucky number, ” said a resident from Rumah Charis.
The performance ended with a bang as fire crackers were lit to spark the exciting finale.
This was followed by the tossing of yee sang to bring about good luck, prosperity, health and all things auspicious.
The specially invited elderly guests then tucked into a sumptous buffet.
There were also cakes including one designed to resemble a dragon measuring about 0.75m.
Rumah Charis is a non-profit organisation founded in 1988 as a home to provide shelter, guidance and medical services to the elderly.
Rumah Charis committee member Pastor Isaac Chee Wooi Chi said the organisation was founded out of care and concern.
“The elderly folk enjoyed themselves at the event today and we are grateful to Hotel Istana for hosting and inviting us, ” he said.
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