Lion dance, dim sum and balloons colour up festivities at hotel

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 04 Feb 2020

Yee sang being tossed at the hotel lobby as Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur’s management, staff and guests join in the merriment.

TRADITIONAL dim sum feast, yee sang tossing and a splendid performance by the Kun Seng Keng lion dance troupe were on the agenda for Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur’s Chinese New Year showcase.

Braving the hot sun while waiting for the show to begin at the driveway, guests took delight in the festive atmosphere as colourful balloons were given to children while the God of Prosperity made his way greeting people.

At approximately 11am, the sound of beating drums, gongs and cymbals awakening the “lions” could be heard.

Guests, both young and old, watched in awe as the dancers performed cute antics to please the crowd and showed their agility by jumping on high poles.

The “lions” then proceeded to the lobby and showed off their acrobatic movements by leaping from pole to pole and finally claiming the chai ching (reward in the form of a bunch of lettuce and ang pow).

Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur general manager Gary Lee was presented a platter containing lettuce, pomelo, pineapple, bananas and mandarin oranges which represents chui choi chun poh which in Chinese means a practice to attract good fortune and prosperity.

Excitement in the lobby continued with another traditional ritual — that of tossing yee sang as the management team, staff and guests got together to toss for good luck and prosperity.

The Salmon Yee Sang was then served to guests.

Lee (in white) with the ‘platter of prosperity’.Lee (in white) with the ‘platter of prosperity’.

This was followed by the crowd being entertained to acrobatic performances by a group of young acrobats who showed off balancing acts and stunts.

The “lions” had more work to do making their way through the crowded restaurant and blessing the offices as well as eateries.

The spirit of celebration was clearly in the air with guests queueing up to savour Xin Cuisine’s dim sum from as early as 8.30am even though the restaurant opened its doors only at 9.30am.

Even the ballroom was filled with celebrants who came for the dim sum buffet and lion dance show.

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