MORE than 500 people attended the Buddhist Chinese New Year celebration and temple fair at SMJK Phor Tay in Jalan Sungai Dua, Bayan Lepas, Penang.
Jointly organised by Than Hsiang Temple and 26 other Buddhist temples and organisations from the northern region, the event saw attendees trying their hands at Chinese traditional cultural activities.
At the Chinese traditional
culture corner, attendees got the opportunity to try on Han costumes, learn Chinese calligraphy, paper-cutting, Chinese painting, origami handicraft and tea appreciation, among others.
Among them was student Amanda Khaw Mei Jing, 17, who was spotted wearing a Han costume.
“Wearing Han costumes is a trend nowadays and I was exposed to this trend last year.
“When I put on the Han costume, I feel like I am a ‘descendant of the Dragon’.
“I hope that more people will get to know about Han costumes, ” she said.
The celebration started with a colourful lion dance performance followed by a thumping performance of 24 Festive Drums.
Temple abbot Venerable Wei Wu then enlightened the crowd with Dharma teachings.
“The Chinese New Year atmosphere this year is dimmer due to the Wuhan coronavirus, ” he said.
“Much information on social media was not positive. In this sad time, let us pray for the less fortunate, ” he said.
Ven Wei Wu, accompanied by Than Hsiang Temple monks, then performed a blessing service.
The celebration continued with several song and dance performances.
Also present were Batu Uban assemblyman A. Kumaresan and Penang Gerakan chairman Oh Tong Keong.
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