Decorative lights reflect festive season

THE festive season is shining bright as Sunway Integrated Resort City fires up the National Day spirit and Hari Raya mood with the first leg of its decorative streetlights themed Colours of Harmony. This is the sixth year that the decorative lights are lighting up the area after making their debut in 2005.

Touted as one of the most elaborate streetlight attractions in the country, this area is on par with Singapore’s Orchard Road and London’s Oxford Street and Regent Street lighting events.

The streetlights undergo a transformation and are changed to reflect each of the major festivals; namely Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Deepavali, Christmas and Lunar New Year.

Each festival comes with an elaborate change of design, colours and fittings making it truly special.

For the first leg, the colours green, gold and pink take dominance. Green is the colour associated with the Hari Raya celebrations and the green elements are further enhanced by gold colours and pink hibiscus flower designs.

Found in abundance throughout the streetlight decoration, the hibiscus or bunga raya, as the national flower, is used to commemorate Malaysia’s first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman.

The main arch also sports a 1Malaysia logo to reflect national unity, ethnic tolerance and multi-racial integration.

Stretching 2km, this ornate streetlight decoration is an iconic tourist attraction for Sunway.

More than RM1mil was spent on the Colours of Harmony decorative lights.

It took almost three weeks to fully install the lights after months of pre-planning. One million light emitting diodes (LEDs) were used.

Sunway Pyramid chief operating officer Kevin Tan said, “We want Malaysians to enjoy and learn from the showlights because it reflects the different groups in the country.

“For every festive occasion, people would light up their houses as a symbol of welcoming friends and neighbours.

“Sunway is our house, and we would like to welcome all our friends and neighbours to enjoy our Integrated Resort City” he added.

Sunway’s showlights will brighten up the night sky well into 2011 with the designs being constantly updated for every major festive occasion.

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