The One World Hotel, Petaling Jaya, ushered in the Chinese New Year recently with a traditional lion dance performance by 20 members of the Malaysia Khuan Loke Dragon and Lion Dance Association troupe.
The performance was organised by the One World Hotel to entertain staff and guests, and also to bring luck for the year ahead.
As guests crowded the hotel’s driveway to stake a good spot for the event, the dancing “lions” visited the hotel’s various administrative offices, wishing the staff good fortune in the Year of the Horse.
“We organise this event every year to bring luck to the hotel, and it’s like the hotel is being blessed.
“Lions go through every office, blessing them so that we can have a smooth year and to give the hotel staff peace of mind,” said One World Hotel general manager Ho Hoy Sum.
“We spend a handsome sum of money on this event, which we consider to be auspicious for our year!”
After the “lions” finished their tour, staff lined up in front of hotel chairman Tan Sri Dr Teo Soo Cheng, and his wife to see the “lions” dance for him and his wife, before moving to high stilts for the crowd to see.
As the troupe’s cymbals, drums and gongs roared throughout the audience, the lions performed a series of complex acrobatic steps while flinging mandarin oranges into the crowd from their mouths.
After unfurling flags to wish their audience a happy new year, amidst a burst of red and silver confetti, the “lions” leapt down from their platforms to close the performance by handing over of a ‘platter of prosperity’ to the chairman.
The crowd then rushed inside as Ho lit two streams of firecrackers much to the glee of all the children in attendance.
“We love putting on the lion dance every year, it’s a treat for our staff, and is always an experience for our foreign guests, who might not have seen anything like it before,” added Ho.
“We always like performing for the hotel. We are very busy during Chinese New Year touring around the country. But we are happy to make time in our busy schedule,” said troupe performer Choy, adding that they had been together for 20 years.