Mammoth crowd at celebrations


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 06 Sep 2003

FESTIVE MOOD: Part of the crowd waiting eagerly to see the lantern procession as it goes around the Golden Triangle before stopping at Jalan Sultan Ismail.

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Golden Triangle was awash in colour during the Lantern Festival 2003 celebrations. 

A mammoth crowd exceeding 30,000 people filled the streets.  

The police and members of St John Ambulance, Rela, and other voluntary bodies were on standby to ensure the celebration went on smoothly. 

The procession was flagged off at KL Plaza and toured past BB Plaza, Jalan Alor, Century Hotel, Federal Hotel and Sungei Wang Plaza, before concluding at the stage area at Jalan Sultan Ismail. 

The glow of lanterns filled the night while musicians, including a harmonica ensemble led by 1989 world champion player Chong Ching Chee, belted out music to entertain the crowd. 

Giant flag-waving shows and cultural performances such as lion and dragon dances, and Malay ethnic dances amplified the Malaysian identity at last night’s event that carried the theme “Unity Towards Nation Building”. 

After the procession, the event entered its climax with the unveiling of the tallest mooncake in the world. 

The mooncake is made to resemble the Petronas Twin Towers to signify the country’s pride and achievement.  

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