Lantern parade in Bukit Bintang for Mid-Autumn festival

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 5 Sep 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: Embracing the upcoming Mid-Autumn festival on Sept 27, one of the most iconic shopping destinations in the capital city, Sungai Wang Plaza, plans to light up Bukit Bintang to invoke the spirit of the festival.

The mall will be decorated with thousands of colourful, vibrantly-lit lanterns with a lantern parade, commencing Sept 26.

According to its complex manager Yuen May Chee, more than 500 lanterns will be given away before the parade commences for shoppers to join in. A 1,000-strong crowd is expected to participate in the event.

"As we all know, lantern or light, symbolises blessings, hopes and wishes in the Chinese culture.

"Therefore, we would like to use a thousand lights to represent or to bring a thousand hopes and blessings from our mall to our valuable shoppers in this festive season," she said Friday.

The lantern parade will be flagged off from the main entrance, circulating Sungai Wang Plaza, together with attractive performances by the Lion and Dragon Dance troupe.

To complete the celebratory ambience, the mall will feature a plethora of Chinese cultural entertainment in a boisterous fiesta that will lure both local and international visitors.

An interesting line-up of Mid-Autumn-themed traditional lanterns, dance performances, Chang-er and Hou Yi characters meet and greet; kids' animal lantern making workshop is planned for shoppers during weekends.

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also called the Mooncake Festival is a 1,000-year tradition and is the Chinese version of Thanksgiving.

It is held on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar when the moon appears at its fullest and brightest.

Chinese families globally will gather during the festive month over fragrant tea and eating mooncakes and pomelos to celebrate harmony, family unity and togetherness. - Bernama