Festive mood is in the air

BUTTERWORTH: A total of 18,000 red lanterns along Jalan Raja Uda here is setting the mood for Chinese New Year.

The lanterns, made of satin decorated with golden tassels at the base, grace this central road from the north near Bagan Ajam to the town centre near Jalan Heng Choon Thian.

This annual tradition began with just 5,000 lanterns when it started eight years ago.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who launched the lighting-up ceremony on Thursday night, said the lanterns had increased over the years through contributions from the private sector.

Glowing boulevard: Motorists can admire the 18,000 lanterns put up in Butterworth.
Glowing boulevard: Motorists can admire the 18,000 lanterns put up in Butterworth.

Several cultural performances were held to entertain the big crowd during the ceremony near SJKC Kwang Hwa. The main sponsors of the red lanterns are Nikaco Holdings Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Chin Poh Chye and businessman Datuk Hong Yeam Wah.

“Last year, 15,000 lanterns were installed at a cost of RM250,000. This year, 18,000 lanterns are costing over RM500,000 due to the increase in labour, transportation and materials.

“It is more expensive but we want Butterworth to be beautiful both for tourists and the balik kampung crowd,” Lim said.

The tradition of hanging up red lanterns began during China’s Qing Dynasty in the 1600s and symbolises joy, fortune and reunion.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Property , batu maung , mah sing


Next In Nation

Citizenship for overseas-born children: Court to hear govt’s stay application on Nov 15
Retired naturalised athlete accused of cheating former senior sports official
Trip to New Zealand: Santhara Kumar files defamation suit against Batu MP
Khairy: Practise healthy lifestyles to prepare for endemic
12MP: Carbon-neutral commitment to attract foreign investment, tackle climate change issues, says Tuan Ibrahim
No changes to regulations relating to colour of school buses, says Dr Wee
Three die, two suffer serious injuries in Johor car crash
Analysis: Experts see new normal as more online, possibly more isolated future
NSC: EMCO in Felda schemes in Pahang, Orang Asli villages in Perak from Wednesday (Sept 29)
Suspect made off with dodol packets, gold chain in Melaka robbery

Stories You'll Enjoy