CNY ends with a colourful bang

Lighting up the night: Fong Yong Hoe (left) and members of her family releasing illuminated water lilies into a flamingo-shaped lake during the Chap Goh Meh celebration at the Eco Horizon township in Batu Kawan, Penang.

GEORGE TOWN: In the full spirit of the occasion, the final day of the Chinese New Year was observed with vibrant festivities.

The annual Chap Goh Meh celebration started in the evening with babas, nyonyas and a dondang sayang troupe being ferried on a Hop-On Hop-Off bus and a float from the Penang Chinese Associa­tion in Perak Road for the traditional mandarin orange-throwing ceremony at the Esplanade.

A large group from the Peranakan community took part in the event.

The entourage performed at the Esplanade before heading to Straits Quay for a performance at Ever­green Laurel Hotel in Gurney Drive.

The highlight of the evening was a dance performance by the famous Jiuzhaigou Tibetan Dance Group from Sichuan province, southwest China, and performances by five local schools.

Some 30 hawker foodstalls were also set up to add to the carnival-like atmosphere.

Over at Straits Quay Retail Marina in Seri Tanjung Pinang, the old and young also threw mandarin oranges into the sea.

Before that, the crowd was treated to Chinese cultural performances which included the Eight Immor­tal Saints Drums, northern lion dance and dragon dance.

Others took the opportunity to snap selfies with the God of Prosperity, who was on a walkabout at the mall.

Over at Bandar Cassia in Nibong Tebal, thousands joined in two separate Chap Goh Meh celebrations by Eco World Development Group and Aspen Group.

The Eco Horizon township was decked with red lanterns and ornaments as visitors enjoyed over 80 types of local and traditional food at the event themed “Heartstrings of Spring”.

An array of cultural performances such as dances, a live band, a 24-drums performance and a traditional acrobatic lion dance showcase were held.

Aspen Vision City Sales Gallery also enjoyed an evening of fun and laughter with various performances such as a mask-changing duo and Chinese acrobatic performances from Shanghai.

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