BUTTERWORTH: Rich Hokkien culture and heritage takes centre stage at a shopping mall here to usher in the Chinese New Year.
The concourse area of Sunway Carnival Mall Seberang Jaya features a replica of the famous wooden buildings in Three Lanes, Seven Alleys – an area of well-preserved historical buildings in Fuzhou, China.
Three Lanes, Seven Alleys is a busy commercial area in the province that has a labyrinth of ancient streets.
Apart from an oriental arch tower greeting visitors to the “mini Fuzhou town”, the mall is also decorated with red lanterns and plum blossoms.
Mall general manager Chai Wen Yew said that with this year’s theme of “A Hokkien Heritage Celebration”, shoppers could look forward to celebrate the unique culture and tradition of the largest Chinese sub-group in the country.
“Visitors to the mall will get to enjoy the scenery and imagine life in the old days surrounded by kumquats, which are thought to bring in wealth, and blooming peonies that symbolise prosperity.
“There are auspicious-coloured decorations using red fabric, Chinese red flower balls and spring couplets to spread ‘ong’, or good luck, to visitors who come through our doors,” he said at the launch of the mall’s Chinese New Year celebrations in Seberang Jaya hear here.
Chai said that a host of events had been lined up, which includesd workshops, cultural performances and history highlighting the Hokkiens.
“We are also working with the Penang Hokkien Association and Persatuan Hokkien Seberang Prai to share some of their cultural activities too,” he said, adding that the festive activities would be held till Feb 17.
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