KUALA LANGAT: Despite its somewhat sleepy town status, Jenjarom new village glows every Chinese New Year with beautiful multi-coloured lights and lanterns.
The highlight of the village is the Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Temple which is decked in flowers and creative figurines to usher in the Lunar New Year.
Its 2019 Festival of Lights and Peace working committee member Lillian Chang said the theme of the lantern festival this year was based on a couplet bearing auspicious messages written by the Fo Guang Shan monastic order founder Venerable Master Hsing Yun.
“Facets of the theme is positioned under the Fortune Tree which comes with three little pig figurines that represent goodness, diligence and unity,” said Chang.
She said it took six months to plan and carry out the decorations which featured thousands of lanterns, orchid plants and figurines.
“Our volunteers, made up of craftsmen and engineers, designed and made the lanterns and figurines at the temple over the six months,” she said, adding they had also created spinning lanterns placed strategically on the temple ground.
According to Chang, there were also three exhibitions being held simultaneously.
“The first is the calligraphy work by Venerable Master Hsing Yun. The other two exhibitions are the Xi Nan Chinese ethnic minority’s embroidery work on their traditional costumes, as well as the Buddhist artwork of scholar Ziwen,” said Chang.
Chang said a big crowd was expected to visit the temple during the event which ends on Feb 19.
The VisitSelangor website noted that Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Temple was listed as a religious tourist attraction by the Tourism, Arts and Culture way back in 1999.
And in 2003, the temple was given an “Outstanding Scenery Award” by the state tourism authority.
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