JOHOR BARU: The century-old Johor Ancient Temple will be airing a live Chinese New Year’s eve programme on social media to usher in the Year of the Ox.
Temple chairman Lee Poo Sin said the Covid-19 pandemic would not hamper its annual tradition of welcoming the Lunar New Year with a bang.
“The two-hour programme, from 11pm on Feb 11 to 1am on Feb 12, will include pre-recorded lion and dragon dances, Teochew drum performances, and fireworks for the public to enjoy from the comfort of their own home.
“Other content includes cooking demonstrations of Chinese New Year dishes from the five main dialect clans: Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochew, Hakka and Hainan, ” he said at a virtual press conference yesterday.Lee said at midnight, a virtual prayer would be held to mark the start of Chinese New Year.
Members of the live audience stand a chance of winning temple souvenirs via lucky draw sessions held throughout the programme,
he said, adding that the public could tune in to the programmes on www.facebook.com/Johor.Ancient.Temple.
He said the temple would also be following the revised standard operating procedure issued by the government, which permits 30 devotees to enter the premises at any one time from 6am to 2pm.
A tent would be put up to shelter devotees while they queue up after having their temperature checked and getting a waiting number, he said, adding that they must wear a face mask at all times.
“We will try to have Facebook live sessions so that those at home will not be left out, ” he said.
Lee added that the public could still purchase temple souvenirs to contribute to the temple fund or donate money online via www.johorancienttemple.com.
On the traditional Chingay procession which has been held since the temple’s inception in 1870, Lee said the committee would wait for the latest SOP after the current MCO ends on Feb 18 to determine whether it would go on or not.