Century-old Melaka temple opens its doors to all for five-day feast

Brimming with life: Committee members of the Cheng Wah Keong temple posing at the heavily decorated temple’s premises.

MELAKA: A century-old Taoist Temple in Kandang here has invited all races to witness its five-day celebration in conjunction with the Lunar New Year.

Chairman of the Cheng Wah Keong temple Hau Han Lee said the celebration is being promoted as a tourism product, in view of its captivating traditional features that attract both local and foreign tourists.

“We have invited food truck operators to ensure halal foods are served to visitors during the celebration from Feb 19 to Feb 22.

“Our temple wants to invite friends from various ethnicities to witness the colourful celebration as well as a mega procession on Feb 22,” he said in an interview here yesterday.

Hau said it is the tradition of the temple to invite friends regardless of religion or ethnicity since time immemorial.

He said there will be a grand fireworks display on Feb 22, which the temple committee expects thousands of people to attend.

Hau said the temple’s premises is also decorated with 1,000 bright red lanterns and three dragon replicas to enhance the festive mood.

“We collected funds from our devotees to decorate the temple grandly.

“The Year of Dragon symbolises strength, success and good fortune,” he said.

Hau said his committee decided on a grand celebration this year in line with the ongoing Visit Melaka Year 2024.

He said one of the dragon replicas is mechanical and is able to move its head and spray water.

“We spent a fortune on the mechanical dragon but we are content (with the results) as the replica has been a crowd puller,” said Hau.

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