The Chinese New Year, which is one of the largest festivals in the country, is set to take place this week. With a one-week school holiday, expect a fun and busy period for all Malaysians, regardless of their ethnic background.
As many already know, the Chinese zodiac calendar is represented by 12 different animals and this time it is the year of the Pig. Traditionally, the Chinese take the zodiac calendar very seriously and it plays an important role in making major life decisions, such as planning a baby or marriage. The pig is the last animal sign of the 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle. Although it is said to affect each individual differently according to what year they were born, this particular year is generally considered an auspicious year with plenty of wealth and fortune in store.
With an extended holiday period this week, here are attractions you can check out this Chinese New Year:
1. Underwater lion dance at Aquaria KLCC
The recent blockbuster movie Aquaman took the world by storm and created a whole new appreciation towards marine life. The comic book-based film showcased a magical kingdom under the sea with enchanting scenery and creatures.
Here’s some good news for you if you want some real-life dose of majestic underwater beauty. Head over to Aquaria KLCC and you’ll soon discover that you don’t need a fictional tale for you to fall in love with nature. Located beneath the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and a stone’s throw away from the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, this place is an amazing showcase of 5,000 land bound and aquatic creature exhibits.
On selected dates this February, visitors to Aquaria KLCC will get to witness special Chinese New Year performances. This includes a special underwater lion dance, a one-of-its-kind show here in Malaysia.
Lion dances, although not usually performed underwater, are traditionally performed during this celebration period by ethnic Chinese communities around the world. Generally, two or more performers put on a colourful lion head and cloak, and accompanied by music, will try to mimic the animal’s movement. The Chinese believe that the dance can help ward off evil spirits and bring good luck.
There will also be an underwater feeding frenzy by a man dressed up as the God of Prosperity. Also known as Choy San Yeh, he will bless our marine friends at Aquaria with an abundance of harmony and wellness.
2. Air-shows and adventure at Resort World Genting
From the underwater world, we now travel the opposite direction to celebrate Chinese New Year— the sky! We don’t mean amongst the clouds in a literal sense, but by heading over to Resort World Genting, you’ll get close enough!
The popular entertainment city is holding a special “CNY in the Sky” event from February 5 – 12 with plenty to get you excited about. Visitors will get to enjoy free all-day shows such as exciting lion dance stunts, unique LED Water Drum, an exciting Zodiac Great Race, and 1001 kinetic winches.
There will be many other fun attractions such as the all-new Eagle Landing Zipline, new adventures at the Skytropolis Funland, Asia’s best hyper-reality experience– The VOID, and good old retro arcade games.
3. Spring Festival Bazaar at Resort World Genting
To meet your festive shopping needs, a massive Spring Festival bazaar and a Chinese New Year Village Market will be opened, together with a new Food Truck Park. There will also be exclusive screenings of Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us at the Genting International Showroom.
Since this festive period is known for prosperity, you will also get the chance to win
3,148 lucky voters will be selected every day, with a total of RM1,888,888 worth of Ang Pow up for grabs!
4. Celebrate the traditional way at Thean Hou Temple
The Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur is one of the oldest and largest temples in Southeast Asia. This six-tiered temple pays homage to three main deities — Thean Hou (Heavenly Mother), Guan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) and Shui Wei Sheng Niang (Goddess of the Waterfront). It was built by the local Hainanese community in 1984 and is set on a hill with wonderful views of the city.
Inside the Thean Hou Temple, you’ll find a modern Buddhist pagoda and plenty of Buddha images enshrined in the octagonal hall. A statue of Tian Hou sits between the Goddess of the Waterfront and the Goddess of Mercy alongside statues of Guan Di (the God of War) and Wei. There is also a Chinese medicinal herbs garden, a tortoise pond, and a sacred Boddhi tree.
Naturally, Chinese New Year celebrations are an annual event here. For the Year of the Pig, there will be acrobatic and cultural shows, installations, lion dances, a bonsai exhibition and performances revolving around a traditional character named Pigsy.
Enjoy the festivities and let us know what you enjoy most about the festival. Meanwhile, team Bbazaar wishes you all a very happy Chinese New Year!