Christmas merry making and New Year celebrations are barely over, we are already in the midst of ushering in Chinese New Year. Since the end of December, festive songs are being played in shops and malls while shops are stocked with Chinese New Year goodies and merchandise.
With shopping malls transformed into a sea of red, there is definitely an air of festivity. The vibrant decorations are also to attract shoppers and put them in the mode to welcome in the Year of the Rooster.
‘Prosper In Spring’ (祝福新禧) is the theme of the celebration at 1-Utama Shopping Centre. The mall is decked out in red and yellow to represent luck and prosperity with red lanterns and pillars wrapped in yellow.
The Oval Concourse is decorated with big red lanterns hanging from curved arches and lighted poles with flower motif on both sides of the concourse.
A grand stage with wide long steps led to a giant gold logo on the stage. Pots of flowers on the stage give an air that spring has arrived.
The set-up is to accommodate the lion dance performances planned by the mall. It is also more shopper friendly giving them more space to browse the various Chinese New Year goodies offer by the retailers that set up kiosks in the concourse. But what baffled me was the reason for putting a table tennis table in the middle of the concourse.
Red lanterns and a garden of peonies in full bloom welcomed shoppers at the Pavilion Jalan Bukit Bintang entrance.
The mall Centre Court is turned into a bazaar showcasing traditional Chinese Arts & Crafts such as embroidery, knotting and calligraphy.
Pavilion has been known to put up impressive festive decorations and this year is no exception. One can’t help but be awed and amazed with the record breaking gigantic phoenix rising high into the sky. It is definitely the centerpiece of this year’s display.
A rainbow coloured rooster takes pride of place below the phoenix. The idea is that with hard work, persistence and good values, even a humble rooster can transform into a majestic phoenix, which tie back to its theme of ‘The Rise of Opulence’.
As this year being the Lunar Year of the Rooster, figures of rooster are also randomly displayed in the Centre Court and on the Spanish Steps.
Suria KLCC’s theme is based on the reunion dinner. Reunion dinner takes place on Chinese New Year Eve and is believed to be the most important meal of the year where families sit around round tables and enjoy the food and time together.
The ‘Homecoming Reunion’ (团圆) takes place in a Peranakan traditional family home. A table full of various mouth watering dishes is set up for the big dinner.
At the Park Entrance, it showcases the interior of a Peranakan house and the simple decoration put up to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
When I visited Suria KLCC last Thursday, the decoration is not fully complete yet as the retail kiosks were still unoccupied and workers are still putting up the final touches to the giant tanglung at The Esplanade.
As the Rooster crows in the Lunar New Year, here’s wishing your Year of the Rooster sparkles with Joy, Good Luck & Good Fortune.