As life returns to the ‘old normal’ of pre Covid-19 pandemic days, the Chinese New Year celebration is more uplifting and cheerful this year. As the world lifted travel restrictions, quarantine and testing requirements, Malaysians return from overseas to have their first Lunar New Year celebration with their families in 3 years!
Shopping malls have been lavishly decorated to usher in the Year of the Rabbit since the end of 2022 with Chinese New Year songs adding to the festive mood.
Mid Valley Megamall’s Centre Court is filled with variety of flowers in full bloom welcoming ‘The Return of Spring’ (大地回春).
Flowers framed in Chinese characters forming auspicious sayings are placed on small stages with places for people to sit to enjoy the sights and sounds. They also provide great backdrops for photos.
After being absent in the past few years due to the pandemic, the lion dance makes a comeback this year. The energetic acrobatic performances were enthusiastically welcomed and appreciated by the crowd.
‘Oriental Charm’ at The Gardens Mall features a different spin to the usual decoration. Combining an East meets West charm, its décor consists of flower motifs lanterns and various photo spots on the ground floor.
The instagrammable photo spots feature wallpaper with flora and animal motifs, oriental furniture and lanterns as well as ornamental vases are a crowd puller.
Pavilion KL hops into the Year of the Rabbit with ‘Abundance of Prosperity’ with a garden blooming with red and pink flowers and cascading lanterns.
Two giant bunnies dressed in pink and red were definitely the favourite with the visitors of all ages. These bunnies made with flowers are made more ‘lively’ with its hands moving in a greeting gesture while holding ang pow packet.
The LED screen, meanwhile is the favourite with the kids as they are mesmerised with the changing visuals.
1 Utama Shopping Centre invites visitors to immerse in the rich heritage of Teochew culture and tradition with its ‘Treasures of Teochew Heritage’. Its concourse is transformed into a replica of the iconic Guangji Bridge (广济桥) with wooden pontoon boats on both sides.
This iconic ancient bridge located in the east of Chaozhou, Guangdong province crosses the Han River is one of China’s four famous ancient bridges, the other three being Zhaozhou Bridge, Lugou Bridge, and Luoyang Bridge.
At the end of the bridge is a beautiful pavilion surrounded by cherry blossoms and decorated with enchanting Palace Lanterns.
Traditional Chinese musical instruments and the Teochew opera costume are on display inside the pavilion.
Kiosks offering various goodies for the Lunar New Year are set-up on both sides of the bridge.
As we hop into the Water Rabbit, may your New Year blooms with good health, happiness, prosperity and success.