Chinese community ushers in new year
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Lunar New Year has arrived and members of the Chinese community around the world have gathered to celebrate the auspicious occasion and wish one another good health and prosperity.
An important part of the festivities is the visiting of relatives and friends to one another’s houses, which are filled with Chinese New Year decorations – plants, flowers, red lanterns and _ang pow. _Outdoor activities such as lion dances and fireworks are also an indespensable part of the celebrations.
On the eve of the Lunar New Year a reunion dinner is typically held for family members. The next morning, they will go to temples to offer prayers for prosperity and good health.
Chinese New Year celebrations have been taking place in Brunei for centuries. And this year is no exception, with people of all races enthusiastically conveying their well-wishes to their Chinese friends.
The Chinese community will open up their houses to visitors – a popular tradition at the start of the new year.
A prominent member of the Chinese community and executive director of Maju Motors Sdn Bhd, Chan Key Hong, said: “The tradition of Chinese New Year celebrations are well-preserved [here] and all races in Brunei appreciate the occasion.”
He said he feels blessed to be living in a country that is peaceful and harmonious.
Royals, high-ranking government officials, business leaders and foreign envoys are usually invited to the open houses hosted by VVIPs – an activity that serves to remind people of the importance of family and togetherness.
Among the most popular activities that are staged each year is the lion dancing at Teng Yun Temple, which is open to the public and takes place today at 7.15am.
Happy Lunar New Year!
The Brunei Times