Friday, February 8, 2013

Chinese New Year in Malaysia

Chinese New Year which is also known as 'Spring Festival' or 'Lunar New Year’ symbolizes the beginning of a Chinese calendar. Each year is named after one of the twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac. It is usually celebrated either in late January or early February. It’s the most important celebration for the Chinese community, and is celebrated all over the world including Malaysia where it is spread over a 15 day period which ends with the Lantern Festival or Chap Goh Meh.
Most importantly it is an occasion where Chinese families gather for their annual reunion and dinner, while the cities and villages come to a standstill. It’s fun to participate in the celebrations of Chinese New Year, as you experience the vibrant celebrations and amazing hospitality of the Chinese community in Malaysia. 

What can you do during the Chinese New Year (especially in KL) Malaysia?
    - You can stroll around town as the city will be rid of the traffic and crowd

· Chinatown (Petaling Street)  is the obvious place to be to experience the festival in full force.

· Catch a lion or dragon dance at various places around the city and smaller towns

- Visit a Chinese New Year Open House

·  Visit some of the Chinese Temples as they will be quite lively

· Try the famous Yee Sang at any of the Chinese restaurants

The amalgamation of food, chingay, lion and dragon dances along with the display of unflinching faith make the celebration a memorable event of the year. Come over to Malaysia this year and be a part of Chinese New Year Celebration.

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