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Catching the horses mane! CNY in KL

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Pavillion mall decked out for CNY

Pavillion mall decked out for CNY

Thank you client! I nearly missed welcoming the Year of the Horse! Chinese New Year (CNY) is completely absent India… and I was missing the celebrations…

After being in Singapore during CNY, this time of year is incomplete without all the gorgeous red lanterns everywhere, the loud drums and cymbals heralding the coming of the dragon or lion dance… and then the crazy antics of the lion dance acrobats!

I was beginning to feel like I’d completely skipped what is a seriously big festival in Asia!

But thanks to the latest project in Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia, every where I go, there are signs of celebrations.

More random CNY decorations...

More random CNY decorations…

On the second day of our training, the participants big boss came to hand out the bright red envelopes to the young unmarried employees.

No surprise a favourite phrase seen everywhere in various versions is Gong Hei Fat Choi (恭喜發財,利是逗來) which I understand is roughly translated as “Congratulations and be prosperous, now give me a red envelope!”

Year of the horse (KL Tower)

Year of the horse (KL Tower)

Last night, during dinner at Atmosphere 360 (KL Tower‘s revolving restaurant) had a brilliant view of the fireworks in the distance!

Gadzooks! Another horse about to dance n prance the night away!

Gadzooks! Another horse about to dance n prance the night away!

I have a good feeling about the Year of the Horse… who would decline happiness, prosperity and all that good stuff?

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12 Comments

  1. ottominuti says:

    Gong Hei Fat Choi to you then! 🙂

  2. Cool… they really went all out. Funny here in Shanghai I haven’t spotted any massive displays like this. Maybe I need to go to the busy tourist areas to find it, but at this time of year it is more crowded than usual, so I do my best to avoid it.
    Xian Nian Kwai La

    • They have gone all out here! It is great to see and I’m enjoying immensely. 🙂

      • I did find a cool light display last night which is funny since it is kinda out of the way of most houses. There is a large hotel and small mall there, so maybe they hosted it to drum up business. Over the holiday it looked like there were also performances there. I snapped a quick photo and then ran… it was bitter cold last night. Without mittens and trying to take pictures my hands were numb in minutes. Hoping it will warm up and then maybe I can go see it again before they take it down. I guess I picture in my mind that displays for CNY would be everywhere… like Christmas is at home 😉 and was surprised when they are random and spread out.

  3. JoV says:

    CNY in KL is always Fab.. I miss home… 😦 But thanks for showing me a glimpse of it! 🙂

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