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Guang Ming Daily Chinese New Year 2010 Celebration, Penang


The Chinese language Guang Ming Daily office on Macalister Road, Penang was buzzing with activities last Saturday with an event to usher in the 2010 Chinese New Year. The event celebrating the upcoming year of the tiger was a perfect blend with Chinese cultures and traditions.
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The Gods of Wealth, Prosperity & Longevity greeting the crowd!




The event saw a huge turnout despite the rain earlier, with swarms of people walking around and enjoying the festivities available! Visitors can even purchase auspicious flowers and plants related with the Chinese New Year from the stall with an abundance of choices.
Guang Ming Daily Pre Chinese New Year 2010 Celebration Beautiful flower plants great for decoration!

As usual, this event was complete with food - a wonderful spread of traditional Hakka dishes and snacks. It was great getting to taste all those yummy food which is hardly found any other time of the year around town!
The Hakkas usually have this Thunder Tea Rice (Lui Cha Fun) at the seventh day of Chinese New Year which usually makes up of seven side accompaniments. The rice is served with tea which is made of a ground paste of several vegetables, tea leaves and herbs. This healthy rice dish is simply satisfying with the toasted peanuts.
Guang Ming Daily Pre Chinese New Year 2010 Celebration
The simple dish of Thunder Tea Rice!
A favorite dish for many is the Abacus Beads (Suan Pan Ji) which is made of mashed yam. It may look simple but this stir-fried dish was indeed appetizing!
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The delicious Abacus Beads!

Plenty of snacks to sample as well, and I even forgot to catch the names of the buns that came with different filings and colors! Some have shredded turnip and shrimp. Delicious nevertheless!
Guang Ming Daily Pre Chinese New Year 2010 Celebration
Guang Ming Daily Pre Chinese New Year 2010 Celebration
Guang Ming Daily Pre Chinese New Year 2010 Celebration


The event was brightened up with the stage performance featuring a wide variety of music, dance, and choir performances.
Guang Ming Daily Pre Chinese New Year 2010 Celebration
The Chinese Orchestra strutting their moves, and performing beautifully!
Guang Ming Daily Pre Chinese New Year 2010 Celebration

In addition to that, I was further impressed with the displayed of paintings of tiger by artists from China.
Guang Ming Daily Pre Chinese New Year 2010 Celebration
The artist in the middle of completing his masterpiece…
Guang Ming Daily Pre Chinese New Year 2010 Celebration
A magnificent piece of painting! 


Visitors could see the row of ‘colorful lions’ displayed along the whole of Lorong Susu and also many different art and crafts.

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Cute shoes on displayed, and the lions waiting in-line for the performance

Guang Ming Daily Pre Chinese New Year 2010 Celebration


Traditions ensued and we had writings on the tangerines. In general, tangerines symbolize wealth and good luck. Many visitors have their hands-on on the making of tang yuen and others  putting their skills in the mahjong game.
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Many took the opportunity of “writing on the stone”, in a wish for a great Year of the Tiger 2010!
Guang Ming Daily Pre Chinese New Year 2010 Celebration


To top it all off, there was a long table laden with an altar and plenty of food for the praying ceremony. Among the items were roast pig, mee koo, crabs, ang koo, fruits, eggs and many more.
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It was a great evening of fun which brought groups of people and cultures together!. A big thanks to Lee Choo from Guang Ming for sharing this event with me!
Guang Ming Daily Pre Chinese New Year 2010 Celebration

I would like to take this opportunity to wish every one HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR! May the year of the tiger bring you the best life has to offer. Cheers!
GONG XI FA CAI!

Zac Teo

Zac Teo

Zac Teo is a Penang boy, being born and raised on this island. A music lover that always seeks new music to enjoy along with his daily dose of coffee; he loves traveling, exploring and also hunting for the latest food around the island. His penchant on writing about his beloved island led to him starting up Penang365.com in 2015.

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