Malaysia, truly Asia! A true Asian experience is what this place offers you, and that includes experiencing the Lunar New Year! True to its hospitable roots, Malaysian residents open their homes to friends and family, regardless of race. If you’re a tourist in the country during this time, you can also head down to a community hall where leaders will host such open houses where you get to mingle and tickle your taste buds with the festivity goodies!
Since Malaysia is a really big country, you must be wondering which state you should visit during this festive season! Penang is the top on our list, specifically during Chinese New Year! Here’s why!
Rated Top Food Destination in the World by Lonely Planet, this one definitely tops the list! On top of that, a lot happens in Penang during this special festive season. Be sure to taste Penang’s delectable food as it is famous for being the land of food in Southeast Asia. What’s best about it is that you won’t have to break a bank to please your taste buds with their Char Kway Teow, Asam Laksa, Nasi Lemak, Lok Lok, Chendol and much more!
Largest Buddhist Temple in Malaysia
Home to the largest Buddhist Temple in Malaysia, The Temple of Supreme Bliss, Kek Lok Si, sits in this part of the country. Its structure is made up of a massively striking seven-storey Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas (Pagoda of Rama VI), where 10 000 alabaster and bronze statues of Buddha and 99 ft tall bronze statue of the Goddess of Mercy (Kuan Yin) encapsulates this temple. Come at 6 pm in the evening to experience the sights of the Temple lighting up against the evening sky!
Open House Experience
Want to experience the hospitality of the Malaysians? The Penang Chief Minister will organise a Chinese New Year Open House annually. Be sure to drop in to have some food and drinks and enjoy programmes such as the Lion Dance that has been prepared specially for this occasion! This will happen on the 28th January 2017 this year at SPICE, Jln Tun Dr Awang from 10 am to 1 pm.
The biggest celebration will happen at George Town and it is a must visit during this period! Roads will be closed to vehicles and you have the chance to walk around freely as you feast your eyes to the cultural elements, street performances, flash mobs and much more!
Chap Goh Mei
If you think you need to wait for Valentine’s day to experience romance, think again. On Chap Goh Mei (the last day of the Chinese New Year), you’ll find unmarried ladies throwing mandarin oranges with their names and telephone numbers on it in search of a boyfriend or husband. Single men will fish for these oranges and make their move. How’s that in exchange for chocolates and flowers? This orange throwing event has become a competition where the boy who scooped up the most oranges on his boat is declared the winner! Head to the Penang Esplanade to catch this!
So don’t wait! Book your tickets to experience the best Chinese New Year Celebrations!