Compiled by V. Sivaji
The Chinese consider the colours red, pink and yellow as auspicious and a symbol of prosperity and good fortune.
It thus comes as no surprise that shopping malls in Penang, such as the Gurney Plaza, Queensbay Mall, Sunway Carnival Mall and Straits Quay Retail Mall are festooned with these colours to attract shoppers.
Gurney Plaza has opted for “The Art of Spring” theme this year featuring huge Chinese paintings of landscapes. In the central atrium is a 25ft high “mountain” with a waterfall flowing down its slopes.
Visitors have to pass through a gate shaped like a golden dragon with nine carps around it. The atrium is decorated with red peonies and green bamboo plants. Other attractions are the Spring Fair, Thundering War Drums show and an acrobatic lion dance and traditional Chinese calligraphy contest.
“The abundance of colours, picturesque mountain scenes, flowing water and bamboo plants are synonymous with food fortune and good tidings,” says Gurney Plaza manager Peter Chan.
Throughout the Chinese New Year shopping season, purchasers will get to redeem CapitaLand red packets, rebate vouchers and 999 pure gold prosperity packets.
In the interior of the Queensbay Mall in Bayan Lepas, pink and yellow flowers are in full bloom. Lanterns, cherry blossom trees and giant butterflies combine to give life to the “Spring Splendour” theme.
A spectacular lion dance performance accompanied by the thunderous beating of drums ushered in the Chinese New Year shopping season recently. Shoppers will get to redeem prosperity red packets, travel bags, packets of chrysanthemum tea, gold coins and satin love ribbons.
To entertain shoppers, there will be a traditional drum performance, acrobatic Southern lion dance performance, a traditional Chinese dance, mask-changing acts and an LED dragon dance in the run-up to the Chinese New Year celebrations.
Over at the Sunway Carnival Mall in Seberang Jaya the theme is “Hokkien Heritage Celebration”. Visitors can immerse themselves in the Hokkien culture and traditions from Jan 11 to Feb 17.
Within the main concourse of the mall is the “Fuzhou area” – a labyrinth of ancient alleys lined with red lanterns and cherry blossom trees to give visitors a glimpse of life in the old days when the air was constantly filled with the scent of kumquat – a fruit that the Chinese believe not only brings wealth but also exudes vibes of good fortune. Blooming peonies to symbolise prosperity add to the deco within the enclosed courtyard.
There will also be Hokkien puppet show – known locally as “po te hi” – on Feb 2 and 3. The show starts at 1pm.
At the Straits Quay Retail Mall, the God of Prosperity will make an appearance to share wealth with shoppers. There will also be a traditional dragon dance, chingay acrobatic performance and traditional Southern acrobatic lion dance to entertain visitors.