Saturday, February 09, 2008

Heralding Spring's Bountiful Offerings at the Concorde

Now, don’t bite me: A little boy feeding the lion with an orange at the Quality Hotel

THE sounds of big drums, beating of gongs and clashing of cymbals greeted the guests of the Concorde Hotel when 25 Kok Ngai Lion Dance Troupe members awakened the 'lions' at the main driveway to spread some luck and prosperity.

The “lions” took three bows to greet the audience and displayed impressive and gravity defying acrobatic feats, leaping from pole to pole and finally claiming the 'chai ching' (reward of lettuce and ang pow).

Not something you want to do at home: A stunning acrobatic performance by the Shandong Acrobatic Troupe.

Hotel executive assistant manager Andreas Knussi was presented with a platter of lettuce, pomelo, pineapple, bananas and kam (mandarin oranges.).

At the foyer, the hotel heralded the year of the rat with the Shandong Acrobatic troupe taking centre-stage with a 45-minute performance comprising contortionist in action, juggling acts and other acrobatic stunts.

Later the same lion troupe headed to the Quality Hotel in Shah Alam to transform yet another quiet morning into a lively atmosphere.

They were received by Quality Hotel general manager Johan Thomas Low Abdullah and hotel manager Amar Maarof Abdullah.

“This is something we do every year as part of our gesture to usher the Chinese New Year.

“Besides creating the Chinese New Year mood, we also hope that the lions would bring all of us some luck and prosperity,'' said Amar

Source : STAR
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