KOTA KINABALU: The Chinese New Year Carnival jointly organised by the Federation of Chinese Associations Sabah (FCAS) and City Hall will be held at Padang Merdeka on January 23-26 from 6pm to 11pm.
The carnival was originally scheduled for January 20-22 at Gaya Street.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman will open the carnival at 7pm on January 23, while Minister of Special Tasks Datuk Teo Chee Kang will close the event at 7pm on January 26.
The FCAS social and welfare bureau will host a dinner for senior citizens and orphans on January 24. The wife of the Chief Minister Datin Seri Hajah Faridah Haji Tussin will grace the event.
FCAS President Datuk Seri TC Goh said the organising committee, headed by the federation’s vice president, Datuk Susan Wong Siew Guen was currently making preparations for the carnival.
He said among the highlights were entertainment programmes such as singing and dancing by school students, traditional Chinese cultural shows, as well as dragon and lion dance performances.
“Apart from booths selling Chinese New Year goods and foodstuff, we are also organising four open competitions – children’s talent contest, singing competition, dance competition and cheongsam pageant contest.
“We hope to attract people from all age groups to the carnival to celebrate the Chinese New Year together,” he said after a meeting with Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai at City Hall building here, recently.
Although the carnival was moved to a later date, Goh said the event would be equally exciting and joyous as the previous years.
“With days to go before Chinese New Year, I believe KK folks are already in a festive mood as we enter the Year of the Rooster.”
Goh also said carnival goers could continue their Chinese New Year shopping at the night market after the carnival ends on January 26.
He said Chinese New Year is a major and most important festival celebrated by the Chinese community. “Let us preserve our strong unity and culture,” he said.
Also present were FCAS vice presidents, Datuk Chua Soon Ping and Datuk Agnes Shim.
Source : The Borneo Post