Sunday, February 10, 2013

Thousands watch the closing spectacles of Kota Kinabalu's 8th Chinese New Year Carnival

Dazzling fireworks lit up the night sky as thousands of city folks, young and old, gazed up the sky at Gaya Street in Kota Kinabalu to savour the evening's highlight that marked the grand finale of the Chinese New Year Carnival on Wednesday.

Harmony and camaraderie permeated the three-day festival  that put on display Sabah's profusion of cultures and traditions.

Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Yee Moh Chai expressed great happiness to see people of different cultures and backgrounds joining in the celebrations.

"This Chinese New Year Carnival here is also a celebration of Sabah's multi-cultural heritage which has been, and will remain a source of strength and pride for generations to come" he said.

Datuk Yee hoped that the Lunar New Year festivities have set the stage for many more happy celebrations in the future.

Gaya Street was abuzz with night-market traders peddling seasonal Chinese snacks and an assortment of food and decorative items that popped up all over town during the Chinese New Year festive period.

As had been the case with previous carnivals, the 8th celebration at Gaya Street was organised by Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) and the State Assemblyman for Api-Api.

The carnival attracted a multitude of people from all walks of life, including tourists who thronged Lintasan Deasoka to take in the festive mood and atmosphere.

There were many attractions to delight all, such as the impressive show of skill and nerves by the lion dance and dragon dance troups who choreographed their performances appropriately  to herald the Year of the Serpent.

While every animal in the Chinese zodiac carries its own set of attributes, some people see the snake year as having propitious influence too, despite the snake's not being a very attractive animal to many people.

Business has been  excellent for many Gaya Street traders who earn an average RM1000 per day, perhaps more, since the start of the carnival.

“So far, business has been great and we’re looking forward to a great year ahead,” beamed Anthony Tham, 54, a financial advisor who enjoyed selling organic products and local Chinese goods to customers together with his wife Sally Okiong Danial, 51.