Cultural diversity among the citizens of Ipoh continues to be fueled through the celebration of the 2022 Lantern Festival organised by the Perak Kwong Siew Descendants Association (Women’s Section).
The event was celebrated in a lively atmosphere last night as it was attended and officiated by the City Secretary, Ahmad Munir Ishak.
A highlight occurred whereby at approximately 8.30pm, a procession of five dragon troupes marched around the block, amid a multicultural crowd holding lanterns that were made during a lantern making workshop earlier in the day.
Also present was Ipoh City Council (MBI), Councillor Albert Ho; President of the Perak Kwong Siew Descendants Association (Women’s Section), Cindy Chow and her deputy, Camees Foong.
MBI in a statement informed that the party was attended by more than 300 people from various walks of life, who celebrated in the spirit of goodwill.
Several associations, such as other non-governmental organizations (NGOs), were also present such as the Chinese Muslim Organization and the Indian Muslim Association.
In a statement, “This party filled with various beneficial activities is expected to cheer up and enliven the atmosphere in Ipoh City. MBI always encourages more associations like the Perak Kwong Siew Descendants Association in organising various community activities such as the 2022 Lantern Festival. This is in line with the Council’s new slogan which is ‘Ipoh Bestari Sejahtera’.
The Moon Cake Festival or the Mid-Autumn Festival is a celebration of agricultural produce and is also associated with the Lantern Festival.
This Moon Cake Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month in the Chinese calendar, which is from the end of August to the end of September.
Hopefully there will be many more activities like this in the future to further strengthen harmony and unity in Ipoh City and beyond in Perak.
by Rosli Mansor Ahmad Razali