The Lantern Festival, which is a Cantonese Heritage Trail in this city, is capable of boosting the tourism industry in Ipoh with its uniqueness and aura.
The Heritage Trail created from the three main races also symbolises the harmony and unity of the Malaysian Family.
The Mayor of Ipoh, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin @ Md Daud, said it was organised to promote and introduce the Cantonese tradition of celebrating the Zhong Jiu festival.
The festival that is synonymous with the name Mid-Autumn, among others, is a sign of gratitude for the harvest season bringing abundant yields throughout the year.
“This Lantern Festival is part of the Cantonese Heritage Trail developed in Ipoh, that is apart from the other three Heritage Trails to highlight Ipoh as a unique city, developed together with the three biggest races in Malaysia,” he said when speaking to officiate the Lantern Festival 2022 organised by Perak Nam Hoi Association and Perak Shun Tak Association last night.
Also present, Ipoh City Council Member (MBI), Prof. Dr Richard Ng who is also the chairman of the party’s organising committee.
Rumaizi also said MBI is preparing to receive tourists, which is expected to increase next year. The preparations for this include infrastructure and other facilities.
“Hopefully the citizens of Ipoh will come together with the MBI in keeping the city clean. As this will help in maintaining the image of the city of Ipoh as an unforgettable tourist destination.
The Mid-Autumn Festival or the Moon Cake festival is celebrated by the Chinese community on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese calendar, which is from the end of August to the end of September.
This festival is celebrated with children and adults carrying lanterns, in addition to enjoying the full moon with family and guests, while enjoying moon cakes and Chinese tea.
by Rosli Mansor