by Anne Das
As the Lunar New Year approaches, Ipoh eagerly anticipates the 5th annual Calligraphy Couplets event at Tin Alley, weaving together tradition, unity, and a burst of vibrancy. Building on the success of last year’s theme, ‘Muhibbah,’ which signified unity and togetherness, this cultural celebration promises a vibrant spectacle happening this weekend.
Traditionally, Spring Couplets, or “Chun Lian,” adorned in red, symbolise good fortune, peace, and prosperity. This year, Tin Alley, under the guidance of visionary Kai Lek Tan, introduces a delightful twist. In addition to the auspicious red, the couplets will burst forth in a spectrum of colours, representing the unity of cultures that define Ipoh’s rich tapestry.
“Colours have a universal language that transcends barriers. This year, we’re adding a vibrant touch to our cherished tradition, creating a symphony of cultures and colours,” expressed Kai Lek Tan.
The writing of the Spring Festival Couplets is a convergence of cultures, with participants contributing their congratulatory messages in various languages onto vibrant red and coloured cloths. The departure from tradition not only adds a splash of visual delight but also serves as a symbol of unity among cultures, a theme that remains at the heart of Ipoh’s identity.
The event boasts over 100 couplets, more than double the count from the previous year. Among them, 50 impressive 20ft-long cloths will grace the pillars, while an additional 50 shorter ones will enhance the shop lots, creating a captivating display.
Adding to the rhythmic beats of tradition, the event will feature the pulse-pounding resonance of traditional drums, reminiscent of last year’s excitement, echoing through the lanes of Lorong Bijeh Timah.
While revelling in the beauty of tradition, there’s also a nod to environmental consciousness. Kai Lek Tan, a staunch advocate for cultural preservation, has infused an eco-friendly element into the celebration. The coloured cloth, recycled from previous events held at Tin Alley, apart from its cultural symbolism, highlights Tin Alley’s commitment to sustainability and environmental awareness.
Don’t miss this extraordinary event that promises to be even more vibrant than last year!
(P/S It’s advisable to wear comfortable shoes and light clothing as it’s an outdoor celebration.)
LOCATION : Tin Alley, Lorong Bijeh Timah, 30000, Ipoh, Perak.
DATE : 28th January 2024 (SUNDAY),
TIME : 8 am onwards
NOTE :The Spring couplets will be on display for a whole month.
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Experience the rich tapestry of cultures, enjoy the rhythmic beats of traditional drums, and celebrate in the spirit of unity and goodwill.