Lion dance in Kuala Lumpur
When it comes to seeing in the New Year without upsetting others, TenCate Geosynthetics in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) certainly knows a thing or two. For several years now, the hundred-strong workforce of the company have celebrated the Chinese New Year, and a traditional part of this is Wu Shi: the lion dance: bringer of prosperity and good fortune in the new year.
For the Chinese, the Chinese New Year – also known as the spring festival – is the most important festival of all. It is celebrated from the first to the fifteenth day of the first month of the Chinese calendar. TenCate Geosynthetics Asia usually invites customers and business partners to the celebrations.
On New Year’s Day itself the lion dance is performed on company grounds and then a communal lunch is enjoyed. And so it was on 1 February 2012 – the first day of the year 4709 according to the Chinese calendar. The Chinese New Year period ends with a lantern festival on the fifteenth day of the new year.