Devotees eagerly waiting for the doors of Thian Hock Keng to open at 10pm on the eve of Chinese New Year, 15 Feb 18.
The Traditional Hokkien String Puppet Show began promptly at 10pm attracting avid audience with the traditional Hokkien tunes.
SHHK Member Volunteer Guides shared with keen participants the history and architectural significance of Thian Hock Keng, an UNESCO awardee 2001. They also viewed the 3D Wall mural located at the back of the temple. Participants also experienced traditional customs of Chinese New Year like drinking red date tea for a sweet and happy year with good tidings. They also tasted titbits from a Tray of Togetherness. The guided tours are supported by The National Integration Council.
Another highlight of the night were the stilt walkers and mascots to welcome the Year of the Dog! They roamed and posed with participants for photos of these memorable moments.
Traditional lion and dragon dances ushering in the Year of the Dog. As the lion dances ended, the crowd surged forward to catch a glimpse of what they have arranged on the floor with the oranges. Huat Ah!