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Smooth preparations for Chinese National Cultural Festival in Sabah – Daily Express


Smooth preparations for the Chinese National Cultural Festival in Sabah

Posted on: Tuesday, July 18, 2023

By: Jimmy Goh

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Susan (second row, center) and her organizing committee are committed to providing the public with an exciting cultural extravaganza after their first meeting.

Kota Kinabalu: Preparations for the 38th Chinese National Cultural Festival 2023 in Sabah, themed “Cultural Kinabalu, Sharing Prosperity Between East and West Malaysia,” are currently in full swing, said the president of Sabah Federation of Chinese Associations (FCAS), Tan Sri Dr. TC Goh. . The organizing committee, headed by Datuk Susan Wong Siew Guen, had their first meeting recently where they promised to present the most exciting and vibrant cultural festival to the Malay people.

Susan said that the organizing committee is working hard on the series of programs that will take place from October 6 to 8 to create a rich experience and showcase of the various Chinese and other ethnic cultures in Sabah. “Organizing the Chinese National Cultural Festival requires a lot of manpower and money. “We hope everyone will support this event to keep our Chinese cultures alive in this multiracial nation,” she said after chairing the meeting. She also urged the public, schools, teachers, students and parents to participate in the cultural festival programs to show their support for the preservation and promotion of Chinese cultures.

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“Culture is the most valuable heritage that we inherit from our ancestors and that shapes our past, present and future. “We must cherish and safeguard our own cultures and, most importantly, pass them on to the next generation.”

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Susan also announced a number of activities as part of the cultural festival and encouraged the public to join in the celebrations. On October 6, there will be a welcome dinner for guests from all over Malaysia and abroad at the Sabah International Convention Center (SICC). The banquet will also be a prelude to the Chinese National Cultural Festival. This is followed by a packed day on October 7, beginning with the opening ceremony of the Cultural Village Exhibition at SICC’s second floor lobby at 9 am to showcase the customs and traditions of the local Chinese community, including the traditional clothing, food and objects they use. The exhibition will allow the public to learn about the wisdom of Chinese ancestors and their traditional cultures. Admission is free. A national Chinese calligraphy competition and exhibition will be held simultaneously in Hall 1, 2nd floor of SICC, as well as a Chinese chess competition in Hall 2. Meanwhile, a cultural food festival will be held at SICC Jesselton Square to provide the public with the opportunity to enjoy traditional Chinese food and fusion cuisines. Traditional food is meant to evoke childhood memories and a taste of home. A singing competition will be held at 3:00 pm in Hall 3 on the second floor of SICC, where talented local singers will serenade the audience with their songs. Another highlight of the day is the highly anticipated Mid-Autumn Lantern and Float Parade which will kick off at 6 pm. The Lantern Parade will kick off at SJK(C) Chung Hwa Kota Kinabalu to SICC Jesselton Square, while floats from Likas Sports Complex to Damai before reaching SICC Jesselton Square. The creative and colorful display of lanterns and floats will light up the city of Kota Kinabalu and create a joyful festive atmosphere all around. On the third day, October 8, there will be a large-scale children’s coloring contest in Hall 1, 2nd floor of SICC at 8 am. The program is a platform for children to unleash their talent and creativity through watercolors and colored pencils, while allowing parents to be involved in their artistic journey. The series of events culminates with the grand show and closing ceremony of the 38th Chinese National Cultural Festival on October 8 at 6:00 pm in Halls 1, 2 and 3 on the second floor of SICC. The public will be entertained by non-stop cultural performances, including a musical about the folktale of Mount Kinabalu and how Chinese immigrants made their way to Nanyang. The play tells the story of a Chinese prince who married a Kadazan maiden, only to leave Borneo for certain reasons and never returned. The woman climbed the mountain to await the return of her husband and finally turned to stone. On the other hand, the National Festival of Chinese Culture: The Torch Run is held all over Sabah to spread the cultural celebrations. On July 23 at 7:30am, the torch will reach its sixth stop at Sandakan, followed by Kudat on July 29 at 9:00am, Labuan on August 6 and Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu on August 20. . On September 24 at 7:30am, the torch will make its tenth stop at Keningau and Tenom, before heading to Ranau on September 25 at 9am, where it will be greeted by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima, Dr Joachim Gunsalam, and the Minister of Finance, Datuk Seri Panglima, Masidi Manjun, as the guest of honor. and special guest respectively. The flame will finally reach the top of Mount Kinabalu between September 26 and 28.
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