People in Brunei, especially Chinese locals, welcomed the first day of the Year of the Rabbit yesterday, with various celebrations, including lion dances and open house gatherings.
In the morning, locals and foreigners were attracted by the dragon and lion dancing activities in front of the Tengyun Temple, the historic temple located in the city centre of Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei’s capital.
“It is the first time that I have watched the dragon and lion dances so close here in Brunei,” Melissa Johnson, an Australian who works in Brunei said.
“I am very much impressed with the performance and the joy and happiness shared by the people during the Chinese New Year celebrations,” she added.
Some government agencies and royal family members also joined celebrations with the local Chinese community.
Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, joined the celebrations yesterday.
He and his family also participated in the Yusheng, or tossing up and sharing the same plate of food, during his visits to several Chinese families.
“It is the time of the year for family get-togethers, fresh starts and new hopes for a joyful year to come for our Chinese friends and families. Happy Lunar New Year 2023,” Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department said, on social media.
The local Chinese community also celebrated the Year of the Rabbit with traditional open house gatherings.
As a unique way of celebrating the new year, the open house tradition means opening homes to relatives, friends and even strangers to share the season’s joy with guests.–
Source: NAM News Network