Sep 25, 2009

KL Lantern Festival 2009

date: 26th Sept 2009
Time: 7pm till 11pm. Will end at 10pm so that we can take public transport home.
Venue: Central Market
Transport : on your own but advise to use public transport as there will be road closure.
Waiting/ meet up time and place: Central Market main entrance facing the car park 6.30pm sharp.
what to bring: Camera with film and plenty of memory card, water, sense of humors and creativity.
notes: be careful with your belongings. This is a last minutes notice so students are going at your own risk.

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 15 (Bernama) -- Come Sept 26, a large-scale lantern festival will be held at Central Market to promote the 1Malaysia spirit and lure foreign tourists.

"Besides that, we hope to introduce and promote Chinese celebrations to other races and foreigners," said Kuala Lumpur Action Council general manager Datuk Yew Teong Look at a news conference on the KL Lantern Festival 2009.

The event which is supported by the tourism ministry and 100 non-governmental organisations is expected to see 20,000 visitors, mostly foreigners.

The council is looking at the potential of turning the annual celebration into a tourism product.

Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen will launch the festival when she lights up a 1Malaysia logo-shaped lantern.

Some 20,000 people are expected to take part in the lantern parade that will be flagged off from Central Market.

There will be lion and dragon dance as well as entertainment by local artistes, including this year's 2009 8TV Ultimate Power Group winner, FRIENDZ, in the forecourt of the market.

Festive revellers light up lanterns in conjuction with the Mooncake Festival which falls on Oct 3.