KL celebrates Chinese New Year

A man hangs lanterns at a temple in Kuala Lumpur. Red lanterns symbolise prosperity, and are used as decorations during major festivals.A young drummer sits in between the Tanggus, traditional drums played during lion dance performances.Tools used in traditional Chinese calligraphy. Chinese calligraphers use four tools – brush, ink, paper, and ink stone, collectively known as The Four Treasures of the Study.Chinese calligraphy is a key feature of the Chinese New Year celebration. The word “ong” (luck) is usually written on red paper in black ink using a special brush and hung around homes or business premises.Red lanterns fill a temple in Kuala Lumpur, to symbolise a red sea of joy and good fortune.Yee sang, a ritual where a mixture of ingredients is tossed high in the air with a shout of “Loh Hey”, which literally means to “move upwards”.The yee sang dish comprises thin slices of pickled vegetables, enhanced by a special sauce to bring out a distinctive flavour.The Chinese lunar new year is also an occasion for Buddhists to leave offerings for deities.On Chinese New Year, people burn incense and pray for good luck.Decorative versions of the pots used to ferment Chinese wine. The real versions of the wine can be used in cooking or can be drunk straight away.A decorative canal at Berjaya Times Square in Kuala Lumpur.