By The Nation
An acrobatic troupe from Shandong province put on a spectacular lion’s dance made up of 63 lions to represent the year of the Buddhist era plus one to indicate progression, and a 50-metre LED dragon that brought roars of delight from the audience.
Shoppers queued up for a photo shoot wearing contemporary Chinese costumes against a 3-dimensional set, admired the exhibition of 9 lucky pig sculptures in different postures to reflect the prosperity and happiness throughout the year, listened to the story behind the decoration of the 3 shopping centres to welcome the Chinese New Year at One Siam and enjoyed shopping.
The event kicked off at Siam Paragon with a blessing ceremony and was followed by the performance from Shandong’s Jining Acrobatic Troupe, which won a gold medal at the 6th National Golden Lion Competition – the largest acrobatic competition in China. Their show, which highlighted the troupe’s strength, harmony and sophistication, was divided into 10 lucky colours representing all 5 elements: water (blue, navy blue, black), wood (green), fire (red, pink, purple) earth (orange) and gold (golden-yellow, silver-white).
Celebrities Sakollawat “Wier” Kanarot' and Ranee “Bella” Campen starred as young lovers in portraying China’s legend of red threads of fate. Bella wore a jewellery set from Blue River worth more than Bt99 million, reflecting the wealth of the new year.
At Siam Center, customers enjoyed the photo shoot in contemporary Chinese style costumes on a set designed especially for the event. Siam Discovery, meanwhile, played host to the exhibition of nine lucky pig sculptures in different postures, reflecting happiness, love, fortune, fulfilment, good luck, prosperity, longevity, success and wealth. The sculptures were made from papier mache and hand painted.