FHI Chinese New Year Charity Dinner 2018

4 people posing to the camera at Federal Hotels International
Guests playing a traditional game with a dish at Federal Hotels
Chinese New Year Dinner 2018 at Federal Hotels International

Federal Hotels International (FHI) and the FHI Group of Hotels in Kuala Lumpur namely The Federal Kuala Lumpur, and Hotel Capitol Kuala Lumpur welcome the auspicious lunar year of Year of the Earth Dog.  Our FHI Group Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chap Goh Mei! Festive Charity Get together is an annual Festive charity event jointly organized by the FHI Group of Hotels, and this year will be held on Tuesday, 27 February 2018 at Ballroom 1 of The Federal Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with the auspicious year of the Earth Dog commencing 16 February 2018.  The Year of the Earth Dog is the 11th year in the cycle of the Heavenly Branches.  To hive up the atmosphere, the old folks and children will be captivated by the grand welcome of the impressive Lion dance performance by Ti-Ratana Children Welfare Society Lion Dance troupe at the prosperity door of The Federal Kuala Lumpur.  Enter the prosperity door of the hotel with complete festive imperial setting - an Imperial Garden Pavilion with magnificent décor and blossoms inspired by the Imperial Chinese courtyard with a Chinese golden money tree welcoming guests for good luck and good fortune.

Ms Ooi Lee Ping, Director of Group Marketing, Sales and Business Development of Federal Hotels International said “2018 is the auspicious Year of the Earth Dog.  As part of our continuous FHI Group sharing and caring community commitments, this is our 16th consecutive year that Federal Hotels International together with our FHI Hotels namely The Federal Kuala Lumpur and Hotel Capitol Kuala Lumpur, are organizing this Gong Xi Fa Cai Festive Charity Treat, and we hope that this gift from our hearts will continue to bring more smiles, joy and happiness all round as there is no greater joy than be able to warm the hearts, spread good cheer and bring a smile to the old folks and children.  Traditionally Chinese New Year is a time for family reunion, a joyous occasion for family get together and Open House for family, relatives, neighbours, friends, colleagues and partners.  We hope to share this memorable joyous occasion once again together with some 120 old folks and children from these four homes namely Ti-Ratana Welfare Society, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Siri Jayanti, Pusat Jagaan Warga Emas Chan old folks home and Angel Children Home.  Most importantly, we want them to know that we care and remember them during this joyous festive season.  We are very happy indeed that the Ti-Ratana Lion Dance Troupe ranging from 7 years old to 18 years old are joining us again to officially open up our Prosperity Door, to welcome these old folks and children as well as showcasing their spectacular acrobatic lion dance followed by the spectacular 24-seasons drum performance and a Lunar New Year Dance Performance which feature strong rhythm with a unique artistic style that symbolizes best wishes for everyone.  We hope that everyone will enjoy this wonderful energetic Drum performance by the very talented team from Ti-Ratana symbolizing “Enter the Auspicious Lunar Chinese New Year of the Earth Dog.  We have also organized Prosperity team games for the old folks and children to participate.  We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our friends and partners of Federal Hotels International and FHI Group of Hotels a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous Lunar New Year filled with an abundance of Good Luck, Good Health, Good Fortune, Joy, Happiness & Harmony throughout the Year of the Earth Dog.   So let us come together to celebrate our beloved tradition of Loh Hei! Loh Hei! to Lo Sang, to toss higher and higher for Prosperity, Good Luck, Good Fortune, Good Health and an abundance of Wealth, Joy, Happiness, Peace and Harmony always. Gong Xi Fa Cai, Gong Xi Gong Xi and & Happy Chap Goh Mei.  The old folks and children will be treated to a sumptuous Chinese New Year Prosperity Dinner inclusive Yee Sang and traditional Chinese New Year favourites.  To celebrate this auspicious Happy Lunar New Year and festive spirit of joy and togetherness, the Management & Staff from Federal Hotels International & FHI Group of Hotels will toss the Prosperity Lo Sang together with the old folks and children.  Everyone will participate with their chopsticks in hand, to toss and mix the colourful vegetable salad comprising all the ingredients together, with lots of good wishes shouted loudly amidst smiles, laughter and spirit of togetherness, as the ingredients are tossed as high as possible, the higher you toss the greater your good fortune & good luck for the auspicious New Year.  We want the old folks and children to remember and enjoy this special day.  Our Team of Chefs embraced the Lunar New Year of the Earth Dog with a specially crafted delectable Chinese New Year Charity Treat menu featuring all the auspicious dishes for the great reunion dinner with the old folks and children to savour.  Each prosperity dish symbolizes a good meaning such as fish for abundance, prawn for joy and laughter; chicken for happiness.  The eight-course prosperous menu includes Special “Yee Sang” Served with Salmon (三文鱼捞生); Double Boiled Clear Chicken Soup with Black Mushroom (鸿图大展通四海; (花菇炖土鸡; Crispy Roasted Chicken (龙凤贺岁喜迎春 (脆皮烧鸡皇); Steamed Tiger Grouper Traditional Style(一帆风顺好扬名 (古法蒸虎斑); Baked Prawns with Honey(嘻哈同欢乐洋洋 (蜜汁焗明虾); Braised Black Mushroom & Bean Curd Skin with Vegetables得心应手万事胜 (冬菇豆筋时蔬); Fried Glutinous Rice Hong Kong Style(百子千孙传万家 (生炒糯米饭); Sweetened Dragon Fruits with Ginseng新春佳节甜如蜜 (参汁龙珠杲); Two Varieties of Dessert甜蜜鸳鸯影 (美点映双辉).”

A tradition in Malaysia, Yee Sang is a must to have item for reunion dinner. Yee Sang comprising salmon fish, white radish, carrot, preserved winter melon, fresh and pickled ginger, pomelo, coriander leaf, crispy crackers, chopped roasted peanuts, sesame seeds, picked onion slides and papaya slides.  To dress the Yee Sang, sweet sour plum sauce with a drizzle of oil, lime juice, five spice powder and a dash of white pepper will be used to pour over the Yee Sang.  Each and every of this exquisite ingredients has a special meaning or a symbol of good meaning i.e. crackers represents Happiness, peanut and sesame seeds signify Harvest, oil represents Wealth, pomelo stands for Good Luck.  The concoction of red, orange, green, gold, white and brown colour of the Yee Sang makes the dish a colourful feast for everyone to savour.

A gift of mandarin oranges, groundnut and Chinese New Year cookies is a tradition during Chinese New Year festive visits to families, relatives and friends.  Every old folk and child will also receive a special gift as well as Ang Pows.  Our FHI Team has decorated the Ballroom I at The Federal Kuala Lumpur in Lunar New Year auspicious festive colours of red and gold denoting good luck, good fortune and prosperity and with kumquat, pussy willow, red lanterns and many more.  Each brings a special meaning, for example the kumquat is a symbol of good luck, prosperity & wealth whilst the pussy willow is a symbol of longevity and red lantern symbolized good fortune.  The Management & Staff of Federal Hotels International and our FHI Group of Hotels namely The Federal Kuala Lumpur and Hotel Capitol Kuala Lumpur hereby wish everyone Gong Xi Fa Cai, Good Luck, Good Health, Good Fortune, Wealth, Peace, Harmony, Prosperity & Happiness Always & Happy Chap Goh Mei!