FHI Gong Xi Fai Charity Treat 2016

Kids performing in a charity treat at Federal Hotels
A charity dinner held at Federal Hotels International
Gong Xi Fai festive decorations at Federal International
A lady serving snacks at  Federal Hotels International

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chap Goh Mei! Festive Charity Get together organized an annual Festive charity event jointly organized by the FHI Group of Hotels on Friday, 19 February 2016 at the new Ballroom 1 of The Federal Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with the auspicious year of the Fire Monkey commencing 8 February 2016.  The Year of the Fire Monkey is the ninth year in the cycle of the Heavenly Branches. The 15th day of the first lunar month (or Chap Goh Mei in Hokkien), is also known as Chinese Valentine’s Day. To hive up the atmosphere, the old folks and children were received 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.  Entered the prosperity door of the hotel with complete festive imperial setting - an Imperial Garden Pavilion with magnificent festive décor and blossoms inspired by the Imperial Chinese courtyard with 8th golden Monkeys welcoming guests with the theme “Feast of Prosperity, Good Luck and Good Fortune”.

Ms Ooi Lee Ping, Director of Group Marketing, Sales and Business Development of Federal Hotels International said “Enter the Auspicious Lunar Chinese New Year of the Fire Monkey and welcome in the Happy & Prosperous Lunar New Year of the Monkey with an abundance of Good Luck, Good Health, Good Fortune, Longevity, Happiness & Harmony and be bestowed with good luck and good fortune throughout the year.  As part of our continuous FHI Group sharing and caring community commitments, this is our 14th 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 & Chap Goh Mei 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 110 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 acrobatic lion dance followed by the spectacular energetic 24-seasons rhythmic drum performance and a Lunar New Year Dance Performance.  We have also organized a “The Wheel of the Fortune” team game for the old folks and children.”

“Let us come together to celebrate our beloved tradition of Loh Hei! Loh Hei! To Lo Sang, to toss higher & higher for an abundance of Prosperity, Good Luck, Good Fortune, Good Health Wealth, Joy, Happiness, Peace & Harmony always.  The old folks and children will be treated to a sumptuous Chinese New Year Prosperity Lunch 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.” said Mr Simon Leong, Senior Area General Manager of Federal Hotels International.

Our Team of Chefs embraced the Lunar New Year of the Fire Monkey 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 the 鲜果三文鱼生 Fa Cai Salmon “Yee Sang”, 虫草花海味 Double Boiled Dried Top Shell and Cordyceps Flowers, 油皇龙虎斑 Steamed “Dragon Tiger” Groupie with Superior Soy Sauce, 粤式椒盐鲜虾 Deep Fried Prawns with Baked Salt, 翡翠一品时蔬 Braised Dried Seafood &Mushroom surround Vegetables, 瓦煲海南鸡饭 Hainanese Chicken Rice in Clay Pot, 香芋西米奶露 Cream of Yam and Sago, 猴年双喜美点 Chinese Sesame Ball and Mochee.

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, pamelo 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.  We will also be presenting a special Gong Xi Fa Cai festive hampers to all three Homes.  Every old folk and child will also receive a special gift as well as Ang Pows.  Our FHI Team has decorated the newly renovated 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 wish everyone Gong Xi Fa Cai, Good Luck, Good Health, Good Fortune, Wealth, Peace, Harmony, Prosperity & Happiness Always & Happy Chap Goh Mei!