Celebrate the Golden Rat at Central Embassy

Auspicious colourful lions. Photos courtesy of Central Embassy

Central Embassy will be transformed into a Chinese playground decorated with a colourful installation that will take everyone on a nostalgia trip during "Central Embassy Chinese New Year Festival 2020" from tomorrow until Jan 26.

Marking the Year of the Golden Rat, the celebratory event presents a mixture of traditional and contemporary Chinese culture through special shows and activities.

The highlight will be the opening ceremony, featuring the "Golden Dragon God" show in front of the shopping mall tomorrow at 7pm. This will be followed by a lion pole dance, with nine colourful auspicious lions, and a traditional Chinese dance. The programme will be repeated on Chinese New Year at noon and again at 6pm. Many other cultural shows will take place Jan 23-26.

The 11-day celebration will see a colourful display of lanterns and a shadow play reflecting Chinese art and culture on the ground floor. Families and friends are invited to pose for photos by a professional photographer in a traditional Chinese setting and take part in a Chinaware painting workshop.

Visitors can write wishes on a board using Chinese brushes and hang them under the "Lucky Orange Tree", then take photos of themselves in traditional Chinese costume at the Balcony Zone, 2nd floor.

Enjoy shopping at the "Dragon Market" on the 5th floor, where more than 20 shops will be offering special gifts, food and souvenirs. There will be DIY workshops on how to make Chinese toys such as pong pang (paper drums), dragons and paper lanterns. These will take place every weekend throughout this month from noon to 6pm at the Open House, 6th floor.

Foodies can indulge in the authentic taste of Chinese cuisine at Eathai on the lower ground floor, featuring popular dishes from various shops and restaurants, such as red pork from Je-tiang Moo Daeng Tubtim, pork rib with rice from Stark Food, noodles with fishballs from Sa-at Luk Chin Pla, deep-fried treats from Kong Tod Jai Dee and more.

Diners will be kept enchanted with live Chinese music performances and a variety of activities. Pae Yim, the traditional smiling Chinese mascot, will make an appearance, giving out red envelopes. Every 500 baht spent at Eathai entitles you to a free fortunetelling service via palm reading or numerology.

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A paper lantern. Central Embassy