Jonker's Street is now bustling with more visitors seeing that the pandemic has been stabilized. If you have not been there, there is plenty for local and international tourists to take in, from the Baba Nyonya culture, local food and antique shops to the festive weekend market.
We are checking out the new Instagram-worthy Biggest Peranakan Lantern as acknowledged by the Malaysia Book of Records. Sponsored by Himalaya Sports candy, the giant lanterns measure in at 12-feet high and 8-feet wide and will be on display at the Jonker Walk Committee office until 30 June 2023.
It boasts a beautiful design which depicts the historic and legendary voyage by Admiral Zheng He to Malacca for diplomatic and trade purposes at the behest of the Ming dynasty emperor in the early 15th century, which would later develop into strong ties between the two kingdoms and led to our Peranakan culture.
A unique blend of Chinese and Malay customs, the Peranakan culture is evident in their language, dressing, cuisine, as well as the traditional art of lantern-making – a craft believed to be brought by the Chinese Admiral Zheng He’s skilled crew members to the Malay Peninsula during his voyage.
Traditionally made from bamboo which symbolizes strength and virtue, the lanterns are hung at the entrance of homes during joyful occasions and days of ancestral prayers by the Peranakan Chinese. It is also called surname lantern because the family name and clan are prominently painted on them in addition to vibrant drawings symbolizing aspects of Chinese culture, and is often passed down through generations.
From right to left: (In orange batik) Datuk Ronald Gan, chairman of Malaysia Baba and Nyonya Association; Datuk Gan Tian Loo, Melaka Jonker Walk Committee chairman; and Datuk Kenny Low, chairman and managing director of Nicko Jeep Manufacture poses with the team in front of the Himalaya Sports “Biggest Peranakan Lantern” at the Jonker Walk arch
The launch of the magnificent lanterns, witnessed by the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dato Sri Tiong King Sing, and Melaka Jonker Walk Committee Chairman, Datuk Wira Gan Tian Loo is part of Himalaya Sports branding initiative at this top tourist destination where it is also the official sponsor for the third year for the Walk’s entrance arches and 800 auspicious red lanterns dotting the skies at the historic Chinatown area.
Datuk Kenny Low, the founder and managing director of Nicko Jeep Manufacture Sdn. Bhd. which owns Himalaya Sports said, “It is a great opportunity for Himalaya Sports to return as a sponsor at Jonker Walk and this time with travel restrictions lifted, we wanted to mark the occasion with something extra special and memorable. Through our partnership with the Jonker Walk Committee, we hope to play a small part in supporting our tourism industry to recover from the devastating impact of the pandemic period and we hope that the Biggest Peranakan Lantern will be a new attraction to draw tourists to Jonker Walk.”
Adding to the Chinese New Year cheer is Himalaya Sports ‘SPOT, SNAP & WIN’ contest. From now until 28th February, we can study the pair of Peranakan lanterns to spot the number of Himalaya Sports candy packs hidden within the intricate designs and win cash prizes worth RM19,888 for an auspicious start to the Year of the Rabbit.
Well, here are the contest mechanics:
1. Visit the Himalaya Sports lanterns at the Jonker Walk Committee Office
2. Spot as many Himalaya Sports candy packs as you can printed on both lanterns
3. Snap a selfie with the lanterns
4. Submit your selfie and answer in the Himalaya Sports Malaysia Facebook comments
5. Like the Himalaya Sports Malaysia Facebook Page
Check out these goodies to be won!
· Grand Prize – RM3,888 cash prize & Himalaya Sports Goodies
· 3 x 1st Prize – RM1,888 cash prize & Himalaya Sports Goodies
· 5 x 2nd Prize – RM888 cash prize & Himalaya Sports Goodies
· 8 x 3rd Prize – RM388 cash prize & Himalaya Sports Goodies
· 21 x 4th Prize – RM88 cash prize & Himalaya Sports Goodies
· 12 x Consolation Prize – Himalaya Sports Goodies
So head down to Jonker Walk soon to see the country’s Biggest Peranakan Lantern, and you may just hop into the new year with some extra spending money!
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