Chinese New Year is a family affair, a time of reunion and thanksgiving, steeped in many traditions and themes of good luck, fortune, happiness, wealth and longevity. The New Year’s Eve feast symbolises family unity while honouring past and present generations. On New Year’s Day, families gather, clean their houses and sweep away bad fortune.
2017, the Chinese Year of the Red Fire Rooster, is expected to be a year that rewards dynamism and rejects laziness; a year to manifest your dreams. Having the courage of your convictions will pay off in a big way in 2017. For the ancestors, who had no alarm clocks, the crowing of the rooster was very significant as that was what would awaken people to get up and start work. Therefore, the early bird will definitely catch the worm during this go-getting time. The main virtues of those born in the year of the rooster are punctuality and loyalty. Roosters make devoted friends; they keep their promises and are always true to their word.
At InterContinental Bali Resort, our Chinese New Year celebrations kick-off on Thursday, 26th January at 7pm at the Main Pool Deck, when you will have the opportunity to launch a Flying Lantern as a symbol of good luck. As you release all of your worries and problems away, make a wish and marvel at the beauty of the many fire lanterns floating silently into the night sky over Jimbaran Bay.
Our Yee Sang Prosperity New Year’s Eve Dinner will take place from 7pm onwards at Taman Gita Terrace. Featuring dishes that are believed to bring health, wealth and happiness for the coming 12 months, this sumptuous feast begins with ‘crab and corn scallion egg drop soup’ served with ‘mantaou’ – a steamed wheat bread from North China, which is always found on Chinese New Year dinner tables. This is followed by traditional salads and appetisers – including ‘chilli-marinated Chinese cabbage salad’ and ‘century eggs and lapcion sausage’ plus a wide selection of delicious hot dishes, and a live station presenting three kinds of noodles – representative of long life – together with Jimbaran seafood, sliced chicken, beef, pork and a selection of condiments. Hot dishes include ‘steamed grouper with oyster mushroom sauce’ – the fish is representative of togetherness and abundance – as well as ‘honey and sesame ginger chicken’, symbolising prosperity and completeness. Assorted dim sum include wongko, gyozza and siomay complemented by condiments such as sweet chilli, chilli sauce, black vinegar and scallion.
Guests at the Yee Sang Prosperity New Year’s Eve Dinner will be entertained by a performance of the Chinese Lion Dance incorporating the acrobatic martial art movements of Wushu. Accompanied by the music of beating drums, clashing cymbals, and resounding gongs, this vibrant, exciting dance expresses joy and happiness. The lion is used to summon luck and good fortune; he is an auspicious animal and a symbol of protection. It is also believed that the noise from the drums, the face of the lion, and the way in which the lion dances scares away bad or evil spirits.
The Yee Sang Prosperity New Year’s Eve event is priced at Rp 546,000 ++ per person including free flow soft drinks and juices, or Rp 756,000 ++ per person including free flow soft drinks, juices, selected cocktails and house wine. The event is complimentary for children under seven years of age when dining with their parents. All prices are subject to 10% service charge & 11% government tax. Terms and conditions apply.
On Saturday, 28 January 2017, the festivities will continue with the release of more Flying Lanterns at the Main Pool Deck at 7pm. The ‘Spirit of Bali’ event will then take place at Taman Gita Terrace, at which you can relish a feast of traditional Balinese cuisine with yellow rice as its centrepiece, accompanied by ‘Okokan,’ ‘Tektekan’ and ‘Calonarang’ sacred dance rituals from 7 pm onwards, priced at Rp 546,000 ++ per person including free flow soft drinks and juices, or Rp 756,000 ++ per person including free flow soft drinks, juices, selected cocktails and house wine.
All prices are subject to 10% service charge & 11% government tax.