| Achong Tanjong |
THE Chinese community across Brunei Darussalam yesterday continued holding open house gatherings in conjunction with the Lunar New Year celebration.
As part of Chinese tradition, hosts share their festive joy by welcoming their relatives, friends and colleagues from all communities, to wish them luck, health and happiness in the year ahead.
The first day of the celebration saw Lim Peng Kok host a gathering at his residence in Kg Subok, which was attended by the Senior Assistant Chief of Adat Istiadat Negara, YAM Pengiran Seri Wijaya Pengiran Haji Ahmad bin Pengiran Mohd Yusof.
Also, the Deputy President of the Brunei-China Friendship Association, Ang Swee Chuan, who also resides in Kg Subok, was visited by the Minister of Home Affairs, Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman; Grand Chamberlain, YAM Pengiran Penggawa Laila Bentara Istiadat Diraja Dalam Istana Pengiran Haji Alauddin bin Pengiran Paduka Tuan Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar and other executive committee members of the association.
The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah and Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, paid a courtesy visit to the home of Aifa Sdn Bhd’s Managing Director, Dr Andy Lau Sie Chuong. They were greeted upon arrival by Dr Lau and his wife Lily Ngu, the General Manager of Aifa. The Grand Chamberlain could also be seen mingling with the guests.
The second day of the celebration saw the Board of Directors of Chung Hwa Middle School in Tutong, Soon Seng Lee, hold an open house gathering that was attended by the Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman, at his residence in Kg Gadong.
A dragon and lion dance by a troupe from Chung Hwa School BSB enlivened the celebration as guests enjoyed a variety of food and mandarin oranges.