KUALA LUMPUR - Visitors to the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and Fahrenheit 88 shopping malls will be dazzled by the spectacular display of giant lanterns lighting up several areas in the mall.
The lanterns of various shapes and sizes were put up in conjunction with the sixth 1Malaysia Lantern Tourism Festival 2014.
The event aims to popularise the festival among Malaysians.
A total of 200 giant lanterns will be on display, featuring designs of mosques, ketupat, animals - such as panda and wild horses - and legendary characters.
This year's festival is the biggest ever, taking place in both Pavilion and Fahrenheit 88 with 12 lantern zones that occupy Pavilion's outdoor spaces, fountain area and the sixth floor.
As for Fahrenheit 88, which is across the street from Pavilion, the lanterns will be on display at its concourse area.
The Prime Minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who attended the opening ceremony on Friday night, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had in 2009 called for the lantern festival to be made into an annual event for people to celebrate the uniqueness of Malaysia based on a 1Malaysia concept.
Rosmah said each race in Malaysia has its own unique culture that everyone should be proud of.
"If we can all celebrate our culture, then this can be the key to unity.
"Although the lantern festival is predominantly celebrated by the Chinese community, it is good for all of us to celebrate this festival together as it can bring us closer," she added.
Malaysia Lantern Art Association president Datuk Liew Kon Seng encouraged people of all races to appreciate lanterns in line with the 1Malaysia concept.
"The promotion of unity through the 1Malaysia concept is a mission. In order to succeed, the joint efforts of the Government and the people are important," he added.
Also present were Tourism Malaysia chairman Tan Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen and Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib.
The lanterns are on display from now to Oct 12.
The Taiwan Tourism Board has brought in master craftsmen to share their knowledge in the art of making giant lanterns.