'72 monkey tricks' up at temple near KL

'72 monkey tricks' up at temple near KL
Monkey business: Four of the 72 monkey lanterns lit up during the inauguration of the temple’s Lantern and Floral Festival in Jenjarom, Selangor.
PHOTO: The Star/ANN

JENJAROM - Every year, the Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Temple here launches a Lantern and Floral Festival to usher in the Chinese New Year.

And this time, a total of 72 monkey-shaped lanterns adorn the temple grounds to usher in the Year of the Monkey.

"All of the monkey lanterns were made by the nuns and temple workers; nothing is bought," said the temple's Chief Abbess Venerable Rev Jue Cheng.

Speaking from Taiwan where she is attending a meeting, Rev Jue said the temple will also feature more than 5,000 orchids that were cultivated within the temple grounds.

"There are a lot of special and beautiful features here to usher in the Year of the Monkey," she said.

Fo Guang Shan Malaysia public relations officer Seow Chye Hiap said the 72 lanterns depict monkeys in 72 different poses.

"There is this saying that the monkey has 72 different tricks to play and the monkey lanterns represent these," said Seow at the temple yesterday.

He said the theme of the temple's Lantern and Floral Festival this year is "Be Smart and Agile".

"This is reflective of the monkey, which is a smart and agile animal with many tricks up its sleeve," Seow said.

He said the festival will be officially launched and opened to the public today.

The Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Temple Lantern and Floral Festival will be held from 10am to 10pm daily until May 22.

"Admission is free," added Seow.

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