Photo blog: Finger pointing to the moon

There was a real carnival atmosphere at the 1Malaysia Chap Goh Meh Carnival 2012 held at the Fo Guang Shan (FGS) Dong Zen Buddhist Temple in Jenjarom, Selangor recently.

The carnival, attended by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, other cabinet ministers and dignitaries caused excitement and brought this small village town to a standstill.

Tens of thousands of locals and visitors present came not only to enjoy an evening of cultural and musical extravaganza but also to welcome and greet the VIP guests.

The carnival was organised jointly by Barisan Nasional Selangor, MCA and FGS Dong Zen Buddhist Temple to celebrate Chap Goh Meh, the last day of Chinese New Year celebrations.

The Chinese New Year celebrations last 15 days and Chap Goh Meh (the fifteenth night) is celebrated by the Chinese community with joy and excitement to mark the end of the festivities.

The FGS Dong Zen Buddhist Temple stands on two acres of land donated by a local in Jenjarom, a new village located between Klang and Banting in Selangor. It is famous for its beautiful and colourful decorations, red lanterns and flowers sprawling across the landscape. Its annual lantern and flower festival had drawn million of tourists from across the country, including from Singapore and Taiwan.

Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi visited the temple in 2007.

A pair of lions welcome guests and visitors to the 1Malaysia Chap Goh Meh Carnival 2012 at the FGS Dong Zen Buddhist Temple in Jenjarom
A dragon dance performance excites everyone
A lot of photo opportunities around the temple compound
Gerakan president Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon (left) greets Selangor MCA chairman Dato' Donald Lim Siang Chai
A section of the crowd in the tens of thousands waiting for the arrival of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
Selangor Umno liaison committee chairman Datuk Seri Noh Omar arrives to a warm welcome
MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (third from right) and his wife Datin Sri Lee Sun Loo (third from left) join the crowd in proudly displaying the 1Malaysia sign
Chief Abbess of Fo Guang Shan Malaysia and Singapore Venerable Jue Cheng (centre, in orange robe) with (from left) Selangor Umno liaison committee chairman Datuk Seri Noh Omar and MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai
Chinese ambassador to Malaysia Chai Xi (in blue shirt) arrives
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak arrives and is mobbed by the enthusiastic crowd
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is happy as he is met with large crowds welcoming him to the 1Malaysia Chap Goh Meh Carnival 2012
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak greets and shake hands with the crowd
Venerable Jue Chang (right) presents mandarain oranges to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak receives a pair of red paper lanterns as souvenir
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak receives a calligraphy with the characters "Heavenly Blessing and Protection" as a souvenir
Standing together as one by displaying the 1Malaysia sign
Finger pointing to the moon
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak addresses the crowd to bring far-reaching transformation to all Malaysians
Venerable Jue Cheng (left) and her VIP guests join the crowds in an evening of cultural and musical extravaganza
A great performance by Fresco Harmonica Ensemble
A diablo performance by pupils of SJK (C) Jenjarom
A brightly-lit "Harmony" Dragon boat on the lake at the FGS Dong Zen Buddhist Temple in Jenjarom
A beautiful decoration at the FGS Dong Zen Buddhist Temple in Jenjarom