Today, the Filipino-Chinese community is gearing up to usher in the Lunar New Year under the Water Rabbit sign. In Chinese culture and astrology, the Rabbit is one of the luckiest among the twelve zodiac animals, which symbolizes longevity, peace, and prosperity.
Moreover, the Chinese practice of feng shui encourages people to engage in practices or utilize specific charms to protect their luck and fate throughout the year.
As the year of the Water Rabbit nears, Shangri-La Plaza partnered with The Bistro Group to welcome a new year under the Lunar calendar. The Bistro Group prides itself in its collection of international hospitality casual dining brands and homegrown concepts.
On January 18, executives from Shangri-La Plaza and The Bistro Group gathered at Modern Shanghai, The Bistro Group’s latest restaurant at the Shang, for the traditional Prosperity Toss.
The Prosperity Toss, also known as “yee sang,” is a raw fish salad with mixed shredded vegetables and sauces. It’s a Lunar New Year tradition, where family and friends usually gather around the dish and toss the salad together.
It encourages participants to toss the salad higher each time while wishing each other good fortune for the new year. It’s believed that blessings are woven into the salad with each toss before being enjoyed by all.
Leading the Prosperity Toss was Shang Properties Executive Director Wolfgang Krueger, Executive Vice President Gigo Jugo, Chief Operating Officer Karlo Estavillo, and Executive Vice President for Retail and Commercial Joy Polloso. Bistro Group President Jean Paul Manuud and Chef Manny Ballon of Modern Shanghai also joined the festivities.
Yet Shangri-La Plaza hopes to share the Lunar New Year festivities with its mallgoers through a series of curated experiences that cater to various preferences. For instance, those with a passion and stomach for Chinese cuisine can flock to Modern Shanghai to sample their dishes.
Shangri-La Plaza’s streetscape transforms into a Chinese street market to offer guests unique treats.
Meanwhile, art enthusiasts can marvel at the unique posters created by Ateneo Celadon students on display at the Shangri-La Plaza’s Grand Atrium until today, January 22. By then, mallgoers can also join an hour-long denim painting workshop.
There’s also something for film lovers at Shangri-La Plaza. The Spring Film Festival returns this 2023 until January 24 with entries highlighting the beauty of ancient and modern China through several themes, including self-discovery, love, and longing.
Shangri-La Plaza also offers special musical performances today afternoon at 4:30. These shows will feature classical Chinese music using traditional instruments at the Grand Atrium Mall guests can even expect to watch exciting dragon and lion dances, a highlight in every Lunar New Year celebration. These traditional dances during festive occasions aim to chase evil spirits away and welcome prosperous times.
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