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The Chinese New Year – also known as the Spring Festival – is celebrated in the second month after the Winter Festival. The Spring Festival is one of the three most important festivals in the Chinese lunar calendar, along with the Dragon Boat Festival and the Mid-Autumn Festival. This year, the Chinese New Year will be celebrated on 26 January 2009 and will usher in the Year of the Ox. The Ox symbolises steadfastness, solidity, dependability and ability to achieve great things.
Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta celebrates the arrival of the Year of the Ox by providing entertainment and indulgences for guests who celebrate the Chinese New Year. Lantern decorations will beautify the lobby as well as Shang Palace and SATOO restaurant. Ang pao hanging from pussy willow will be placed in public areas of the hotel, adding bliss to the festival. (Ang pao are red envelopes containing money usually given to younger family members.)
Shang Palace, the hotel’s Cantonese Chinese restaurant, will become the heart of the Chinese New Year celebrations. Shang Palace will offer diners three Spring Festival menus that can be enjoyed for lunch and dinner from 12 January to 9 February 2009. The Gold, Diamond and Jade set menus start at IDR488,000++ per person. During Chinese New Year’s Eve, performers will present live Chinese music for the pleasure of diners.
A dish that is precious to the Chinese community, especially during Chinese New Year, is the Yu Sheng. Yu Sheng is a colourful salad served with raw fish (literally, yu means fish and sheng means raw). Raw fish symbolises new life, while the word yu is also used to represent welfare.
Eating Yu Sheng can be quite a spectacle. Diners gathering around the table can participate in mixing the Yu Sheng. By using chopsticks, diners mix the salad and raw fish together. Once the salad and fish have been mixed, guests raise the combination using chopsticks, exclaiming, "Lo hei", which can be translated as "to mix" and also "for a never-ending fortune". Yu Sheng is available from 12 January to 9 February 2009 in the three options of Jelly Fish Yu Sheng (IDR148,000++ per person), Salmon Yu Sheng (IDR158,000++ per person) and Abalone Yu Sheng (IDR388,000++ per person).
At SATOO restaurant, diners will find the Chinese New Year will be more like a culinary voyage featuring delectable dishes served at the 12 open kitchen stations. The journey of flavours can be enjoyed on 25 and 26 January 2009 with prices starting at IDR288,000++ per adult and IDR158,000++ per child. Meanwhile, the Grand Ballroom will be opened to accommodate guests who would like to enjoy a Chinese New Year’s Eve Family Buffet from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. for IDR228,000++ per adult and IDR158,000++ per child.
Lion dancers and dragon dancers will spread the festive spirit around Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta and its restaurants on Chinese New Year’s Eve. This year, Shangri La Hotel, Jakarta presents the award-winning Dragon Phoenix dancers performing the Southern Lion dance and the Huang Ho Sai dancers performing the Northern Lion dance.
The Dragon Phoenix dancers were named the sixth best dance troupe at the Asian Dance World Cup in Macau in November 2007. During the President Cup in Solo, West Java, the Dragon Phoenix troupe won first prize and Huang Ho Sai was the runner-up. The dancers will go around the hotel, from one restaurant table to another and office to office, to bless the hotel.
In the Chinese tradition, there is one special cake that needs to be present during Chinese New Year celebrations. The cake is called Nian Gao, which is also a symbol of fortune. During the Chinese New Year, the kitchen gods will come to each household and evaluate the family that lives there. The kitchen gods will then send the scores to the Jade Emperor in Heaven. The taste of the Nian Gao will also reflect the score reported by the kitchen gods. The sweeter the Nian Gao, the better score the family will have. And of course, the Nian Gao, being a sticky cake, will most likely keep the kitchen gods’ mouths shut, so all they can report to the Jade Emperor is a smile (due to the Nian Gao’s sweetness).
The fish-shaped Nian Gao can be purchased at the Deli Shop for IDR228,000++ per piece for the traditional cake and IDR328,000++ for the golden cake. This year, the hotel is offering two options of the Chinese New Year hamper. The VIP Hamper is available for IDR1,688,000++ and the Deluxe Hamper for IDR988,000++.
For reservations, please call (021) 574 8158.