Gong Xi Fa Cai Bazaar Miri 2019

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Gong Xi Fa Cai Bazaar Miri 2019

It’s that time of the year again! The Gong Xi Fa Cai Bazaar is here! Every year Mirians flock to the annual bazaar to get a feast of all senses.

Let your eyes feast on the vibrant oriental themed decor. No shortage of lanterns, fairy lights, and a colorful zodiac themed decor. Let your ears feast on the sounds of the bazaar. Be it Lion dance drums, folk singing or people chattering in the crowds. And, bring your taste buds to paradise as you feast on the fusion and variety available.

January is already over! Can you believe that? It’s like just yesterday it was New Year’s day! Time flies right? Chinese New Year is only a few days away. So, what better way to lead up to your CNY festivities than at the Gong Xi Fa Cai Bazaar.

History And Lure Of The Gong Xi Fa Cai Bazaar

This auspicious staple pre-Chinese New Year event is a Mirian tradition. It begins at the start of the week before Chinese New Year up to the Eve of it.  The bazaar has been going on since 2001 so this year marks the 17th Gong Xi Fa Cai Bazaar. It’s no wonder it’s become such a staple in any Mirian’s pre CNY tradition. Be they Chinese or Non-Chinese.

Every year it’s held along the historic High Street and Jalan Raja. Both of which are streets in the original town center and streets which house the oldest shop lots in Miri. This year things will be slightly different. It’s the first time a portion of the Gong Xi Fa Cai Bazaar will be set up in the newly opened Miri Times Square.

The main reason the municipal council holds this auspicious bazaar year after year? Simply, because they aim to get all races to come together and share festive celebrations in harmony. An objective the council undeniably reaches every year.

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Members of the municipal council and Assistant Minister of Tourism and Arts YB Lee Kim Shin during their visit to the Gong Xi Fa Cai Bazaar (Image via Fadel Juber)

Get rows upon rows of tents and stalls set up along High Street, Jalan Raja, and the entrance to Miri Times Square. Witness the beautiful marriage of cultures and feast on the drool-worthy food selection. It’s one of the most happening bazaars held annually in Miri.

Why Is The Gong Xi Fa Cai Bazaar So Special?

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A perfect example of multiracialism that the Gong Xi Fa Cai Bazaar encourages (Image via Fadel Juber)

The main reason it’s so popular is what it stands for. The Gong Xi Fa Cai Bazaar is a prime example of the multiracial togetherness of diverse communities we have in Miri. Something which Miri is very special for. The same multiracial togetherness is depicted by the famous Anglican Good Sheperd Church and Masjib An Naim in Lutong.

This bazaar is so successful at promoting multiracial togetherness. It’s proven by the event’s inclusiveness in providing stalls not only for the Chinese but also other races. The bazaar’s over 260 stalls are always fully occupied by a vast variety of vendors. See Chinese, Orang Ulu, Malay, and other races.

Besides that, people flock to the Gong Xi Fa Cai Bazaar like no other bazaar held in Miri. If you go at peak hour expect to be in a standstill of traffic going through and around the stalls. Expect shoulder to shoulder crowds. It’s so well received by all communities in Miri. Not only Mirians flock to it. The bazaar sees masses of neighboring Bruneians and other foreigners too.

Its popularity is so obvious. As the council has to provide security forces to aid the bazaars smooth flow and safety. Every year the council works closely with the police and RELA. To strengthen safety and direct traffic aptly.

The council also provides extra manpower. To continuously clear bins from time to time and maintain street cleanliness. So, festivities can ensue while not forgetting city cleanliness.

What’s There At The Gong Xi Fa Cai Bazaar?

Expect a wide variety of culinary delights guaranteed to induce salivation at sight. There’s anything from Spanish, Taiwanese, Japanese, Chinese, Malay, and local native food.

See everything from cakes, bubble tea, Ayam pansuh, Siew Mai, bakwa, and so many others. Some of the things you’ll see here you probably won’t see anywhere else.

Besides that, sellers there sell local souvenirs, bags, and clothes. You can expect toys, CNY decoration, accessories, photos, jewelry, and handicraft too.

Near the roundabout and a few places through the market, you can see local selling wood handicraft. Be it carved tables, chairs, mortar, and pestles or chopping boards.

What Festivities Take Place During This Gong Xi Fa Cai Bazaar?

Elderly man performing a Chinese folk song at the bazaar. (image via Fadel Juber)

Elderly man performing a Chinese folk song at the bazaar. (image via Fadel Juber)

You can expect performances every night to go on simultaneously with the event. A stage was set up right in front of the resident’s office especially for this. Expect to be entertained with Lion dances, Dragon dances, and cultural performances. Singing performances and modern dances go on too.

Witness performances from all age groups. See little girls and boys dance to catchy tunes, elderly men sing old Chinese folk songs, and strong youth perform Lion dances. People flock to watch these performances. If you go around 7 or 8 expect the audience seating to be full.

So, go and get entertained by the great variety of entertaining performances.

When Can I Go? How Long Is It Going On For?

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Zodiac sign display at the Gong Xi Fa Cai Bazaar (Image via Fadel Juber)

This year, the Gong Xi Fa Cai bazaar will be held from the 29th of January up until the 4th of February. You better make your way down there ASAP! You only have a couple more days to go and witness this annual event.

Peak time to go is around 8 PM. That’s when most people flock there. If you love being in happening places, go then. Otherwise, if you want to avoid the crowds, go earlier. Best to go around 6 PM.

Why not make it an event for you tonight? It’s sure to be worth your time. You won’t get an experience like this another time and place. Catch it while you can. You won’t be able to see it for another whole year.

Enjoy yourselves there and have a prosperous Happy Chinese New Year!

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