COSTA MESA: South Coast Plaza (SCP), the largest mall on the West Coast of the United States, rings the Chinese New Year with a roar as it unveiled a huge Tiger screen in the Jewel Court on Thursday, followed by a musical shows and cultural events on Saturdays.
SCP, located 60 kilometers south of downtown Los Angeles, had pre-Covid-19 sales of more than $1.5 billion a year, the highest in the United States.
In honor of the Year of the Tiger, SCP has erected a beautiful central display depicting a giant tiger leaping over an animated, digital waterfall, representing the water element that aligns with the tiger this year in Chinese mythology. .
The traditional Chinese 12-year-old zodiac runs through different animals each year: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig, whose traits are said to influence the personality of people born in their year.
And each year, the featured animal is associated with one of the five elements: water, wood, fire, earth or metal.
Last year was the Year of the Ox, known for its strength, perseverance and reliability, while this year is the Year of the Tiger, known as the king of beasts in China, which represents courage, esteem of oneself, strength and vitality.
The waterfall is bubbling in a digital pond of Koi which symbolizes flow and good fortune. The beautifully landscaped exhibit features a life-size arched red bridge that shoppers can stroll over throwing their lucky coins into the pond for an interactive experience while making their New Year’s wishes.
An ornate temple gate, lush foliage symbolizing success and virtue, and constellations of red lanterns and auspicious Chinese gold coins hanging overhead complete the stunning sight.
Nature plays an important role in the festival, so the majestic tiger is made of natural materials, such as white straw flowers, black onion seeds and other seeds, while leaf moss, seeds and bamboo decorate the rocky accents around the pond. Surrounding the tiger is a collection of 12-foot-tall bamboo trees, a symbol of success and virtue.
The SCP said in a statement that the Chinese New Year celebration was designed to promote cultural diversity and mutual respect, and China’s consul general in Los Angeles described the festivities as “a joyful gathering to celebrate good fortune, good health and great happiness”. “