Unveiling the Magic of Oaga Art Resort’s Chinese New Year Celebration

The Year of the Dragon, a symbol of power, ambition and good fortune, roared into existence at Oaga Art Resort, painting the haven in vibrant hues of celebration. From the 10th to the 11th of February, the resort transformed into a land of Chinese-inspired festivities, where art, music, and delicious cuisine intertwined to create an unforgettable experience.

The Transformation: The resort’s serene atmosphere was infused with the rich colours and symbols of the Dragon. Lanterns adorned the walkways, casting a warm glow on the festivities. Red, the colour of prosperity and good fortune, dominated the décor, guiding guests through the resort.

A Symphony of Senses: The rhythmic sounding of the conch shell, the “Sangu Fumun,” marked the beginning of each day. Live music by Saif on the harp and Skyrock band at Raa Baa filled the air with enchanting melodies, while traditional Maldivian Boduberu performances added a touch of local flavor.

A Culinary Adventure for the Dragon’s Appetite: No celebration is complete without a feast fit for a king (or dragon, in this case). The Lunar New Year buffet at Kaa Kada featured authentic Chinese dishes alongside Maldivian specialties. The “Learn-A-Dish” cooking sessions offered guests the chance to unlock the secrets of these culinary delights, while the “Cocktail Apprentice” session at Raa Baa provided the perfect opportunity to whip up celebratory drinks.

Artful Expressions of the Dragon’s Spirit: Oaga Art Resort is known for its artistic spirit, and the Chinese New Year festivities were no exception. Guests participated in free-flow art sessions, crafting beautiful lanterns and intricate dragon origami, channeling their inner creativity. Live art by artists at Kaa Kada added another layer of visual magic to the experience.

Celebrating Wellness Traditions, New and Old: The festivities embraced both Chinese and Maldivian traditions. The wellness rituals scheduled by Hoba Spa, including the Kalhu Foe (New Moon) ceremony, Haveeru (Evening) ritual and the “Dhulhaheyo Vah Buru” ritual held on the Hoba Deck, offered a moment of reflection and connection with nature. The finale and star of the show, were a captivating lion dance and a ribbon dance, symbolising the unity and prosperity associated with the Year of the Dragon.

A Starlit Farewell under the Dragon’s Gaze: As the festivities drew to a close, guests gathered for a “Starlit Cinema” screening of “Wish Dragon” at Raa Baa. Under the Maldivian sky, the film’s message of hope and perseverance resonated deeply, leaving a lasting impression on everyone present.

Oaga Art Resort’s Chinese New Year celebrations were a testament to the power of art, music, and cultural exchange to create unforgettable experiences. The Year of the Dragon may roar into the past, but the memories of this vibrant and magical celebration will stay with guests for years to come.