This event was jointly organised by Hokkien Kongsi, Penang; Penang State Tourism Development and Culture and the Snake Temple Area Residents Committee at Snake Temple, Jalan Tokong Ular on the evening of Tuesday, 4th February 2014. It was on the 5th day of Chinese New Year which is the Year of the Horse.
As one walked into the venue along Jalan Tokong Ular there was an air of gaiety and festivity. We went early at 5.30 p.m. to be in time for the official event at 7.30 p.m. and it was a good time to to take photos before the crowds came. There were the 12 beautiful zodiac signs on display with horses as well. I shall try to share with you the photos I have taken with my little camera trying to capture the sights, essence and atmosphere of this gala event.
For more details on the the Flame Watching Ceremony (Chiah Hoay) by Cheng Hoe Seah, please refer to http://ritalim937.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/ban-ka-lan-snake-temple-annual-flame-watching-festival-2014/
Prediction for Penang’s Economy for Year of Horse 2014. First 4 months – average; next 4 months – good; and last 4 months of the year – average.