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Horses and Zodiac Signs at Ban Ka Lan Festival 2014

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.

Organisers checking and preparing the stage for the Official Launching of the Flame Watching Festival 2014

Organisers checking and preparing the stage for the Official Launching of the Flame Watching Festival 2014

Jalan Tokong Ular, Venue of the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2014

Jalan Tokong Ular, Venue of the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2014

Twelve Zodiac signs on display with the Horse taking centre stage.  The famous wooden horse is  usually on display at New World Park.  In main photo to Horse is Khoo Kay Hock, Yeoh Seng Hoe, Khoo Kee Chooi and Ong Hock Lye, creator of the Horse.

Twelve Zodiac signs on display with the Horse taking centre stage. The famous wooden horse is usually on display at New World Park. In main photo of Horse is Khoo Kay Hock, Khoo Kee Chooi, Yeoh Seng Hoe and Ong Hock Lye (creator of the Horse) of OHL Gallery.

Chor Soo Kong Temples from Penang setting up kiosks for the Chiah Hoay Ceremony which would commence from 11 p.m. onwards.

Chor Soo Kong Temples from Penang setting up kiosks for the Chiah Hoay Ceremony which would commence from 11 p.m. onwards.  Centre Photo below shows Cheng Hoe Seah kiosk.

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/

Take your pick of your favourite horse.

Take your pick of your favourite horse.

Dragons leading dignitaries to pay homage to Chor Soo Kong.

Dragons leading dignitaries to pay homage to Chor Soo Kong.

Official Launching Ceremony of the Ban Ka Lan Flame Watching Festival 2014.

Official Launching Ceremony of the Ban Ka Lan Flame Watching Festival 2014.

Star attraction of the evening - The Shanghai China Cultural Acrobatic Performance.

Star attraction of the evening’s programme – The Shanghai China Cultural Acrobatic Performance.

Chiah Hoay Ceremony by Cheng Hoe Seah at altar of Chor Soo Kong in Main Hall of Snake Temple.

Chiah Hoay Ceremony by Cheng Hoe Seah at altar of Chor Soo Kong in Main Hall of Snake Temple.

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.

Penang World Music Festival 2013

This event is organized by the Penang State Tourism and a preview was held at Khoo Kongsi, Cannon Square, Penang during the evening of Friday, 29th March 2013.  The actual 2-day festival will be held at Penang Botanic Gardens from 6.00 p.m. to 12 midnight on Saturday, 30th March 2013 and Sunday, 31st March 2013.

For more information please visit http://www.penangworldmusic.gov.my/

Penang World Music Festival 2013

Penang World Music Festival 2013

Participants of the Penang World Music Festival 2013

Participants from Iran to the Penang World Music Festival 2013

Participants from Brazil

Participants from Brazil

From left to right - Khoo Kee Chooi, Dato' Seri Khoo Keat Siew (President of Khoo Kongsi, Penang), Khoo Boo Hong, Y.B. Danny Law and Khoo Kay Hock

From left to right – Khoo Kee Chooi, Dato’ Seri Khoo Keat Siew (President of Khoo Kongsi, Penang), Khoo Boo Hong, Y.B. Danny Law and Khoo Kay Hock

From left to right - Datin Seri Daisy Khoo, Dato' Seri Khoo Keat Siew, Chief Minister of Penang Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Y.B. Danny Law

From left to right – Datin Seri Daisy Khoo; Dato’ Seri Khoo Keat Siew; Chief Minister of Penang, Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng and Y.B. Danny Law

Chief Minister of Penang, Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng giving a speech

Chief Minister of Penang, Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng giving a speech

Local Penang Hawkers fare being served to spectators and visitors.

Local Penang Hawkers fare being served to spectators and visitors.

Inka Marka from South American performing for the  crowd

Inka Marka from South America performing for the crowd

Participants from Japan listening to the music

Participants from Japan (on the left) listening to the music

Oratniza from Bulgaria performing for the spectators (note the mother and daughter vocalists on the left)

Oratnitza from Bulgaria performing for the spectators (note the mother and daughter vocalists on the left)

Y.B. Danny Law with participants to Penang World Music Festival 2013

Y.B. Danny Law with participants to the Penang World Music Festival 2013 in front of the iconic Khoo Kongsi, Heritage Jewel of Penang.