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
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 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. 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.
Dragons leading dignitaries to pay homage to Chor Soo Kong.
Official Launching Ceremony of the Ban Ka Lan Flame Watching Festival 2014.
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.
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.