Switching-on Lights Ceremony at Snake Temple, Penang

In conjunction with the Ban Ka Lan Snake Festival 2013, Y.B. Dato’ Abdul Malik came at 8.30 p.m. on Monday, 4th February 2013 to officiate the Switching-on Lights Ceremony at Snake Temple, Penang.  He was greeted on arrival by a Lion Dance.  He gave a speech and then switched on the lights to welcome the Year of the Snake which will start on Sunday, 10th February (corresponding to the 1st day of the 1st lunar month of the Chinese calendar).  From now on until the 24th February, the lights at Snake Temple will be switched on daily at 7.00 p.m.

We ended the evening’s event with the usual firecrackers to signify the advent of Chinese New Year.

The newly-built arch for the Snake Festival 2013, before the Switching-on Lights Ceremony

The newly-built arch for the Snake Festival 2013, before the Switching-on Lights Ceremony

View from Front Porch of Snake Temple

View from Front Porch of Snake Temple

Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and friends waiting for the arrival of Y.B. Dato' Abdul Malik

Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and friends waiting for the arrival of Y.B. Dato’ Abdul Malik

Arrival of Y.B. Dato' Abdul Malik to the fanfare of the usual Lion Dance

Arrival of Y.B. Dato’ Abdul Malik to the fanfare of the usual Lion Dance

Y.B. Dato' Abdul Malik giving a speech

Y.B. Dato’ Abdul Malik giving a speech

Switching-on Lights Ceremony to welcome the Year of the Snake

Switching-on Lights Ceremony to welcome the Year of the Snake

Gong Xi Gong Xi Gong Xi Nin

Gong Xi Gong Xi Gong Xi Nin

Letting off firecrackers to signify the advent of Chinese New Year.

Letting off firecrackers to signify the advent of Chinese New Year.

We wish all Chinese and Malaysians a Happy New Year. Gong Xi Fa Cai.

We wish all Chinese and Malaysians a Happy New Year. Gong Xi Fa Cai.

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