Ban Ka Lan Snake Festival 2013

The Chief Minister of Penang, Mr.  Lim Guan Eng arrived promptly at 6.20 p.m. to officiate the Ban Ka Lan Snake Festival 2013.  He was greeted by the usual lion dance, and on hand to greet him were members of the Joint Organising Committee and Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

He was then taken up to pay homage to Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong in the Snake Temple, before proceeding to the Indian Temple to pay his respects.  Then to the Main Stage Area for the official programme.

I got them to pose for a photo before the arrival of Y.A.B. Mr. Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang

I got them to pose for a photo before the arrival of Y.A.B. Mr. Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang

Lion Dance heralding the arrival of Y.A.B. Mr. Lim Guan Eng

Lion Dance heralding the arrival of Y.A.B. Mr. Lim Guan Eng

Here he comes, all smiles for the crowd.

Here he comes, all smiles for the crowd.

Being greeted upon arrival by Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang - Khoo Kay Hock

Being greeted upon arrival by Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang – Khoo Kay Hock

Greeting friends on the way to Snake Temple.

Greeting friends on the way to Snake Temple.

Saying Happy New Year to spectators waiting outside Snake Temple

Saying Happy New Year to spectators waiting outside Snake Temple

Turning back to say Gong Xi Fa Cai to the people below

Turning back to say Gong Xi Fa Cai to the people below

Paying homage to Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong of Snake Temple

Paying homage to Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong of Snake Temple

At Indian Temple

Inside Indian Temple

Y.A.B. waiting to be blessed by Indian priests

Y.A.B. waiting to be blessed by Indian priests

Y.A.B. Mr. Lim Guan Eng being blessed by Indian priests

Y.A.B. Mr. Lim Guan Eng being blessed by Indian priests

VIPs at Main Stage for Official Programme

VIPs and guests at Main Stage Area for Official Programme

Chio Tian Culture Drum Performance

Chio Tian Cultural Drum Performance

Organising Chairman, Cheah Cheng Ean giving a speech

Organising Chairman, Cheah Cheng Ean giving a speech

Tan Lye Hock, Celebration Chairman giving his speech

Tan Lye Hock, Celebration Chairman giving his speech

Crowd listening to speeches

Crowd listening to speeches

Y.B. Danny Law Heng Kiang giving his speech

Y.B. Danny Law Heng Kiang giving his speech

Y.A.B. Chief Minister saying Huat ah, Heng ah, Ong ah after his speech

Y.A.B. Chief Minister saying Huat ah, Heng ah, Ong ah after his speech (meaning prosperity, success and good luck)

VIPs and sponsors of this event being called on stage for .....

VIPs and sponsors of this event being called on stage for …..

Raining confetti to add to the festive occasion before departure of Y.A.B. Mr. Lim Guan Eng

……..raining confetti on the crowd to add to the festive occasion before the departure of Y.A.B. Mr. Lim Guan Eng

Hokkien Kongsi, Penang says a big thank you to everybody who came to our Ban Ka Lan Snake Festival 2013.  You helped to make it such a success.  We also  thank the Joint Organising Committee for their sterling work, dedication and commitment in organising this Joint State Event, which was no mean task.  Thank you to all sponsors too for your generous sponsorship.

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