Chinese New Year Cultural & Heritage Celebration on 16th February 2013

The All Clans Chinese New Year Celebration was held in the heritage enclave of Georgetown.  An arch was built in conjunction with this celebration and lanterns were put up giving it a very festive air.  As it is the Year of the Snake, Hokkien Kongsi, Penang set up their own stage to join in the celebration and asked the Snake Farm (based at the Snake Temple in Penang) to bring snakes and put on a snake show for tourists and visitors.

When I left, I could see that Goldie, the albino python was drawing a crowd to the stage.  Goldie is such a sweet and easy-going creature that I personally find her very adorable.  This is such a turnaround for me, as I used to have an aversion for snakes!

Hi come and  join us.  We are going to the Chinese New Year Cultural & Heritage Celebration

“Hi, come and join us. We are going to the Chinese New Year Cultural & Heritage Celebration.”

Khoo Kee Chooi and Khoo Kay Hock, two Hokkien Kongsi, Penang's trustees making their way to their own Stage Area in Lebuh Ah Quee, outside Lim Kongsi

Khoo Kee Chooi and Khoo Kay Hock, two trustees from Hokkien Kongsi, Penang making their way to their own Stage Area in Lebuh Ah Quee, outside Lim Kongsi

Trustees from Hokkien Kongsi, Penang at their own Stage in Lebuh Ah Quee

Trustees from Hokkien Kongsi, Penang at their own Stage in Lebuh Ah Quee

Hokkien Kongsi, Penang showing their five temples.  For more information, please visithttp://www.hokkienkongsipenang.com/

Hokkien Kongsi, Penang showing their five kongsi’s. For more information, please visit
http://www.hokkienkongsipenang.com/

Lillian Chew from Snake Farm with her pet python, which looks like an accessory complementing her outfit!

Lillian Chew from Snake Farm with her pet python and a foreign visitor

Goldie, the albino python with trustees from Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.  Looks like they have adopted Goldie as their mascot.

Goldie, the albino python with trustees from Hokkien Kongsi, Penang. Looks like they have adopted Goldie as their mascot.

Lillian Chew with her tree snake.  I felt the skin of the tree snake and it is so smooth and velvety.

Lillian Chew with her tree snake. I felt the skin of the tree snake and it was so smooth and velvety.

Just the start of the Celebration and people are visiting the Stage Area of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang to see the snakes,

Just the start of the Celebration and people were already visiting the Stage Area of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang to see the snakes.

Going home via Lorong Soo Hong - such beautiful paintings on the wall.

Going home via Lorong Soo Hong – such beautiful paintings on the wall.

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