The Board of Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang held their annual birthday prayers for Chor Soo Kong at 10.00 a.m. on the 6th day of the 1st lunar month of the Year of the Horse (corresponding to Wednesday, 5th February 2014). Six monks led the prayers session starting first in the Main Hall of Snake Temple, followed by prayers at the Goddess of Mercy Prayer Hall at the back. They then proceeded to pray at Tua Peh Kong altar before moving outside to pray to Thni Kong (God of Heaven). Finally, it was back at the Main Hall to pay homage to Chor Soo Kong again.
Hokkien Kongsi, Penang together with the Penang State Tourism Development and Culture and the Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Residents Area Committee jointly organised this Festival, which was held at 7.00 p.m. on Tuesday, 4th February 2014 (corresponding to the 5th day of Chinese New Year). The evening’s event was attended by Y.B. Danny Law, Y.B. Ng Wei Aik and Y.B. Tuan Abdul Malik.
After the official launching ceremony, the evening’s entertainment began and the main show was a stellar performance by the Shanghai China Cultural Acrobatic Performers. They held the crowd enthralled and the spectators clapped their hands with much delight and admiration for the performers’ acrobatic skills. I will endeavour to give you photo collages to showcase the skills of the young acrobats.
The evening’s Festival ended on this note with a forecast of the economy of Penang. Although it was almost midnight, a massive crowd was still watching the Opera Show, Lion Dance Performance on Stilts, Chio Tian Culture Drum Performance, Chinese Martial Art Performance, Dragon Dance Performance and Snake Dance Performance outside the Snake Temple. The Festival for 2014 was again a resounding success.
Traditionally Hokkiens will welcome back the deities on the 4th day of the Lunar New Year corresponding to 3rd February 2014. Deities were given a Hokkien send-off on the 24th day of the 12th Lunar Month of last year (Year of the Snake). Hokkien Kongsi, Penang’s Trustees performed their annual prayer ceremony at 11.00 a.m. at Seng Hong Beow in Jalan C. Y. Choy.
We wish all our friends GONG XI FA CAI.