Archive | February 2014

Birthday Prayers for Chor Soo Kong on 6th day of Chinese New Year 2014

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.

Prayers to Chor Soo Kong in Main Hall on his Birthday.

Prayers to Chor Soo Kong in Main Hall on his Birthday.

P rocession of Monks and Board of Trustees and their wives going round the front  altar of Main Hall.

Procession of Monks and Board of Trustees and their wives going round the front altar in Main Hall.

Prayers to Goddess of Mercy in the Prayer Hall at the back of Snake Temple.

Prayers to Goddess of Mercy in the Prayer Hall at the back of Snake Temple.

Prayers at the altar of Tua Peh Kong (God of Prosperity).

Prayers at the altar of Tua Peh Kong (God of Prosperity).

Prayers to Thni Kong (God of Heaven).

Prayers to Thni Kong (God of Heaven).

Prayers to God of Heaven.

Prayers to God of Heaven.

Paying homage to Chor Soo Kong again at the end of the Prayers Session.

Paying homage to Chor Soo Kong again at the end of the Prayers Session.

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Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Annual Flame Watching Festival 2014

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.

Board of Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang with Y.B. Danny Law, Y.B. Ng Wei Aik, Y.B. Tuan Abdul Malik and members of the Snake Temple Residents Committee members in the Restaurant after an early dinner.

Board of Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang with Y.B. Ng Wei Aik, Y.B. Tuan Abdul Malik, Y.B. Danny Law and members of the Snake Temple Residents Area Committee members in the Restaurant after an early dinner.

Waiting for the Dragons to come to lead them to the Temple to pay homage to Chor Soo Kong.

Waiting for the Dragons to come to lead them to the Temple to pay homage to Chor Soo Kong.

Here they come with a lot of fanfare and spectators witnessing this very colourful event.

Here they come with a lot of fanfare and spectators witnessing this very colourful event.

Y.B. Danny Law paying homage to Chor Soo Kong in the Main Hall of the Snake Temple.

Y.B. Danny Law paying homage to Chor Soo Kong in the Main Hall of the Snake Temple.

The Chio Tian Culture Drum Performance started off the official opening ceremony.

The Chio Tian Culture Drum Performance started off the official opening ceremony.

Our Guests of Honour watching the Drum Performance.

Our Guests of Honour watching the Drum Performance.

Distinguished guests and spectators at the Official Launching Ceremony.

Distinguished guests and spectators at the Official Launching Ceremony.

Cheah Cheng Ean, Organising Chairman; Y,B, Danny Law, Khoo Kay Hock, Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi Penang, Y.B. Tuan Abdul Malik; Y.B. Ng Wei Aik; Tan Lye Hock, Celebration Advisor giving speeches.

Cheah Cheng Ean, Organising Chairman; Y,B, Danny Law; Khoo Kay Hock, Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi Penang; Y.B. Tuan Abdul Malik; Y.B. Ng Wei Aik; Tan Lye Hock, Celebration Advisor giving speeches.

Official Opening of the Flame Watching Festival 2014.

Official Opening of the Flame Watching Festival 2014.

The Official Flame was lighted by Y.B. Danny Law.

The Official Flame was lighted by Y.B. Danny Law.

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.

Shanghai China Cultural Acrobatic Performance.

Shanghai China Cultural Acrobatic Performance.

Young acrobats showing their phenomenal acrobatic skills.

Young acrobats showing their phenomenal acrobatic skills.

Finale - Lady Acrobat balancing and twirling a heavy urn with her legs.  The youngest acrobat struck various poses on top of the urn.  Finally she was twirled in mid-air by the Lady Acrobat.   A most enthralling show.

Finale – Lady Acrobat balancing and twirling a heavy urn with her legs. The youngest acrobat struck various poses on top of the urn. Finally she was twirled in mid-air by the Lady Acrobat. A most enthralling show.

The evening's performance ended with a Dragon Dance.

The evening’s performance ended with a Dragon Dance.

At 10.30 p.m. Y.B. Danny Law officially ended the entertainment programme before proceeding to the Main Hall of Snake Temple for the Chiah Hoay Ceremony by Cheng Hoe Seah.

At 10.30 p.m. Y.B. Danny Law officially ended the entertainment programme before proceeding to the Main Hall of Snake Temple for the Chiah Hoay Ceremony by Cheng Hoe Seah. He stopped along the various Chor Soo Kong Kiosks to pay homage to the Deity.

Annual Chiah Hoay Ceremony by members of Cheng Hoe Seah.

Annual Chiah Hoay Ceremony by members of Cheng Hoe Seah.

Lim Hua Kwang, Trustee of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang paying homage to Chor Soo Kong after the Chiah Hoay Ceremony.

Lim Hua Kwang, Trustee of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang paying homage to Chor Soo Kong after the Chiah Hoay Ceremony.

President of Cheng Hoe Seah, Mr. Teoh Hock Guan, briefing press members on the height of the flame for each trimester.  First 4 months - average, next 4 months - good and the last 4 months back to average again.

President of Cheng Hoe Seah, Mr. Teoh Hock Guan, briefing press members on the height of the flame for each trimester. First 4 months – average, next 4 months – good and the last 4 months back to average again.

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.

“Chee Sin” at Seng Hong Beow, Jalan C. Y. Choy, Penang

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.

Altar of Deity Seng Ong Yah in Main Hall of Temple.

Altar of Deity Seng Ong Yah in Main Hall of Temple.

Joss sticks were handed out to Trustees and wives at the commencement of prayers.

Joss sticks were handed out to Trustees and wives at the commencement of prayers.

Prayer ceremony led by Sai Kong Ki Eng.

Prayer ceremony led by Sai Kong Ki Eng.

Sai Kong Ki Eng reading out the names of the Board of Trustees to be blessed by Seng Ong Yan.

Sai Kong Ki Eng reading out the names of the Board of Trustees to receive divine blessings from Seng Ong Yah.

Taking Chinese New Year cakes and cookies after prayers.

Taking Chinese New Year cakes and cookies after prayers.

Smiles all around to welcome the Year of the Wooden Horse.

Smiles all around to welcome the Year of the Horse.

We wish all our friends GONG XI FA CAI.