Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Annual Flame Watching Festival 2015 (Official Programme)

Once again Hokkien Kongsi, Penang organised Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 in conjunction with the Penang State Government and it was held on the 5th day of the 1st lunar moon in the Chinese calendar (corresponding to 23rd February 2015).  This event was sponsored by Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng (Rm30,000/-), Y.B. Danny Law (Rm20,000/-) with the balance by Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

The Opening Ceremony was officiated by Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng and attended by Y.B. Danny Law, Trustees and wives of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang; invited guests and visitors to the Festival.  An interesting programme was lined up by the Organising Chairman, Mr. Cheah Cheng Ean and his Organising Committee for the entertainment of the guests and visitors.  The main attraction of the evening was the Beijing Acrobatic Show.

This article shows the official programme for the evening’s Festival with photos taken by Peter Ho, Chua Boon Keat, Michael Chuan and Max Teoh.

Snake Temple before 6 p.m.  A quiet moment before the start of the evening's Festival.

Snake Temple before 6 p.m. A quiet moment before the start of the evening’s Festival.

24 Drummers at the Stage preparing for evening's Festival.

24 Drummers at the Stage preparing for the evening’s Festival.

Y.B. Danny Law, Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and friends wishing all at Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 a Happy New Year.

Y.B. Danny Law Heng Kiang, Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and friends wishing all at Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 a Happy New Year.

Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and friends giving the thumbs-up to photographers while awaiting the arrival of Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng.

Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and friends giving the thumbs-up to photographers while waiting for the arrival of Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng.

Guest of Honour, Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng being  greeted upon arrival by Mr. Khoo Kay Hock,Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and his fellow Trustees.

Guest of Honour, Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng being greeted upon arrival by Mr. Khoo Kay Hock, Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and his fellow Trustees.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng wishing the crowd Gong Xi Fa Cai.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng wishing the crowd Gong Xi Fa Cai.

After the first initital greetings, Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Eng and company making their way to the Main Hall of Snake Temple to pay homage to Chor Soo Kongs.

After the first initital greetings, Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Eng and company making their way to the Main Hall of Snake Temple to pay homage to Chor Soo Kong.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Y.B. Danny Law, Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penand and friends paying homage to Chor Soo Kong in the Main Hall of Snake Temple.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Y.B. Danny Law, Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and friends paying homage to Chor Soo Kong in the Main Hall of Snake Temple.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng accompanied by Khoo Kay Hock and Cheah Cheng Ean making their way to the Stage Area for the Official Opening Ceremony of Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng accompanied by Khoo Kay Hock, Cheah Cheng Ean and Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang making their way to the Stage Area for the Official Opening Ceremony of Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015.

The official Opening Ceremony of the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 was about to commence.

The official Opening Ceremony of the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 was about to commence.

24 Drums Performance starting the Official Ceremony.

24 Drums Performance starting the Official Ceremony.

Snake Temple's mascot doing the Snake Temple.

Snake Temple’s mascot doing the Snake Dance to welcome the spectators.

Y.B. Danny Law Heng Kiang giving his speech.  Inset photo, Tan Lye Hock delivering his speech.

Y.B. Danny Law Heng Kiang giving his speech. Inset photo, Tan Lye Hock delivering his speech.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng giving his speech.  Inset photos (top) Mr. Cheah Cheng Ean and  (bottom photo) Mr. Khoo Kay Hock delivering their speeches.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng giving his speech. Inset photos (top) Mr. Cheah Cheng Ean and (right) Mr. Khoo Kay Hock delivering their speeches.

Official Opening Ceremony - let the fun begin.

Official Opening Ceremony – let the fun begin.

Lighting of the Flame of the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 by Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng.

Lighting of the Flame of the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 by Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng.

Gong Xi Fa Cai to alll of you from the Penang State Government, Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and Ban Ka Lan Festival Committee.

Gong Xi Fa Cai to all of you from the Penang State Government, Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and Ban Ka Lan Festival Committee.

Prayers led by Sai Kong Moh Eng before the "Chneah Hoay" Ceremony.

Prayers led by Sai Kong Moh Eng before the “Chneah Hoay” Ceremony.

Chneah Hoay (Flame Watching Ceremony) by Cheng Hoe Seah.

Preparing the “Chneah Hoay” (Flame Watching Ceremony) by Cheng Hoe Seah at 11.30 p.m.

Actual Chneah Hoay Ceremony to forecast the economy of Penang.  First Quarter - Good, Second Quarter - Normal, Third Quarter - Very Good.

Actual “Chneah Hoay” Ceremony to forecast the economy of Penang. First 4 months – Good; Second 4 months – Normal; and Third 4 months – Very Good.

Press Conference after Chneah Hoay Ceremony to inform the public of the Economy Forecast for Penang.

Press Conference after “Chneah Hoay” Ceremony to inform the public of the Economy Forecast for Penang.

Presenting The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang to the Master of the Chneah Hoay Ceremony, Mr. Chin Eng of Cheng Hoe Seah.

Presenting The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and a plaque to the Master of the “Chneah Hoay” Ceremony, Mr. Yeoh Chin Eng of Cheng Hoe Seah.

Adieu till next year.  With best wishes for a healthy, lucky, successful and prosperous Chinese New Year from Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Adieu till next year. With best wishes for a healthy, lucky, successful and prosperous Chinese New Year from Hokkien Kongsi, Penang. “Heng Arrh…Ong Arrh…Huat Arrh” (quoting Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng).

 

 

 

 

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