Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Annual Flame Watching Festival 2015 (“Chneah Hoay” Ceremony)

At 11.30 p.m. on the 5th day of the 1st lunar month, there is the usual “Chneah Hoay” ceremony by Cheng Hoe Seah to forecast the economy of Penang.  Usually the Main Hall of Snake Temple is so full of devotees that it is difficult for our photographers to take photos.  I received photos from Max Teoh Yeam Chuan (Alpha Moments Photography) and I was so impressed by the sequential photos he took of the “Chneah Hoay” Ceremony that I would like to share them with you.  The other photos were taken by Michael Chuan.  I think these are priceless photos and I am documenting them for posterity.  I have also added a sublime fish-eye shot taken by our Webmaster Peter Ho of the Main Hall of Snake Temple.

Prayers by Sai Kong Moh Eng before the "Chneah Hoay" Ceremony by Cheng Hoe Seah.

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

Cheng Hoe Seah members bringing in their urn for the "Chneah Hoay" Ceremony.

Cheng Hoe Seah members bringing in their urn for the “Chneah Hoay” Ceremony.

Mr. Yeoh Chin Eng of Cheng Hoe Seah preparing for the "Chneah Hoay" Ceremony while his fellow members prayed and assisted him.

Mr. Yeoh Chin Eng of Cheng Hoe Seah preparing for the “Chneah Hoay” Ceremony while his fellow members prayed and assisted him.

Y.B Danny Law praying at the start of the Flame Watching Ceremony and he was having fun recording it himself.

Y.B Danny Law praying at the start of the Flame Watching Ceremony and he was having fun recording it himself with his iPad (inset photo below).

Fanning the flame by adding joss-sticks while Y.B. Danny Law and the crowd watch.

Fanning the flame by adding joss-sticks while Y.B. Danny Law and devotees watched with anticipation.

Watch the flame just starting.

Watch – the flame just starting.

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The above sequential photos taken by Max Teoh are priceless showing the flames for the 3 Quarters of 2015.  The prediction of the economy of Penang is Good for the 1st Quarter, Normal for the 2nd Quarter and Very Good for the 3rd Quarter.

The above sequential photos taken by Max Teoh are priceless showing the flames for the 3 parts of 2015. The prediction of the economy of Penang is Good for January-April, Normal for May-August and Very Good for September-December.

Y.B. Danny Law seeking the blessing of Chor Soo Kong after the "Chneah Hoay" Ceremony.

Y.B. Danny Law seeking the blessing of Chor Soo Kong after the “Chneah Hoay” Ceremony.

Mr. Cheah Cheng Ean, Chairman of Ban Ka Lan Organising Committee seeking blessing from Chor Soo Kong.  Inset photo (left) Mr Yeoh Seng Hoe and (right) Mr. Khoo Kay Hock.

Mr. Cheah Cheng Ean, Chairman of Ban Ka Lan Organising Committee seeking blessing from Chor Soo Kong. Inset photos Mr. Yeoh Seng Hoe (top left), Mr. Lim Poh Hock (bottom left) and Mr. Khoo Kay Hock (top right).

Dato' Lim Hua Kwang and family members of the Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang seeking the blessing of Chor Soo Kong.

Dato’ Lim Hua Kwang (centre), Mr. Tan Joo Chye (bottom right) and family members of the Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang seeking the blessing of Chor Soo Kong.

Beautiful fish eye photograph taken by Peter Ho of the "Chneah Hoay" Ceremony

We will leave the Main Hall of Snake Temple with this beautiful photograph taken by our Webmaster, Peter Ho of the “Chneah Hoay” Ceremony.

Band Playing outside during the duration of the "Chneah Hoay" Ceremony.

Members beating gongs and cymbals outside the Main Hall of Snake Temple during the “Chneah Hoay” Ceremony.

Thank you Peter Ho, Max Teoh and Michael Chuan for taking these wonderful photos in such crowded and smoky condition.  Certainly not an easy task at all.

 

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