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“Tang Kang” Prayer Ceremony at Tai Tay Yah Temple in Jelutong, Penang

Cheng Leong Keong better known as Tai Tay Yah Temple in Jelutong, Penang will be undergoing a major renovation to repair the roof and the temple.  Sai Kong Moh Eng was called in to say prayers for the Commencement of Work Ceremony (“Tang Kang”) at 12 noon on Friday, 15th May 2015.  This auspicious date and time have been chosen by Sai Kong Moh Eng.

Offerings for "Tang Kang" Ceremony for the renovation of Tai Tay Yah Temple in Jelutong.

Offerings for “Tang Kang” Prayer Ceremony for the renovation of Tai Tay Yah Temple in Jelutong.

Khoo Kay Hock putting joss-sticks in the urn at the commencement of the Prayer Ceremony.

Khoo Kay Hock putting joss-sticks in the urn at the commencement of the Prayer Ceremony.

Sai Kong Moh Eng seeking the blessing of Tai Tay Yah for the Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Sai Kong Moh Eng conducting the “Tang Kang” Prayer Ceremony.

Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang at the "Tang Kang" Prayer Ceremony.

Trustees and Co-ordinator of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang at the “Tang Kang” Prayer Ceremony.

Mid-way during the Prayer Ceremony, Khoo Kay Hock pouring tea and wine into the cups.

Mid-way during the Prayer Ceremony, Khoo Kay Hock pouring tea and wine into the cups.

Pheng of Zhonghua Artistry starting the renovation work of Tai Tay Yah Temple.

Pheng of Zhonghua Artistry starting the renovation work of Tai Tay Yah Temple.

Pheng of Zhonghua Artistry with Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Pheng of Zhonghua Artistry with Trustees and C0-ordinator of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Cheah Cheng Ean putting the talisman on the altar of Tai Tay Yah to bless the devotees who come to pray at Tai Tay Yah Temple.

Cheah Cheng Ean putting the talisman on the altar of Tai Tay Yah to bless all devotees who come to pray at Tai Tay Yah Temple.

"Kim Chuah" for burning after the "Tang Kang" Prayer Ceremony.

“Kim Chuah” for burning after the “Tang Kang” Prayer Ceremony.

Burning of "Kim Chuah" at the end of the "Tang Kang" Prayer Ceremony.

Burning of “Kim Chuah” at the end of the “Tang Kang” Prayer Ceremony.

David Yeoh, our Clerk of Works, with the Tristees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

David Yeoh, our Clerk of Works, with the Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and the Chairman of the Celebration Committee of Tai Tay Yah Temple.

Reporters taking notes.

Reporters taking notes while listening to the explanation of David Yeoh.

Devotee praying to Tai Tay Yah.

Devotee praying to Tai Tay Yah.

Group Photograph to commemorate this auspicious day.

Group Photograph to commemorate this auspicious day.

We welcome donations for this major renovation of Tai Tay Yah Temple, which will cost at least Rm500,000/- .  The proceeds from the sale of our book on The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang will also go towards funding the renovation of Tai Tay Yah Temple.

 

 

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Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 – After Dusk

As the sun set over Snake Temple on the evening of Monday, 23rd February 2015, participants and spectators waited for the arrival of the Guest of Honour, Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng, the Chief Minister of Penang.  The air was electric with anticipation as the hour drew nearer. There was promise of a great programme lined up for the spectators with the Beijing China Cultural Acrobatic Performance as the star attraction for the evening’s entertainment.

Thank you to our Webmaster Peter Ho and his partner, Chua Boon Keat together with Michael Chuan and Max Teoh Yeam Chuan for taking these amazing photos for Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

24 Drummers getting ready to start off the evening's Official Programme of the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015.

24 Drummers getting ready to start off the evening’s Official Programme of the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015.

Drummer Boys, invited guests and spectators waiting patiently for the arrival of Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng.

Drummers, invited guests and spectators waiting patiently for the arrival of Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng.

Official Opening Ceremony of Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015.

Official Opening Ceremony of Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015.

LED Dragon Dance Performance.

Northern Lion Dance Performance.

Snake Performers from the Snake Farm.

Snake Performers from the Snake Farm – kissing a cobra.

Beijing Acrobats.

Beijing Acrobats – contortionist, balancing and twirling acts.

Beiiing Acrobats - balancing and twirling acts.

Beijing Acrobats – awesome balancing acts.

Beijing Acrobats

Beijing Acrobats – twirling and balancing acts.

Beijing Acrobats

Beijing Acrobats – performer with hoops.

Lighted floats made Jalan Tokong Ular looked like Disneyland.

Lighted floats made Jalan Tokong Ular looked like an Oriental Theme Park.

Gerakan Members came to pay homage to Chor Soo Kong.

Gerakan Members came to pay homage to Chor Soo Kong.

Lighted Float with inset photos of musicians.

Lighted Float with inset photos of musicians.

Eight Immortals on Stilts in front of our iconic Snake Temple.

Eight Immortals on Stilts in front of our iconic Snake Temple.

Vistitors.

Visitors to the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 taking a photo with the Eight Immortals on Stilts.  Beautiful.

Spectators watching Teochew Opera Show while Eight Immortals mingled with the crowd and girls distributing oranges.  What a festive atmosphere.

Spectators watching Teochew Opera Show while Eight Immortals mingled with the crowd and girls distributing oranges. What a festive atmosphere.

We will leave you with this image of Snake Temple.  More and more devotees came as it neared midnight to witness the "Chneah Hoay" Ceremony.

We will leave you with this image of Snake Temple. More and more devotees came as it neared midnight to witness the “Chneah Hoay” Ceremony.

 Till next year.  Gong Xi Fa Cai to all the devotees and visitors to Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple.

 

Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 – Before Dusk

This event was held during the evening of 23rd February 2015, jointly organised by Penang State Government and Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.  Our Webmaster, Peter Ho and his partner Chua Boon Keat and another team of photographers Michael Chuan and his partner Max Teoh Yeam Chuan sent amazing photographs to me capturing the very essence of the Festival.  You can see the colours of Chinese New Year, the festive atmosphere and visitors and families coming to witness this very traditional religious Festival organised by Mr. Cheah Cheng Ean and his Committee.  Truly Penang – that is how I would personally describe this event as having a little bit of everything for everybody.

In this article, I shall endeavour to showcase the beautiful photographs taken before dusk.  I will feature night-time scenes in another article.

Dragons Dance Team in front of our iconic temple doing the "Michael Chuan" signature style of greeting.

Dragons Dance Team in front of our iconic Snake Temple doing the “Michael Chuan” signature style of greeting.

Cheah Cheng Ean, Chairman of the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 giving the "Michael Chuan" signature welcome.

Mr. Cheng Ean, Chairman of the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 giving the “Michael Chuan” signature welcome.  Right bottom Mr Lau Tek Fun (Events Co-ordinator) and Mr. Yeoh Seng Hoe of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang giving The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and angpows to Floats Participants.

Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang presenting the book on The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and angpows to Floats Participants.  Events Co-ordinator and Trustee of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang, Mr. Cheah Hock Cheok presenting our book in Centre Photo.

Chingay Team members showing their skills.

Chingay Team members showing off their skills.

Chor Soo Kong Temple paricipant in the background.

Chor Soo Kong Temples participants in the background.

Chinese Calligraphy.  Inset photos showing our photographers having fun.

Chinese Calligraphy. Inset photos showing our photographers having fun.

This photo is worth a thousand words.  It shows devotees coming to pay homage to Chor Soo Kong.

This photo is worth a thousand words. It shows devotees coming to pay homage to Chor Soo Kong.

Playing soft, soothing Chinese classical music for the crowd.

Musicians playing Chinese Classical Music for the visitors.

Famiy Day at Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015

Family Day at Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015.  Mr. Chew of Snake Farm kissing his pet albino python.  Muaksss!!!

One of the Floats on display.  Drummers wheeling their drums to the Stage Area.

One of the Floats on display. Drummers wheeling their drums to the Stage Area.

Cheah Cheng Ean and Yeoh Seng Hoe with participants to our Ban Ka Lan Festival.

Messrs. Cheah Cheng Ean and Yeoh Seng Hoe with participants to our Ban Ka Lan Festival.

Chor Soo Kong Temple taking part in the Festival.

Chor Soo Kong Temple taking part in the Festival.

On of the Floats with children playing in front of it.

Children having fun in front of a float.

Y.B. Danny Law being greeted by Cheah Cheng Ean and Trustees upon arrival.

Y.B. Danny Law being greeted by Cheah Cheng Ean and Trustees upon arrival for the Official Opening Ceremony of Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015.

Dragons welcoming visitors at the entrance of Jalan Tokong Ular.

Dragons welcoming visitors at the entrance of Jalan Tokong Ular.

Dusk turning into night - that is when the fun begins.

Dusk turning into night – that was when the fun began.  The Official Opening Ceremony and the Evening Entertainment commenced after the arrival of Y.AB. Tuan Lim Guan Eng.

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.

“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.

Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Flame Watching Festival 2014

The Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Flame Watching Festival 2014 will be held on Tuesday, 4th February 2014 (corresponding to the 5th day of the coming Chinese New Year).  The event is jointly organised by the Penang State Tourism Development & Culture, Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Residents Area Committee.

A Press Conference, chaired by Y.B. Danny Law of Penang State Tourism Development & Culture, was held at 10.30 a.m. in the Conference Room of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang at Snake Temple in Sungei Keluang.

It was attended by Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang; members of the Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Residents Area Committee and press members.  The conference was given a briefing on the Programme for the evening of the Festival.

Press Conference chaired by Y.B. Danny Law together with Celebration Chairman, Khoo Kay Hock and Organising Chairman, Cheah Cheng Ean.

Press Conference chaired by Y.B. Danny Law together with Celebration Chairman, Khoo Kay Hock and Organising Chairman, Cheah Cheng Ean.

Press members taking notes during the Press Conference.

Press members taking notes during the Press Conference.

Site Layout of the Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Flame Watching Festival 2014.

Site Layout of the Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Flame Watching Festival 2014.

Programme for Tuesday, 4th February 2014

7.00 p.m.

Arrival of Guests

Paying homage to Chor Soo Kong by Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng and Trustees and wives of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang

7.30 p.m.

Chio Tian Culture Drum Performance

Snake Dance Performance

Speech by Mr. Cheah Cheng Ean, Organising Chairman

Speech by Mr. Khoo Kay Hock, Celebration Chairman/Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang

Speech by Y.B. Mr. Danny Law Heng Kiang, Minister for Penang State Tourism Development & Culture

Speech by Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang

8.00 p.m.

Opening Ceremony

Lion Dance Performance

8.30 p.m.

Snake Charmer’s Performance

Fish Dance Performance

9.00 p.m.

Shanghai China Cultural Acrobatic Performance

Dragon Dance Performance

10.30 p.m.

Speech by Flame Watching Ceremony Adviser, Mr. Tan Lye Hock

Launching of Flame Watching Ceremony by Y.B. Danny Law Heng Kiang

“Kim Kor” Team Performance

Activities/Performances in front of Snake Temple, Penang

7.00 p.m.          Lion Dance welcoming Guests

9.00 p.m.          Performance of Lion Dance on Stilts

10.30 p.m.        Chio Tian Culture Drum Performance

11.00 p.m.        Performance of Lion Dance on Stilts

11.30 p.m.        Dragon Dance Performance/Snake Dance Performance

Opera Show/Chinese Martial Art Performance/”Chor Soo Kong” History

We would like to invite all our Malaysian friends to come and join our Festival on Tuesday, 4th February 2014.

We would like to invite all our Malaysian friends to come and join our Festival on Tuesday, 4th February 2014.

Birthday Prayers for Choo Ong Yah at Chooi Bee Keong, Jalan Tanjung Tokong, Penang

The Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang held a prayer session at 11.30 a.m. at Chooi Bee Keong, Jalan Tanjung Tokong in honour of Choo Ong Yah’s birthday on the 18th day of the 10th lunar month (corresponding to Wednesday, 20th November 2013).

Sai Kong Ki Eng led the prayer session with Sai Kong Moh Eng on the drum.

Discussion before Birthday  Prayers of Choo Ong Yah at Chooi Bee Keong.

Discussion before Birthday Prayers of Choo Ong Yah at Chooi Bee Keong.

Altar of Choo Ong Yah at Chooi Bee Keong, Jalan Tanjung Tokong, Penang.

Altar of Choo Ong Yah at Chooi Bee Keong, Jalan Tanjung Tokong, Penang.

Commencement of Birthday Prayers led by Sai Kong Ki Eng and his two colleagues.

Commencement of Birthday Prayers led by Sai Kong Ki Eng and his two colleagues.

Sai Kong Moh Eng showing his dexterity with multiple instruments.

Sai Kong Moh Eng showing his dexterity with multiple instruments.

Sai Kong Ki Eng reading the names of the Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang to bless them.

Sai Kong Ki Eng reading the names of the Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang to bless them.

End of Prayer Session.

Offerings during Prayer Session.

Having tea and cakes after Prayers.

Having tea and cakes after Prayers.

Peanuts time!

Peanuts for longevity.