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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.

 

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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.