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Ban Ka Lan Snake Festival 2013

The Chief Minister of Penang, Mr.  Lim Guan Eng arrived promptly at 6.20 p.m. to officiate the Ban Ka Lan Snake Festival 2013.  He was greeted by the usual lion dance, and on hand to greet him were members of the Joint Organising Committee and Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

He was then taken up to pay homage to Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong in the Snake Temple, before proceeding to the Indian Temple to pay his respects.  Then to the Main Stage Area for the official programme.

I got them to pose for a photo before the arrival of Y.A.B. Mr. Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang

I got them to pose for a photo before the arrival of Y.A.B. Mr. Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang

Lion Dance heralding the arrival of Y.A.B. Mr. Lim Guan Eng

Lion Dance heralding the arrival of Y.A.B. Mr. Lim Guan Eng

Here he comes, all smiles for the crowd.

Here he comes, all smiles for the crowd.

Being greeted upon arrival by Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang - Khoo Kay Hock

Being greeted upon arrival by Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang – Khoo Kay Hock

Greeting friends on the way to Snake Temple.

Greeting friends on the way to Snake Temple.

Saying Happy New Year to spectators waiting outside Snake Temple

Saying Happy New Year to spectators waiting outside Snake Temple

Turning back to say Gong Xi Fa Cai to the people below

Turning back to say Gong Xi Fa Cai to the people below

Paying homage to Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong of Snake Temple

Paying homage to Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong of Snake Temple

At Indian Temple

Inside Indian Temple

Y.A.B. waiting to be blessed by Indian priests

Y.A.B. waiting to be blessed by Indian priests

Y.A.B. Mr. Lim Guan Eng being blessed by Indian priests

Y.A.B. Mr. Lim Guan Eng being blessed by Indian priests

VIPs at Main Stage for Official Programme

VIPs and guests at Main Stage Area for Official Programme

Chio Tian Culture Drum Performance

Chio Tian Cultural Drum Performance

Organising Chairman, Cheah Cheng Ean giving a speech

Organising Chairman, Cheah Cheng Ean giving a speech

Tan Lye Hock, Celebration Chairman giving his speech

Tan Lye Hock, Celebration Chairman giving his speech

Crowd listening to speeches

Crowd listening to speeches

Y.B. Danny Law Heng Kiang giving his speech

Y.B. Danny Law Heng Kiang giving his speech

Y.A.B. Chief Minister saying Huat ah, Heng ah, Ong ah after his speech

Y.A.B. Chief Minister saying Huat ah, Heng ah, Ong ah after his speech (meaning prosperity, success and good luck)

VIPs and sponsors of this event being called on stage for .....

VIPs and sponsors of this event being called on stage for …..

Raining confetti to add to the festive occasion before departure of Y.A.B. Mr. Lim Guan Eng

……..raining confetti on the crowd to add to the festive occasion before the departure of Y.A.B. Mr. Lim Guan Eng

Hokkien Kongsi, Penang says a big thank you to everybody who came to our Ban Ka Lan Snake Festival 2013.  You helped to make it such a success.  We also  thank the Joint Organising Committee for their sterling work, dedication and commitment in organising this Joint State Event, which was no mean task.  Thank you to all sponsors too for your generous sponsorship.

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Flame Watching Ceremony at Snake Temple, Penang on 14th February 2013

At the beginning of the evening, prayers were offered to Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong  at the Main Altar in Snake Temple by the Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

The Guest of Honour for the evening’s “Chia Hoay” Ceremony  was Mr Teng Chang Yeow, and he was greeted on arrival by a Lion Dance.  First, a speech was given by the Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang to welcome guests and also to thank all the sponsors of the Ban Ka Lan Snake Festival 2013.  He also thanked the Joint Organising Committee for their hard work in arranging this Festival.

Mr. Teng Chang Yeow then gave his speech and dotted the eyes of our Festival Snake 2013 to start the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2013.

Praying to Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong by Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang

Praying to Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong by Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang

Offering prayers to Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong

Offering prayers to Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong

Lion Dance to greet the arrival of Mr. Teng Chang Yeow

Lion Dance to greet the arrival of Mr. Teng Chang Yeow and guests.

Mr. Teng Chang Yeow (in red) and Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang

Mr. Teng Chang Yeow (in red) and Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and their wives

Speech by Khoo Kay Hock, Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang

Speech by Khoo Kay Hock, Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang

Speech by Mr. Teng Chang Yeow

Speech by Mr. Teng Chang Yeow

Dotting the eyes of the Festival Snake 2013 by Mr. Teng Chang Yeow

Dotting the eyes of the Festival Snake 2013 by Mr. Teng Chang Yeow

Lighting of the Ban Ka Lan Festival Flame by Mr. Teng Chang Yeow

Lighting of the Ban Ka Lan Festival Flame by Mr. Teng Chang Yeow

Festival Snake 2013 coming out to greet the guests

Festival Snake 2013 coming out to greet the guests

Festival Snake 2013 joined the VIPs in wishing all guests Gong Xi Fa Cai

Festival Snake 2013 joined the VIPs in wishing all guests Gong Xi Fa Cai

Festival Snake 2013 going back to Snake Temple

Festival Snake 2013 going back to Snake Temple after saying hello to all guests

Cultural Dance Performance

Cultural Dance Performance

Wishing all guests prosperity, success and longevity

“Hock, Lok, Siew” – Wishing all guests prosperity, success and longevity

Throwing oranges to all guests to wish them luck.

Throwing oranges to all guests to wish them luck.

I have been to the Snake Temple before on the eve of Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong’s Birthday and I have never seen so many people coming to see the “Chia Hoay” Ceremony.  You can now read about the “Chia Hoay” Ceremony by Cheng Hoe Seah at http://penangtapestry.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/snake-temple-flame-watching-ceremony-by-cheng-hoe-seah-on-14th-february/

Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Festival, Penang, Malaysia.5

Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Festival, Penang, Malaysia – A Joint Event by Penang State Tourism, Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and Snake Temple Resident Area Committee

Date:  Friday, 15th February 2013

Time:  5.00 p.m. to 12 midnight

Venue:  Whole stretch of road in front of Snake Temple, Jalan Tokong Ular, Penang

A press conference was called at 10.00 a.m. today (Friday 8th February) by Y.B. Danny Law Heng Kiang at Snake Temple, Penang to give more details about the programme for the Snake Festival 2013 and also to answer questions from press members.

There was a surprise visit by the Snake Queen, Aza and Chew Hoo Peng of the Snake Farm, Penang and they both walked in with a Cobra.  We were all treated to an exhibition of expert handling of the cobra by Chew and kissing of the cobra by the Snake Queen, Aza.  Aza will be in an enclosure from 5.00 p.m. to 11.30 p.m.on 15th February with a variety of snakes and when she takes a rest, her partner will take over.  Chew will be performing Snake Shows on that day too.  What a treat in store for visitors to the Snake Festival.

Press Conference chaired by Y.B. Danny Law Heng Kiang

Press Conference chaired by Y.B. Danny Law Heng Kiang

Chew asking the cobra to say hello to the Snake Queen, Aza.

Chew asking the cobra to say hello to the Snake Queen, Aza.

After the preliminary greeting, it was followed by a kiss from the Snake Queen, Aza

After the preliminary greeting, it was followed by a kiss from the Snake Queen, Aza. Wow!

PLEASE DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.  A BITE FROM A COBRA IS FATAL IF NOT TREATED WITHIN 45 MINUTES.  JUST KISS YOUR OWN HUMAN PARTNERS AND LEAVE THE KISSING OF COBRAS TO THE PROFESSIONALS.  Pearls of wisdom for 2013.

This is our Snake Festival 2013.

This is our Festival Snake 2013.

One for the album - Y.B Danny Law is holding a python

One for the album – Y.B Danny Law is holding a python

So do come to our Ban Ka Lan Festival 2013 on Friday, 15th February at 5.00 p.m. to 12 midnight.  Who knows – you might be treated to our Chief Minister, Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng and Y.B. Danny Law giving their speeches with pythons draped around their necks.  We will just have to wait and see.

For more information on the programe for the 15th February, please visit

https://ritalim937.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/ban-ka-lan-snake-temple-festival-penang-malaysia-4/

Switching-on Lights Ceremony at Snake Temple, Penang

In conjunction with the Ban Ka Lan Snake Festival 2013, Y.B. Dato’ Abdul Malik came at 8.30 p.m. on Monday, 4th February 2013 to officiate the Switching-on Lights Ceremony at Snake Temple, Penang.  He was greeted on arrival by a Lion Dance.  He gave a speech and then switched on the lights to welcome the Year of the Snake which will start on Sunday, 10th February (corresponding to the 1st day of the 1st lunar month of the Chinese calendar).  From now on until the 24th February, the lights at Snake Temple will be switched on daily at 7.00 p.m.

We ended the evening’s event with the usual firecrackers to signify the advent of Chinese New Year.

The newly-built arch for the Snake Festival 2013, before the Switching-on Lights Ceremony

The newly-built arch for the Snake Festival 2013, before the Switching-on Lights Ceremony

View from Front Porch of Snake Temple

View from Front Porch of Snake Temple

Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and friends waiting for the arrival of Y.B. Dato' Abdul Malik

Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and friends waiting for the arrival of Y.B. Dato’ Abdul Malik

Arrival of Y.B. Dato' Abdul Malik to the fanfare of the usual Lion Dance

Arrival of Y.B. Dato’ Abdul Malik to the fanfare of the usual Lion Dance

Y.B. Dato' Abdul Malik giving a speech

Y.B. Dato’ Abdul Malik giving a speech

Switching-on Lights Ceremony to welcome the Year of the Snake

Switching-on Lights Ceremony to welcome the Year of the Snake

Gong Xi Gong Xi Gong Xi Nin

Gong Xi Gong Xi Gong Xi Nin

Letting off firecrackers to signify the advent of Chinese New Year.

Letting off firecrackers to signify the advent of Chinese New Year.

We wish all Chinese and Malaysians a Happy New Year. Gong Xi Fa Cai.

We wish all Chinese and Malaysians a Happy New Year. Gong Xi Fa Cai.

Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Festival, Penang, Malaysia.3

Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Festival, Penang, Malaysia – A Joint Event by Penang State Tourism, Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and Snake Temple Resident Area Committee

Date:  15.02.2013

Time:  5.00 p.m. to 12 midnight

Venue:  Whole stretch of road in front of Snake Temple, Jalan Tokong Ular, Penang

A press conference was called at 11.30 a.m. on Monday, 28th January 2013 for YB Dato’ Abdul Malik, Adun Batu Maung, to present his cheque of Rm10,000/- towards the above Ban Ka Lan Snake Festival.  The Celebration Chairman, Tan Lye Hock and the Organising Chairman, Cheah Cheng Ean first briefed members of the press about the event.

Then YB Dato’ Abdul Malik addressed members of the press telling everybody that he was pleased to be involved in this very auspicious festival as it is the Year of the Snake.  First and foremost, he is an “Anak Pulau Pinang” and he has lived in Penang for 58 years.   The Snake Temple is one of the more famous and popular Chinese temples in Penang and he is proud to be associated with it.  He thought the name “Ban Ka Lan” actually derived from a Malay word “Pengkalan” as the Sungai Keluang flowed through this property in the old days and there was a jetty, hence the Hokkien name “Ban Ka Lan”.  That is the nature of our country  because our history is so intertwined with one another that even the names are related to each other’s language and culture.

Press Conference held at 11.30 a.m. on Monday, 28th January

Press Conference held at 11.30 a.m. on Monday, 28th January

Members of the Press taking notes during the Press Conference

Members of the Press taking notes during the Press Conference

Signing of Mock Cheque by YB Dato' Abdul Malik, Adun Batu Maung

Signing of Mock Cheque by YB Dato’ Abdul Malik, Adun Batu Maung

Presentation of Mock Cheque for Rm10,000/- to Celebration Chairman, Tan Lye Hock

Presentation of Mock Cheque for Rm10,000/- to Celebration Chairman, Tan Lye Hock

Group photo taken with the Festival Snake 2013

Group photo taken with the Festival Snake 2013

YB Abdul Malik, Adun Batu Maung posing with a baby temple pit viper

YB Abdul Malik, Adun Batu Maung, posing with a baby temple pit viper

Baby Temple Pit Viper saying "Terima Kasih" to YB Dato' Abdul Malik for his contribution towards the Ban Ka Lan Snake Festival 2013

Baby Temple Pit Viper saying “Terima Kasih” to YB Dato’ Abdul Malik for his contribution towards the Ban Ka Lan Snake Festival 2013, which is quite amazing because it is a nocturnal snake and is supposed to be sleeping during the daytime.