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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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Ban Ka Lan 1st Snake Festival Thank You Dinner on Saturday, 18th May 2013

A dinner was held by the Celebration Organising Committee on Saturday, 18th May 2013 to thank all sponsors and friends who have helped in making the 1st Ban Ka Lan Snake Festival a resounding success.  They were presented with Certificates of Appreciation by the Celebration Organising Committee during the evening’s dinner.

To add to the festivity of the occasion it was held in Jalan Tokong Ular right opposite the Snake Temple and local singers were engaged to entertain the crowd.  Friends and invited guests turned up to make the dinner a happy and enjoyable event.

Yeoh Seng Hoe, Mr. & Mrs. Yeoh Guan Aun with Lim Hua Kwang and Khoo Kay Hock in the background.

Yeoh Seng Hoe, Mr. & Mrs. Yeoh Guan Aun with Lim Hua Kwang and Khoo Kay Hock in the background.

Dato' & Datin Lim Eng Soon, Yeoh Seng Hoe and Tan Kok Chye exchanging pleasantries.

Dato’ & Datin Lim Eng Soon, Yeoh Seng Hoe and Tan Kok Chye exchanging pleasantries.

Cheah Hock Cheok and Khoo Kay Hock talking to Sister Katherine of Mount Miriam Hospital.

Cheah Hock Cheok and Khoo Kay Hock talking to Sister Katherine of Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital, Penang.

Michael Chuan, Lim Soo Peng and Marilyn with friends.

Michael Chuan, Lim Soo Peng and Marilyn with friends.

Tan Kok Chye, Khoo Kay Hock, Tan Joo Chye and Dato Thor Phek Tong.

Tan Kok Chye, Khoo Kay Hock, Tan Joo Chye and Dato’ Thor Phek Tong.

Mr. & Mrs. Lim Hwa Kwang, Miss Tan and Mrs. Lim Gim Hin.

Mr. & Mrs. Lim Hua Kwang, Miss Tan and Mrs. Lim Gim Hin.

Celebration Chairman, Cheah Cheng Ean giving a speech.

Organising Chairman, Cheah Cheng Ean giving a speech.

Khoo Kay Hock. Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang giving a speech.

Khoo Kay Hock. Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang giving a speech.

Sister Katherine of Mount Miriam Hospital, Penang giving a thank you speech.

Sister Katherine of Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital, Penang giving a thank you speech for the community’s support.

Representative from neighbouring Indian Temple receiving a Certificate of Appreciation for allowing their premises to be used during the Ban Ka Lan Snake Festival.

Representative from neighbouring Indian Temple receiving a Certificate of Appreciation for allowing their premises to be used during the Ban Ka Lan Snake Festival.  Next to him from left to right – Sim Siang Chuan (Temple Committee Chairman), Khoo Kay Hock (Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang), Cheah Cheng Ean (Organising Chairman) and Master of Ceremony.

Certificate of Appreciation presented to Lim Soo Peng and his friends for the beautiful photos taken by them during the Snake Festival.  Seen taking a photo is none other than his colleague Michael Chuan, who worked very hard during the Festival too.

Certificate of Appreciation presented to Lim Soo Peng and his friends for the beautiful photos taken by them during the Snake Festival. Seen taking a photo is none other than his colleague, Michael Chuan, who worked very hard during the Festival too.

Dinner guests enjoying the performance of a female local artiste.

Dinner guests enjoying the performance of a female local artiste.

Tan Chin Hin with another local female artiste.

Resident photographer of Snake Temple, Tan Chin Hin, shaking hands with another local female artiste.

Together Sim and the female local artiste entertain the dinner guests.  What a finale to the evening!!!

Sim Siang Chuan (aka Bakar) and the female local artiste singing a Mandarin song to entertain the dinner guests. What a fitting finale to the evening!!!

Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Festival, Penang, Malaysia.1

Snake Temple, Bayan Lepas, Penang

Snake Temple, Bayan Lepas, Penang

A Joint Event by Penang State Tourism, Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and Snake Temple Resident Area Committee

Date:  15 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, chaired by Y.B. Danny Law Heng Kiang, was held on Thursday, 13th December 2012 at 10.00 a.m. in the Meeting Room of Hokkien Kongsi in Snake Temple, Penang.

As Year 2013 is the Year of the Snake, Penang State Tourism together with Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and the Snake Temple Resident Area Committee have decided to hold the first Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Festival on the birthday of “Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong” which falls on the 6th day of the 1st lunar moon in the Chinese calendar, corresponding to 15th February 2013.

Tickets have been sold for the Charity Food Fair and the proceeds will be in aid of Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital.  There will be hawker stalls to showcase our wide array of hawkers food for visitors to our Snake Festival

In addition, we will put on shows and cultural performances for the entertainment of all visitors.  We will also invite experts from all races to demonstrate their skills on how to make traditional food.

Chinese all over the world celebrate Chinese New Year from the 1st to 15th day of the 1st lunar month of the Chinese calendar and in the Year 2013, it will be from 10th to 24th February inclusive.  So we are asking all Malaysians and foreign visitors to Penang to come and celebrate Chinese New Year with us at the Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Festival on Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong’s birthday on 15th February 2013.  It is going to be a Double Celebration.  Do come to our street party as it is going to be a fun-filled evening with lots of food and activities for your families.

Press Conference chaired by YB Danny Law Heng Kiang

Press Conference chaired by YB Danny Law Heng Kiang

Joint Organising Committee after Press Conference

Joint Organising Committee of Ban Ka Lan Snake Festival

Discussion after Press Conference between Hokkien Kongsi Trustees and Tham Wei Wei of Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital

Discussion after Press Conference between Hokkien Kongsi Trustees and Tham Wei Wei of Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital

YB Danny Law talking to Hokkien Kongsi members

YB Danny Law talking to Cheah Cheng Ean, Organising Chairman of Snake Festival 2013

Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Khoo Kay Hock talking to Jenny Ooi of Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital

Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Khoo Kay Hock talking to Jenny Ooi of Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital

Goldie, the albino python with friends from Hokkien Kongsi, Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital and Snake Farm

Goldie, the albino python with friends from Hokkien Kongsi, Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital and Snake Farm

Hokkien Kongsi Trustees with Joyce Cheah, Project Co-ordinator of AngKongKeng.com and Evonne Lim of OneSMI Sdn. Bhd.

Hokkien Kongsi Trustees with Joyce Cheah, Project Co-Ordinator of AngKongKeng.com and Evonne Lim of OneSMI Sdn. Bhd.

Venue of street party of Snake Festival 2013 in front of Snake Temple

Venue of street party of Snake Festival 2013 in front of Snake Temple