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.
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.
Northern Lion Dance Performance.
Snake Performers from the Snake Farm – kissing a cobra.
Beijing Acrobats – contortionist, balancing and twirling acts.
Beijing Acrobats – awesome balancing acts.
Beijing Acrobats – twirling and balancing acts.
Beijing Acrobats – performer with hoops.
Lighted floats made Jalan Tokong Ular looked like an Oriental Theme Park.
Gerakan Members came to pay homage to Chor Soo Kong.
Lighted Float with inset photos of musicians.
Eight Immortals on Stilts in front of our iconic Snake Temple.
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.
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.