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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.

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Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Annual Flame Watching Ceremony 2015 (Press Conference)

A press  conference was held at 10.00 a.m. on Sunday, 8th February 2015 in the Conference Room of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang at Snake Temple chaired by Y.B. Tuan Danny Law and attended by Mr. Khoo Kay Hock, Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and Mr. Cheah Cheng Ean, Chairman of the Organising Committee of the Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Annual Flame Watching Ceremony.  Press members were briefed on the programe for the evening.

Press Conference chaired by Y.B. Danny Law, Minister for Penang State Tourism Development & Culture.

Press Conference chaired by Y.B. Danny Law, Minister for Penang State Tourism Development & Culture.

 

 

 

 

Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Annual Flame Watching Ceremony Festival 2015
Programme for Evening of Monday, 23rd February 2015
7.00 p.m. Arrival of Guests
Pay 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. 24 Drums Performance
Snake Dance Performance
Welcoming Speech by Mr. Cheah Cheng Ean, Organising Chairman
Speech by Mr. Tan Lye Hock, Public Officer of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang
Speech by Mr. Khoo Kay Hock, 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. Mr. Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang
8.00 p.m. Opening Ceremony
LED Dragon Dance Performance
8.30 p.m. Snake Charmer’s Performance
Northern Lion Dance Performance
9.00 p.m. Beijing China Culture Acrobatic Performance
Eight Lions Performance
10.30 p.m. Launching of Flame Watching Ceremony by Y.B. Mr. Danny Law
“Kim Kor” Team Performance
Activities/Performance in front of Snake Temple, Penang
7.00 p.m. Eight Lions Dance welcoming guests
8.30 p.m. 24 Drums Performance
9.30 p.m. Acrobatic Lion Dance on Stool
10.00 p.m. Eight Immortals Stilt Walking along the road
10.30 p.m. Performance of Lions on Stilts
11.00 p.m. God of Prosperity
7.00 p.m. to 12 midnight
Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Temples Exhibition
Floats Exhibition
Handicrafts & Antiques/Traditional Food & Drinks/Chingay/Bicycle Acrobats
Food and Drinks
Press Conference attended by Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang, Members of the Organising Committee and press members.

Press Conference attended by Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang; Members of the Organising Committee and press members.

Grouip Photo after Press Conference.

Group Photo after Press Conference.