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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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Where is Hokkien Kongsi, Penang?

Friends always ask me where is Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and I shall try to answer their frequently asked question in this article.

Hokkien Kongsi, Penang is located in Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple (commonly known as Tua Pek Kong Temple), which is situated at the corner of Lebuh Armenian and Lebuh Cannon in the Heritage Enclave of Georgetown.  As one faces the temple, Hokkien Kongsi, Penang is in the right room on the first floor.  Hokkien Kongsi, Penang is formed from the Big Five Hokkien Clan Surnames in Penang – Cheah, Khoo, Lim, Tan and Yeoh.  So these 5 kongsi’s send 4 representatives each to Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and they are the trustees managing 5 temples in Penang.  For more information on the 5 temples, please visit http://www.hokkienkongsipenang.com/

Hock Teik Cheng Sin is the umbrella body comprising 5 representatives each from Hokkien Kongsi, PenangTong Kheng Seah; Cheng Hoe Seah; and Poh Hock Seah.  The famous annual “Chia Hoay” Ceremony (Flame Watching Ceremony at Hai Choo Soo Temple in Tanjong Tokong Seafront ) is carried out by the members of Poh Hock Seah.  We just had this ceremony on the 14th day of the 1st lunar month, corresponding to 23rd February 2013 and the prediction on the economy of Penang is “medium” for the first 4 months, “good” for the next 4 months and also “good” for the last 4 months until the next Chinese New Year.

Entrance to Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple is at Lebuh Armenian, Penang

Entrance to Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple at Lebuh Armenian, Penang

Granite plaque telling you about Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple, Penang

Granite plaque telling you about Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple, Penang

Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple, better known as Tua Pek Kong Temple

Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple, better known as Tua Pek Kong Temple

Altar of Tua Pek Kong on the Ground Floor of Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple

Altar of Tua Pek Kong on the Ground Floor of Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple

Urn used in the "Chia Hoay" Ceremony on 23rd February.  Notice the flame was so good that even the red cloth was singed.

Urn used in the “Chia Hoay” Ceremony on 23rd February at Hai Choo Soo Temple at Tanjung Tokong Seafront. Notice the flame was so good that even the red cloth was singed.

First floor of Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple as one comes up the staircase.

First floor of Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple as one comes up the staircase.

Entrance to room of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang on the right.

Entrance to room of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang on the right.

Inside meeting room of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang

Inside meeting room of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang

Tong Kheng Seah - altar praying to Jee Tay Yah whose birthday is on 14th day of 2nd lunar month.

Tong Kheng Seah – altar praying to Jee Tay Yah whose birthday is on 14th day of 2nd lunar month.

Board giving details of Tong Kheng Seah

Board giving information on Tong Kheng Seah

Room on left - Cheng Hoe Seah praying to Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong.  See article on  Flame Watching Ceremony at Snake Temple

Room on left – Cheng Hoe Seah praying to Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong.

See related article on Flame Watching Ceremony on 14th February at Snake Temple, Penang at the following:-

http://penangtapestry.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/snake-temple-flame-watching-ceremony-by-cheng-hoe-seah-on-14th-february/

Board giving information on Cheng Hoe Seah

Board giving information on Cheng Hoe Seah

Exit of Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple. Note the narrow staircase on the left of photo.

Exit of Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple. Note the narrow staircase on the left of photo.

In the room upstairs, I found Chai Sin Yeah (God of Wealth), Kuan Yin (Goddess of Mercy)  and Tua Pek Kong (God of Prosperity) in a room upstairs.

In the room upstairs, I found Chai Sin Yah (God of Wealth), Kuan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) and Tua Pek Kong (God of Prosperity).

Stepping out on the balcony, I took this photo of the first floor of Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple, showing room of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Stepping out on the balcony, I took this photo of the first floor of Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple, showing room of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang on the right.

Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong’s Birthday – 15th February 2013

Hokkien Kongsi, Penang held their usual prayer ceremony at 10.00 a.m. at Snake Temple to pay homage to Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong on his birthday.  Seven priests said prayers at the altar of Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong, followed by prayers at Kuan Yin Pavillion, then Tua Peh Kong, Thni Kong and finally at Chor Soo Kong’s altar again.

Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang praying to Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong on his birthday

Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang praying to Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong on his birthday

Chief Monk blessing all the Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang

Chief Monk blessing all the Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang

Praying to Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong

Praying to Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong

Offering prayers to Goddess of Mercy at Kuan Yin Pavillion

Offering prayers to Goddess of Mercy at Kuan Yin Pavillion

Pr aying to Kuan Yin

Praying to Kuan Yin

Altar of Goddess of Mercy

Altar of Goddess of Mercy

At the altar of God of Prosperity (Tua Peh Kong)

At the altar of God of Prosperity (Tua Peh Kong)

Hokkien Kongsi, Penang's Trustees Cheah Phee Guan, Dato' Lim Eng Soon and Cheah Hock Cheok praying to Tua Peh Kong

Hokkien Kongsi, Penang’s Trustees Cheah Phee Guan, Dato’ Lim Eng Soon and Cheah Hock Cheok praying to Tua Peh Kong

Praying to God of Heaven (Thni Kong)

Praying to God of Heaven (Thni Kong)

Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and their wives praying to God of Heaven (Thni Kong)

Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and their wives praying to God of Heaven (Thni Kong)

Back at the altar of Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong again for the end of the Prayer Ceremony

Back at the altar of Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong again for the end of the Prayer Ceremony

Coins which have been blessed will be distributed to all Trustees and their wives

Coins which have been blessed will be distributed to all Trustees and their wives

Chinese Opera Show staged in honour of Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong on his birthday

Chinese Opera Show staged in honour of Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong on his birthday