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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 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.

 

Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Annual Flame Watching Festival 2015 (Official Programme)

Once again Hokkien Kongsi, Penang organised Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 in conjunction with the Penang State Government and it was held on the 5th day of the 1st lunar moon in the Chinese calendar (corresponding to 23rd February 2015).  This event was sponsored by Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng (Rm30,000/-), Y.B. Danny Law (Rm20,000/-) with the balance by Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

The Opening Ceremony was officiated by Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng and attended by Y.B. Danny Law, Trustees and wives of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang; invited guests and visitors to the Festival.  An interesting programme was lined up by the Organising Chairman, Mr. Cheah Cheng Ean and his Organising Committee for the entertainment of the guests and visitors.  The main attraction of the evening was the Beijing Acrobatic Show.

This article shows the official programme for the evening’s Festival with photos taken by Peter Ho, Chua Boon Keat, Michael Chuan and Max Teoh.

Snake Temple before 6 p.m.  A quiet moment before the start of the evening's Festival.

Snake Temple before 6 p.m. A quiet moment before the start of the evening’s Festival.

24 Drummers at the Stage preparing for evening's Festival.

24 Drummers at the Stage preparing for the evening’s Festival.

Y.B. Danny Law, Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and friends wishing all at Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 a Happy New Year.

Y.B. Danny Law Heng Kiang, Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and friends wishing all at Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 a Happy New Year.

Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and friends giving the thumbs-up to photographers while awaiting the arrival of Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng.

Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and friends giving the thumbs-up to photographers while waiting for the arrival of Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng.

Guest of Honour, Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng being  greeted upon arrival by Mr. Khoo Kay Hock,Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and his fellow Trustees.

Guest of Honour, Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng being greeted upon arrival by Mr. Khoo Kay Hock, Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and his fellow Trustees.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng wishing the crowd Gong Xi Fa Cai.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng wishing the crowd Gong Xi Fa Cai.

After the first initital greetings, Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Eng and company making their way to the Main Hall of Snake Temple to pay homage to Chor Soo Kongs.

After the first initital greetings, Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Eng and company making their way to the Main Hall of Snake Temple to pay homage to Chor Soo Kong.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Y.B. Danny Law, Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penand and friends paying homage to Chor Soo Kong in the Main Hall of Snake Temple.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Y.B. Danny Law, Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and friends paying homage to Chor Soo Kong in the Main Hall of Snake Temple.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng accompanied by Khoo Kay Hock and Cheah Cheng Ean making their way to the Stage Area for the Official Opening Ceremony of Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng accompanied by Khoo Kay Hock, Cheah Cheng Ean and Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang making their way to the Stage Area for the Official Opening Ceremony of Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015.

The official Opening Ceremony of the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 was about to commence.

The official Opening Ceremony of the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 was about to commence.

24 Drums Performance starting the Official Ceremony.

24 Drums Performance starting the Official Ceremony.

Snake Temple's mascot doing the Snake Temple.

Snake Temple’s mascot doing the Snake Dance to welcome the spectators.

Y.B. Danny Law Heng Kiang giving his speech.  Inset photo, Tan Lye Hock delivering his speech.

Y.B. Danny Law Heng Kiang giving his speech. Inset photo, Tan Lye Hock delivering his speech.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng giving his speech.  Inset photos (top) Mr. Cheah Cheng Ean and  (bottom photo) Mr. Khoo Kay Hock delivering their speeches.

Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng giving his speech. Inset photos (top) Mr. Cheah Cheng Ean and (right) Mr. Khoo Kay Hock delivering their speeches.

Official Opening Ceremony - let the fun begin.

Official Opening Ceremony – let the fun begin.

Lighting of the Flame of the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 by Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng.

Lighting of the Flame of the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 by Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng.

Gong Xi Fa Cai to alll of you from the Penang State Government, Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and Ban Ka Lan Festival Committee.

Gong Xi Fa Cai to all of you from the Penang State Government, Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and Ban Ka Lan Festival Committee.

Prayers led by Sai Kong Moh Eng before the "Chneah Hoay" Ceremony.

Prayers led by Sai Kong Moh Eng before the “Chneah Hoay” Ceremony.

Chneah Hoay (Flame Watching Ceremony) by Cheng Hoe Seah.

Preparing the “Chneah Hoay” (Flame Watching Ceremony) by Cheng Hoe Seah at 11.30 p.m.

Actual Chneah Hoay Ceremony to forecast the economy of Penang.  First Quarter - Good, Second Quarter - Normal, Third Quarter - Very Good.

Actual “Chneah Hoay” Ceremony to forecast the economy of Penang. First 4 months – Good; Second 4 months – Normal; and Third 4 months – Very Good.

Press Conference after Chneah Hoay Ceremony to inform the public of the Economy Forecast for Penang.

Press Conference after “Chneah Hoay” Ceremony to inform the public of the Economy Forecast for Penang.

Presenting The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang to the Master of the Chneah Hoay Ceremony, Mr. Chin Eng of Cheng Hoe Seah.

Presenting The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and a plaque to the Master of the “Chneah Hoay” Ceremony, Mr. Yeoh Chin Eng of Cheng Hoe Seah.

Adieu till next year.  With best wishes for a healthy, lucky, successful and prosperous Chinese New Year from Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Adieu till next year. With best wishes for a healthy, lucky, successful and prosperous Chinese New Year from Hokkien Kongsi, Penang. “Heng Arrh…Ong Arrh…Huat Arrh” (quoting Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng).

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Birthday Prayers for Chor Soo Kong on 6th day of Chinese New Year 2014

The Board of Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang held their annual birthday prayers for Chor Soo Kong at 10.00 a.m. on the 6th day of the 1st lunar month of the Year of the Horse (corresponding to Wednesday, 5th February 2014).  Six monks led the prayers session starting first in the Main Hall of Snake Temple, followed by prayers at the Goddess of Mercy Prayer Hall at the back.  They then proceeded to pray at Tua Peh Kong altar before moving outside to pray to Thni Kong (God of Heaven).  Finally, it was back at the Main Hall to pay homage to Chor Soo Kong again.

Prayers to Chor Soo Kong in Main Hall on his Birthday.

Prayers to Chor Soo Kong in Main Hall on his Birthday.

P rocession of Monks and Board of Trustees and their wives going round the front  altar of Main Hall.

Procession of Monks and Board of Trustees and their wives going round the front altar in Main Hall.

Prayers to Goddess of Mercy in the Prayer Hall at the back of Snake Temple.

Prayers to Goddess of Mercy in the Prayer Hall at the back of Snake Temple.

Prayers at the altar of Tua Peh Kong (God of Prosperity).

Prayers at the altar of Tua Peh Kong (God of Prosperity).

Prayers to Thni Kong (God of Heaven).

Prayers to Thni Kong (God of Heaven).

Prayers to God of Heaven.

Prayers to God of Heaven.

Paying homage to Chor Soo Kong again at the end of the Prayers Session.

Paying homage to Chor Soo Kong again at the end of the Prayers Session.

Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Annual Flame Watching Festival 2014

Hokkien Kongsi, Penang together with the Penang State Tourism Development and Culture and the Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Residents Area Committee jointly organised this Festival, which was held at 7.00 p.m. on Tuesday, 4th February 2014 (corresponding to the 5th day of Chinese New Year).  The evening’s event was attended by Y.B. Danny Law, Y.B. Ng Wei Aik and Y.B. Tuan Abdul Malik.

Board of Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang with Y.B. Danny Law, Y.B. Ng Wei Aik, Y.B. Tuan Abdul Malik and members of the Snake Temple Residents Committee members in the Restaurant after an early dinner.

Board of Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang with Y.B. Ng Wei Aik, Y.B. Tuan Abdul Malik, Y.B. Danny Law and members of the Snake Temple Residents Area Committee members in the Restaurant after an early dinner.

Waiting for the Dragons to come to lead them to the Temple to pay homage to Chor Soo Kong.

Waiting for the Dragons to come to lead them to the Temple to pay homage to Chor Soo Kong.

Here they come with a lot of fanfare and spectators witnessing this very colourful event.

Here they come with a lot of fanfare and spectators witnessing this very colourful event.

Y.B. Danny Law paying homage to Chor Soo Kong in the Main Hall of the Snake Temple.

Y.B. Danny Law paying homage to Chor Soo Kong in the Main Hall of the Snake Temple.

The Chio Tian Culture Drum Performance started off the official opening ceremony.

The Chio Tian Culture Drum Performance started off the official opening ceremony.

Our Guests of Honour watching the Drum Performance.

Our Guests of Honour watching the Drum Performance.

Distinguished guests and spectators at the Official Launching Ceremony.

Distinguished guests and spectators at the Official Launching Ceremony.

Cheah Cheng Ean, Organising Chairman; Y,B, Danny Law, Khoo Kay Hock, Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi Penang, Y.B. Tuan Abdul Malik; Y.B. Ng Wei Aik; Tan Lye Hock, Celebration Advisor giving speeches.

Cheah Cheng Ean, Organising Chairman; Y,B, Danny Law; Khoo Kay Hock, Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi Penang; Y.B. Tuan Abdul Malik; Y.B. Ng Wei Aik; Tan Lye Hock, Celebration Advisor giving speeches.

Official Opening of the Flame Watching Festival 2014.

Official Opening of the Flame Watching Festival 2014.

The Official Flame was lighted by Y.B. Danny Law.

The Official Flame was lighted by Y.B. Danny Law.

After the official launching ceremony, the evening’s entertainment began and the main show was a stellar performance by the Shanghai China Cultural Acrobatic Performers.  They held the crowd enthralled and the spectators clapped their hands with much delight and admiration for the performers’ acrobatic skills. I will endeavour to give you photo collages to showcase the skills of the young acrobats.

Shanghai China Cultural Acrobatic Performance.

Shanghai China Cultural Acrobatic Performance.

Young acrobats showing their phenomenal acrobatic skills.

Young acrobats showing their phenomenal acrobatic skills.

Finale - Lady Acrobat balancing and twirling a heavy urn with her legs.  The youngest acrobat struck various poses on top of the urn.  Finally she was twirled in mid-air by the Lady Acrobat.   A most enthralling show.

Finale – Lady Acrobat balancing and twirling a heavy urn with her legs. The youngest acrobat struck various poses on top of the urn. Finally she was twirled in mid-air by the Lady Acrobat. A most enthralling show.

The evening's performance ended with a Dragon Dance.

The evening’s performance ended with a Dragon Dance.

At 10.30 p.m. Y.B. Danny Law officially ended the entertainment programme before proceeding to the Main Hall of Snake Temple for the Chiah Hoay Ceremony by Cheng Hoe Seah.

At 10.30 p.m. Y.B. Danny Law officially ended the entertainment programme before proceeding to the Main Hall of Snake Temple for the Chiah Hoay Ceremony by Cheng Hoe Seah. He stopped along the various Chor Soo Kong Kiosks to pay homage to the Deity.

Annual Chiah Hoay Ceremony by members of Cheng Hoe Seah.

Annual Chiah Hoay Ceremony by members of Cheng Hoe Seah.

Lim Hua Kwang, Trustee of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang paying homage to Chor Soo Kong after the Chiah Hoay Ceremony.

Lim Hua Kwang, Trustee of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang paying homage to Chor Soo Kong after the Chiah Hoay Ceremony.

President of Cheng Hoe Seah, Mr. Teoh Hock Guan, briefing press members on the height of the flame for each trimester.  First 4 months - average, next 4 months - good and the last 4 months back to average again.

President of Cheng Hoe Seah, Mr. Teoh Hock Guan, briefing press members on the height of the flame for each trimester. First 4 months – average, next 4 months – good and the last 4 months back to average again.

The evening’s Festival ended on this note with a forecast of the economy of Penang.  Although it was almost midnight, a massive crowd was still watching the Opera Show, Lion Dance Performance on Stilts, Chio Tian Culture Drum Performance, Chinese Martial Art Performance, Dragon Dance Performance and Snake Dance Performance outside the Snake Temple.  The Festival for 2014 was again a resounding success.

Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Flame Watching Festival 2014

The Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Flame Watching Festival 2014 will be held on Tuesday, 4th February 2014 (corresponding to the 5th day of the coming Chinese New Year).  The event is jointly organised by the Penang State Tourism Development & Culture, Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Residents Area Committee.

A Press Conference, chaired by Y.B. Danny Law of Penang State Tourism Development & Culture, was held at 10.30 a.m. in the Conference Room of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang at Snake Temple in Sungei Keluang.

It was attended by Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang; members of the Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Residents Area Committee and press members.  The conference was given a briefing on the Programme for the evening of the Festival.

Press Conference chaired by Y.B. Danny Law together with Celebration Chairman, Khoo Kay Hock and Organising Chairman, Cheah Cheng Ean.

Press Conference chaired by Y.B. Danny Law together with Celebration Chairman, Khoo Kay Hock and Organising Chairman, Cheah Cheng Ean.

Press members taking notes during the Press Conference.

Press members taking notes during the Press Conference.

Site Layout of the Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Flame Watching Festival 2014.

Site Layout of the Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Flame Watching Festival 2014.

Programme for Tuesday, 4th February 2014

7.00 p.m.

Arrival of Guests

Paying 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.

Chio Tian Culture Drum Performance

Snake Dance Performance

Speech by Mr. Cheah Cheng Ean, Organising Chairman

Speech by Mr. Khoo Kay Hock, Celebration Chairman/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. Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang

8.00 p.m.

Opening Ceremony

Lion Dance Performance

8.30 p.m.

Snake Charmer’s Performance

Fish Dance Performance

9.00 p.m.

Shanghai China Cultural Acrobatic Performance

Dragon Dance Performance

10.30 p.m.

Speech by Flame Watching Ceremony Adviser, Mr. Tan Lye Hock

Launching of Flame Watching Ceremony by Y.B. Danny Law Heng Kiang

“Kim Kor” Team Performance

Activities/Performances in front of Snake Temple, Penang

7.00 p.m.          Lion Dance welcoming Guests

9.00 p.m.          Performance of Lion Dance on Stilts

10.30 p.m.        Chio Tian Culture Drum Performance

11.00 p.m.        Performance of Lion Dance on Stilts

11.30 p.m.        Dragon Dance Performance/Snake Dance Performance

Opera Show/Chinese Martial Art Performance/”Chor Soo Kong” History

We would like to invite all our Malaysian friends to come and join our Festival on Tuesday, 4th February 2014.

We would like to invite all our Malaysian friends to come and join our Festival on Tuesday, 4th February 2014.