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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 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.

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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang

Hi Readers,

Photo by Peter Ho, our Webmaster on our book on The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang which is available at our 5 Temples.

Photo by Peter Ho, our Webmaster on our book on The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Our 200-page hard cover books priced at Rm100/- each on The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang are available at the following places:-

 

Books are sold at Sian Chye Tong, 395 Hye Keat Estate, Ayer Itam, Penang

Books are sold at Sian Chye Tong, 395 Hye Keat Estate, Ayer Itam, Penang.

Khoo Kongsi Gift Shop at No.15 Cannon Square (opposite Ticketing Office)

Khoo Kongsi Gift Shop at No.15 Cannon Square (opposite Ticketing Office) on the left of the entrance leading to the courtyard.

Toon Boon Tong Gift Shop, 6 Cannon Street, Penang

Toon Boon Tong Gift Shop, 6 Cannon Street, Penang.  See Sim Kuang Nien and his staff for The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Art Gallery of Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, Cannon Square, Penang

Art Gallery of Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, Cannon Square, Penang

Snake Temple (Hock Hin Keong), Sungei Kluang, Penang

Hock Hin Keong (Snake Temple), Sungei Kluang, Penang (photo by Peter Ho)

Cheng Leong Keong (Tai Tay Yah Temple), Jelutong, Penang

Cheng Leong Keong (Tai Tay Yah Temple), Jelutong, Penang (photo by Peter Ho)

Kim Hoe Keong/Siew Thean Keong, Jalan Dato' Keramat, Penang

Kim Hoe Keong/Siew Thean Keong, Jalan Dato’ Keramat, Penang (photo by Peter Ho)

Seng Hong Beow, Jalan C.Y. Choy

Seng Hong Beow, Jalan C.Y. Choy (photo by Peter Ho)

 

Chooi Bee Keong, Jalan Tanjung Tokong (photo by Peter Ho)

Chooi Bee Keong, Jalan Tanjung Tokong (photo by Peter Ho)

 

Please note that all proceeds from the sale of our books are for repairs, renovation, upkeep and maintenance of the above 5 Temples.  We will be undertaking a major renovation of Cheng Leong Keong (Tai Tay Yah Temple) in Jelutong, Penang soon.

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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 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!!!