The Chief Minister of Penang, Mr. Lim Guan Eng arrived promptly at 6.20 p.m. to officiate the Ban Ka Lan Snake Festival 2013. He was greeted by the usual lion dance, and on hand to greet him were members of the Joint Organising Committee and Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.
He was then taken up to pay homage to Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong in the Snake Temple, before proceeding to the Indian Temple to pay his respects. Then to the Main Stage Area for the official programme.
I got them to pose for a photo before the arrival of Y.A.B. Mr. Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang
Lion Dance heralding the arrival of Y.A.B. Mr. Lim Guan Eng
Here he comes, all smiles for the crowd.
Being greeted upon arrival by Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang – Khoo Kay Hock
Greeting friends on the way to Snake Temple.
Saying Happy New Year to spectators waiting outside Snake Temple
Turning back to say Gong Xi Fa Cai to the people below
Paying homage to Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong of Snake Temple
Inside Indian Temple
Y.A.B. waiting to be blessed by Indian priests
Y.A.B. Mr. Lim Guan Eng being blessed by Indian priests
VIPs and guests at Main Stage Area for Official Programme
Chio Tian Cultural Drum Performance
Organising Chairman, Cheah Cheng Ean giving a speech
Tan Lye Hock, Celebration Chairman giving his speech
Crowd listening to speeches
Y.B. Danny Law Heng Kiang giving his speech
Y.A.B. Chief Minister saying Huat ah, Heng ah, Ong ah after his speech (meaning prosperity, success and good luck)
VIPs and sponsors of this event being called on stage for …..
……..raining confetti on the crowd to add to the festive occasion before the departure of Y.A.B. Mr. Lim Guan Eng
Hokkien Kongsi, Penang says a big thank you to everybody who came to our Ban Ka Lan Snake Festival 2013. You helped to make it such a success. We also thank the Joint Organising Committee for their sterling work, dedication and commitment in organising this Joint State Event, which was no mean task. Thank you to all sponsors too for your generous sponsorship.